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The 2017 National Champions

Country Individual time trial Road race
Argentina Mauricio Muller Gonzalo Najar
Australia Rohan Dennis Miles Scotson
Austria Georg Preidler Gregor Mühlberger
Azerbaidjan Elchin Asadov Kirill Pozdnyakov
Belarus Stanislau Bazhkou Kanstantin Siutsou
Belgium Yves Lampaert Oliver Naesen
Canada Svein Tuft Matteo Dal-Cin
Croatia Matija Kvasina Josip Rumac
Colombia Jarlinson Pantano Sergio Henao
Czech Republic Jan Barta Zdenek Stybar
Denmark Martin Madsen Mads Pedersen
Eritrea Mekseb Debesay Meron Abraham
Estonia Silver Mäoma Gert Jöeäär
Ethiopia Tsgabu Grmay Hailemelekot Hailu
Finland Sasu Halme Matti Manninen
France Pierre Latour Arnaud Démare
Germany Tony Martin Marcus Burghardt
Ireland Ryan Mullen Ryan Mullen
Italy Gianni Moscon Fabio Aru
Kazahstan Zhandos Bizhigitov Artyom Zakharov
Latvia Aleksejs Saramotins Krists Neilands
Lithuania Ignatas Konovalovas Ignatas Konovalovas
Luxembourg Jean-Pierre Drucker Bob Jungels
Namibia Till Drobisch Till Drobisch
Netherlands Tom Dumoulin Ramon Sinkeldam
New Zeeland Jack Bauer Joseph Cooper
Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen Rasmus Tiller
Poland Michal Kwiatkowski Adrian Kurek
Portugal Domingos Gonçalves Ruben Guerreiro
Romania Eduard Grosu Marius Petrache
Russia Ilnur Zakarin Alexander Porsev
Rwanda Adrien Niyonshuti Gasore Hategeka
Slovakia Marec Canecky Juraj Sagan
Slovenia Jan Polanc Luka Mezgec
South Africa Daryl Impey Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Spain Jonathan Castroviejo Jesus Herrada
Sweden Tobias Ludvigsson Kim Magnusson
Switzerland Stefan Küng Silvan Dillier
Ukraine Oleksandr Polivoda Vitaliy Buts
United Arab Emirates Yousef Mohamed Mirza Yousef Mohamed Mirza
United Kingdom Steven Cummings Steven Cummings
U.S.A. Joey Rosskopf Lawrence Warbasse


2017 Tour de France Roadbook

2017 Tour de France Roadbook

2017 Tour de France Stages

Stage 1 – Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf (14km)

TdF 2017 Stage 1

Stage 2 – Düsseldorf – Liège (203.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 2

Stage 3 – Verviers – Longwy (212.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 3

Stage 4 – Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel (207.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 4

Stage 5 – Vittel – Le Planche des Belles Filles (160.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 5

Stage 6 – Vesoul – Troyes (216km)

TdF 2017 Stage 6

Stage 7 – Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges (213.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 7

Stage 8 – Doles – Station des Rousses (187.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 8

Stage 9 – Nantuna – Chambery (181.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 9

Stage 10 – Périgueux – Bergerac (178km)

TdF 2017 Stage 10

Stage 11 – Eymet – Pau (203.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 11

Stage 12 – Pau – Peyragudes (214.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 12

Stage 13 – Saint-Girons – Foix (101km)

TdF 2017 Stage 13

Stage 14 – Blagnac – Rodez (181.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 14

Stage 15 – Laissac-Sévérac-l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay (189.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 15

Stage 16 – Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère (165km)

TdF 2017 Stage 16

Stage 17 – La Mure – Serre Chevalier (183km)

TdF 2017 Stage 17

Stage 18 –   Briançon – Izoard (179.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 18

Stage 19 – Embrun – Salon-de-Provence (222.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 19

Stage 20 – Marseille – Marseille (22.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 20

Stage 21 – Montgeron – Paris (103km)

TdF 2017 Stage 21

Giro d’Italia Stats

Historical stats

– The race was created in 1909 and the inaugural edition was won by Luigi Ganna

– In 1912 there was no individual classification, but a team classification, won by Atala

– Alfredo Binda, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most GC wins, five each

– Italy leads the nation standings, with 69 triumphs, way ahead of Belgium, which has only seven

– Felice Gimondi holds the record for most podium finishes: 9

– Longest edition took place in 1962 (4180 kilometers), while the shortest was the inaugural one (2445 kilometers)

