Many regard Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as the 'Real' start to the season after the riders return from the early season races in Australia. For this years edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the organisers decided to mix up the course. Not only did it give the race a well needed change, it resulted in a much more exciting race.
Similar to last years race, OHM once again started from the historic Kuipke Velodrome which once again provided an incredible backdrop for the start of the race.
The cobbled Haaghoek section of the race always results in splits. The race visited the Haaghoek cobbles three times in total. This meant it was the perfect spot to watch the carnage of Omloop Het Niewsblad.