Iván García Cortina opens the northern classics course

The Asturian from Movistar, who has already made his debut with his new team in Almería, will face Van Avermaet or Alaphilippe at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.


The Spanish Iván García Cortina will debut the northern classics season with the new Movistar jersey at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad that will take place this Saturday, in which powerful cyclists will be measured, such as the world champion, Julian Alaphilippe, and the Olympian , Greg van Avermaet. The 76th edition of the Omloop, a test dating from 1945 and on the World Tour since 2017, raises the curtain on the hill and cobblestone tests with a 200.5-kilometer route that will link Ghent and Ninove.

It will be the first contact for García Cortina, at 25 years old the Spanish hope for this type of test. The Asturian presents himself with a day of competition and the idea of sharpening the state of form for the big events of the season. In the Belgian event, the Movistar leader will be accompanied by Imanol Erviti, Johan Jacobs, Juri Hollmann, Mathias Norsgaard, Sebastián Mora and Gonzalo Serrano.

Julian Alaphilippe, in the rainbow jersey, will be one of the big favorites. To his usual ambition must be added the good image offered with his second place in the Tour de Provence. Along with the French, the focus will be on runners such as Belgian Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), who has just won the Star of Bessèges, and Van Avermaet, double winner of the Omloop, with 8 days of competition in his legs. The Spanish presence extends to the formation of Astana, with the inscription of Gorka Izagirre and Alex Aranburu. Both will also be present on Sunday at the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

The elimination of Tiegemberg is the main change in this year's course, which includes a total of 13 heights and as many sections on cobbled sections. Although the whole route is demanding, the key to the classic is in the last 50 kilometers, especially from the last pass through Oudenaarde and a Wolvenberg (km 145) from which several difficult areas are linked, with the Haaghoek (km 162 ), the climb to Leberg below and the steep Berendries (km 169) and Elverenberg (km 172). The last two heights will be the decisive ones with the ascents to Kapelmuur (km 183) and Bosberg (km 187). From this last step the career begins to decide.

The women's event will see the debut of the Movistar jersey of the Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten, 38, triple world champion and defending champion. The test will consist of 126 kms between Ghent and Ninove, which will also have the Kapelmuur and Bosberg in the final section. Pablo Lastras will be the sports director of the telephone squad completed by Aude Biannic, Jelena Eric, Barbara Guarischi, Leah Thomas and Emma Norsgaard.

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