– The race has had 12 foreign starts until now: San Marino (1965), Monaco (1966), Belgium (1973), Vatican (1974), Greece (1996), France (1998), Netherlands (2002), Belgium (2006), Netherlands (2010), Denmark (2012), Northern Ireland (2014) and Netherlands (2016)

– Fausto Coppi is the youngest ever winner: 20 years and 268 days (1940); the oldest winner is Fiorenzo Magni: 34 years and 180 days (1955)

– Olimpio Bizzi (19 years and 299 days in 1936) is the youngest stage winner, while Giovanni Rossignoli (37 years and 186 days in 1920) is the oldest one

– In 1932, Giovanni Gerbi – 47 at that time – became the oldest ever rider to compete in the event

– Wladimiro Panizza has the most Giro d’Italia starts (18) and finishes (16)

– Between 1909 and 1913, the scoring format used a points-based system, which was subsequently changed to a time-based system

– Only three cyclists from outside of Europe have won the race: Andrew Hampsten (U.S.A.), Ryder Hesjedal (Canada) and Nairo Quintana (Colombia)

– The pink jersey is awarded to the race leader since 1931 and the first rider to wear it was Learco Guerra

– Eddy Merckx has the most days in the maglia rosa, 79

– Andrea Noe is the oldest ever cyclist to don the pink jersey: 38 years in 2007

– As of 2016, 259 riders from 24 countries wore the pink jersey

– 33 countries have won at least a stage at the Corsa Rosa

– Four riders have led the race from start to finish: Costante Girardengo (1919), Alfredo Binda (1927), Eddy Merckx (1973) and Gianni Bugno (1990)

– Two cyclists have lost the race on the last day: Laurent Fignon (1984) and Joaquim Rodriguez (2012)

– 14 riders who have won the overall without taking a stage win

– Longest ever stage took place in 1914 (Lucca-Rome, 430 km), and was won by Costante Girardengo

– Shortest one was won by Roger Swerts – 20 kilometers starting and finishing in Forte dei Marmi – in 1972

– The longest ever individual time trial came at the 1951 edition – 81 kilometers between Perugia and Terni – and was won by Fausto Coppi

– Switzerland was the first foreign country to be visited by the peloton, in 1920

– In 1921, the race began to be filmed in order to be screened in cinemas – 1928 was the year with the most cyclists at the start: 298

– Alfredo Binda holds the record for the most consecutive stage wins, 8 in 1929, and for the most stage wins at one edition, 12 in 1927

– Another Italian, Mario Cipollini, has the most stage victories in the history of the Giro: 42

– The mountains classification was introduced in 1933, same year that an individual time trial was held

– First edition to feature the Dolomites was the 1937 one; same year, the team time trial was introduced

– The closest winning margin in Giro history was recorded in 1948, when only 11 seconds separated Fiorenzo Magni from Ezio Cecchi

– The 1914 edition witnessed the largest winning margin: 1:57:26  between Alfonso Calzolari and Pierino Albini

2017 stats

– 22 teams (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental) will line-up for the 100th edition of the Corsa Rosa

– Of these, only Gazprom-RusVelo is winless this season

– The race starts in Alghero and finishes in Milan, after 3572,2 kilometers

– For the first time in four years, the Giro d’Italia will kick off with a road stage

– Two former winners are at the start: Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana

– Bardiani-CSF and Gazprom-RusVelo are the teams fielding riders only from the country they are registered in

– 32 countries will be represented in the peloton, with Italy having the most cyclists, 45

– Italy’s Vincenzo Albanese (20 years) is the youngest cyclist at the start, while Angel Vicioso (40 years) is the oldest one

– Paolo Tiralongo is the rider with the most participations in the Corsa Rosa, 11, not including the one of this year

– Bardiani-CSF’s line-up has an average age of 25 years, making it the youngest in the race; the oldest squad is Bahrain-Merida (32 years)

– The riders who are at the start have won a combined total of 6 Grand Tours, 2 Monuments, and more than 100 Grand Tour stages

– Five neo-pros will make their Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Albanese, Zhandos Bizhigitov, Ryan Gibbons, Edward Ravasi and Michal Schlegel

2017 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

2017 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

Liège–Bastogne–Liège Stats

Historical stats

– The first edition took place in 1892 and was won by Leon Houa

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most victories: 5, between 1969 and 1975

– The same Merckx has the most podiums: 7

– Belgium leads the nations standings, with 59 wins, followed by Italy (12) and Switzerland (10)

