In a time frame of 24 hours, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty will participate to Omloop het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Sunday), two Flemish classics which traditionally form the Belgian opening weekend. For the team of Jean-François Bourlart, it is even a long weekend until Tuesday with the GP Le Samyn, the first race on Walloon territory on the calendar.
With six victories and fourteen podiums after one month of racing, never did the World Team head to the Belgian opening weekend with similar dynamics. For these three one day races, a group of eleven riders will be divided in rosters of seven men: Niccoló Bonifazio, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Dries De Pooter, Rune Herregodts, Arne Marit, Madis Mihkels, Hugo Page, Baptiste Planckaert, Laurenz Rex, Mike Teunissen en Taco van der Hoorn.
On Saturday, the first cobble classic of season 2023 will start from the velodrome ’t Kuipke in Ghent. The 76th edition of Omloop het Nieuwsbladcontains nine flat cobble sections in addition to the twelve climbs in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes. The long series of obstacles starts halfway through the course of 207 kilometer. Among them, the Molenberg makes its return after one year of absence 40 kilometer before the finish. The triptych Haaghoek, Leberg, Berendries and the duo Muur van Geraardsbergen-Bosberg stay the principal attractions on the way towards the new finish line in the Elisabethlaan in Ninove.