Annemiek Van Vleuten last years winner now with Movistar the one to beat (photo @cyclingnews)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (previously known as Omloop Het Volk) is held in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The race starts in Ghent and includes several short steep climbs and cobbled sections and finishes in Ninove this year. It shares some roads with the Tour of Flanders classic and is held the day before the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The women’s edition this year has a star-studded field lead by Annemiek Van Vleuten (now Movistar) and even has one of our Irish ladies at the start with Mia Griffin (Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants) Mia has already reached the top as a track competitor (Bronze European medal holder in the individual pursuit) and now moved to Belgium to tackle the road season as a debutant pro. We wish her success and good luck tomorrow, let’s hope she can join a break and show how good she really is!! My prediction for the podium would be the Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team Women), Anna van der Breggen (Team SD Worx) and Lotte Kopecky (Bel) (Liv Racing) but with Marta Bastianelli (Alè BTC Ljubljana Cipollini) and Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo Women) in the race they could be there or about. Also, danger could come from another Dutch girl called Floortje Mackaij (Team DSM Women) who was 3rd last year, she is a one-day specialist and this course will suit her perfectly. The race will be shown live on GCN and Eurosport

Look out for nr 214 (the ever smiling Mia Griffin) Photo courtesy of John Hammer

Movistar Team Women
1 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned)
2 Aude Biannic (Fra)
3 Jelena Eric (Srb)
4 Emma Cecilie Jørgensen (Den)
5 Barbara Guarischi (Ita)
6 Leah Thomas (USA)
Liv Racing
11 Lotte Kopecky (Bel)
12 Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita)
13 Valerie Demey (Bel)
14 Alison Jackson (Can)
15 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned)
16 Soraya Paladin (Ita)
Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
21 Marta Bastianelli (Ita)
22 Maaike Boogaard (Ned)
23 Eugenia Bujak (Slo)
24 Mavi Garcia (Spa)
25 Marlen Reusser (Swi)
26 Laura Tomasi (Ita)
Canyon-SRAM Racing
31 Alena Amialiusik (Blr)
32 Hannah Barnes (GBr)
33 Elise Chabbey (Swi)
34 Lisa Klein (Ger)
35 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol)
36 Alexis Ryan (USA)
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
41 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den)
42 Stine Borgli (Nor)
43 Marta Cavalli (Ita)
44 Brodie Chapman (Aus)
45 Eugénie Duval (Fra)
46 Emilia Fahlin (Swe)
Team BikeExchange
51 Jessica Allen (Aus)
52 Grace Brown (Aus)
53 Teniel Campbell (TTo)
54 Arianna Fidanza (Ita)
55 Sarah Roy (Aus)
56 Amanda Spratt (Aus)
Team DSM
61 Susanne Andersen (Nor)
62 Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr)
63 Juliette Labous (Fra)
64 Liane Lippert (Ger)
65 Floortje Mackaij (Ned)
66 Lorena Wiebes (Ned)
Team SD Worx
71 Jolien D’Hoore (Bel)
72 Christine Majerus (Lux)
73 Demi Vollering (Ned)
74 Amy Pieters (Ned)
75 Anna van der Breggen (Ned)
76 Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned)
81 Elizabeth Deignan (GBr)
82 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra)
83 Chloe Hosking (Aus)
84 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita)
85 Ellen van Dijk (Ned)
86 Trixi Worrack (Ger)
Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
91 Nathalie Bex (Bel)
92 Demi De Jong (Ned)
93 Thalita De Jong (Ned)
94 Claudia Jongerius (Ned)
95 Demmy Druyts (Bel)
96 Natalie van Gogh (Ned)
Dolticini-Van Eyck-Proximus
101 Marieke de Groot (Ned)
102 Christina Schweinberger (Aut)
103 Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut)
104 Nicole Steigenga (Ned)
105 Fien Van Eynde (Bel)
106 Bryony van Velzen (Ned)
Lotto Soudal Ladies
111 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel)
112 Lone Meertens (Bel)
113 Hanna Nilsson (Swe)
114 Anna Plichta (Pol)
115 Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr)
116 Elise Vander Sande (Bel)
Multum Accountants Ladies Team
121 Marijke De Smedt (Bel)
122 Anna Badegruber (Aut)
123 Fien Delbaere (Bel)
124 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel)
125 Céline van Houtum (Ned)
126 Kylie Waterreus (Ned)
Arkea Pro Cycling Team
131 Léa Curinier (Fra)
132 Lucie Jounier (Fra)
133 Typhaine Laurance (Fra)
134 Marie Morgane Le Deunff (Fra)
135 Greta Richioud (Fra)
136 Gladys Verhulst (Fra)
Women Cycling Sport
141 Antri Christoforou (Cyp)
142 Nicole Hanselmann (Swi)
143 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol)
144 Tereza Neumanová (Cze)
145 Luciana Roland (Arg)
146 Alessia Vigilia (Ita)
151 Elizabeth Banks (GBr)
152 Lisa Brennauer (Ger)
153 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita)
154 Marta Lach (Pol)
155 Julie Leth (Den)
156 Sarah Rijkes (Aut)
Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
161 Elizabeth Bennett (GBr)
162 Maria Martins (Por)
163 Sara Penton (Swe)
164 Finja Smekal (Ger)
165 Maike Van der Duin (Ned)
166 Maria Van ‘T Geloof (Ned)
Hitec Products
171 Caroline Andersson (Swe)
172 Martine Gjøs (Nor)
173 Mieke Kröger (Ger)
174 Ann Helen Olsen (Nor)
175 Christa Riffel (Ger)
176 Amalie Lutro (Nor)
Jumbo-Visma Women Team
181 Anna Henderson (GBr)
182 Romy Kasper (Ger)
183 Anouska Koster (Ned)
184 Riejanne Markus (Ned)
185 Pernille Mathiesen (Den)
186 Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned)
NXTG Racing
191 Julia Borgström (Swe)
192 Shari Bossuyt (Bel)
193 Amelia Sharpe (GBr)
194 Ilse Pluimers (Ned)
195 Charlotte Kool (Ned)
196 Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi)
Parkhotel Valkenburg
201 Mischa Bredewold (Ned)
202 Femke Gerritse (Ned)
203 Femke Markus (Ned)
204 Nina Buijsman (Ned)
205 Marit Raaijmakers (Ned)
206 Amber van der Hulst (Ned)
Team Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants
211 Svenja Betz (Ger)
212 Isabelle Beckers (Bel)
213 Antonia Gröndahl (Fin)
214 Mia Griffin (Irl)
215 Amber Lacompte (Bel)
216 Sara Van De Vel (Bel)
Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
221 Eva Buurman (Ned)
222 Leah Dixon (GBr)
223 Tanja Erath (Ger)
224 Kristen Faulkner (USA)
225 Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez (Col)
226 Eri Yonamine (Jpn)
Valcar-Travel & Service
231 Elisa Balsamo (Ita)
232 Chiara Consonni (Ita)
233 Vittoria Guazzini (Ita)
234 Silvia Persico (Ita)
235 Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita)
236 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita)