The start of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad U23 will take place in Borsbeke on Saturday 2 July. On that date, this Herzele borough will cheer on the peloton of under-23s as they set off on their 155-kilometre race from Pastorijstraat.
The riders can look forward to a tough race, with several challenging cobblestone sections and no fewer than ten climbs. To get them in the mood, they will start off with the renowned and rattly Lange Munte, a 2.5-kilometre section of cobblestones. This is followed by the first climb of the day up the Kattenberg, a cobbled climb succeeded soon after by more cobbles along Holleweg and the famous Haaghoek–Leberg combination.
Paddenstraat is also on the Men's U23 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad menu on this day. After this cobblestone section in Zottegem, the riders must face the Valkenberg, Wolvenberg and Molenberg, after which they may resume jouncing over the cobblestones of Haaghoek. Then comes another climb, up the Leberg this time, before the pack heads over towards Berendries. Then, they must make their way over the Elverenberg–Vossenhol duo.
After 100 kilometres, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad’s infamous final stretch begins with a climb of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, soon followed by the Bosberg, the last climb of the day. Afterwards, the riders set off towards Herzele again, finishing up with a local lap of 11 kilometres. And after 155 kilometres, we will finally know the name of Arnaud De Lie’s successor to the new finish line on Pastorijstraat in Borsbeke.