– Seven riders have won both Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège in the same season: Moreno Argentin, Philippe Gilbert Ferdi Kubler, Eddy Merckx, Stan Ockers, Davide Rebellin and Alejandro Valverde

– No U23 winner went on to take the victory as a pro

– Four cyclists from outside of Europe nabbed the win: Simon Gerrans (Australia), Tyler Hamilton (U.S.A.), Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazahstan) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazahstan)

– Since Bernard Hinault (1980), no other reigning Tour de France champion has won the Belgian Monument

–Moreno Argentin, in 1987, was the last rainbow jersey wearer to finish first

– Biggest winning margin was recorded in 1893, when Leon Houa came home half an hour ahead of his fellow countryman, Michel Borisowski

– The inaugural edition had 33 riders at the start, with only 17 of them getting to the finish

– Besides Belgium, only Italy got to place three cyclists on the podium, at the 2005 edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège

– The race has been affected by snow in 1919, 1957, 1980 and 2016

– Until 1973, ten editions have finished on the Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt, a 40 000-seat arena

– Since 1992, the race ends in Ans, a suburb of Liège

– Longest dry spell without a Belgian victory was between 2000 and 2011

– In 1957, the win was awarded to two riders: Germain Derycke and Frans Schoubben

– Youngest ever winner is Victor Fastre (18 years and 362 days); oldest one is Alexandr Vinokourov (36 years and 221 days)

– Davide Rebellin is the rider with the most editions completed, 14

2017 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will line-up for the 103nd edition

– Three of these teams are winless this season: Aqua Blue Sport, Roompot and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

– The course is 258-km long and includes ten categorized climbs

– Three former winners are at the start of the race: Simon Gerrans, Daniel Martin and Alejandro Valverde

– The cyclists who will ride the 2017 edition have won a combined total of 9 Monuments, 2 world titles and more than 70 Grand Tour stages

– Of the riders who are at the start, Samuel Sanchez and Bram Tankink have the most participations: 13

– France is the country with the most riders in the race, 34

– Ben O’Connor (21 years) is the youngest rider who will line-up in Liège, while Angel Vicioso is the oldest one (40 years)

– Liège–Bastogne–Liège marks 2181 days since the last win of the hosts in the event

– Three winners of the U23 race will ride the 103nd edition: Grega Bole, Guillaume Martin and Tosh Van der Sande

– 16 neo-pros will make their debut in a Monument at “La Doyenne”: Martijn Budding, Kevin Deltombe, Thomas Deruette, Fabien Doubey, Lennard Hofstede, Enric Mas, Jeroen Meijers, Remy Mertz, Xandro Meurisse, Ben O’Connor, Dan Pearson, Dimitri Peyskens, Oscar Riesebeek, Ludovic Robeet, Nikita Stalnov and Antoine Warnier

Paris-Roubaix Stats

Historical stats

– The first edition took place in 1896 and was won by Germany’s Josef Fischer

– Paris-Roubaix was the first Classic to be shown live on TV, in 1960

– Two Belgians – Tom Boonen and Roger De Vlaeminck – share the record for the most wins, 4

– Roger De Vlaeminck is also the rider with the most podium finishes, 9

– Belgium leads the nation standings, with 55 triumphs in 114 editions

– Frédéric Guesdon holds the record for the most starts, 17

– Raymond Impanis and Servais Knaven have the most races completed, 16 each

– Ten riders have won the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year: Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Fred De Bruyne, Roger De Vlaeminck, Romain Gijssels, Raymond Impanis, Gaston Rebry, Heiri Suter, Rik Van Looy and Peter Van Petegem

– The longest edition has never exceeded 280 kilometers, while the shortest one had 244 kilometers

– Marc Madiot is the only cyclist who has won Paris-Roubaix in the U23 ranks and subsequently as a pro

– In 1949, the victory was awarded to two riders: Serse Coppi and André Mahé

– Australia’s Stuart O’Grady and Mathew Hayman are the only cyclists from outside of Europe who nabbed the win in Paris-Roubaix

– The longest successful breakaway was recorded in 1988, when Dirk Demol won after being for 222 kilometers at the front

– Last rainbow jersey wearer to emerge victorious was Bernard Hinault, in 1981

– Five riders have won Paris-Roubaix after taking the victory in the Tour de France: Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx

– In 1936 – when Georges Speicher was victorious – the race ended on a hippodrome

– Between 1986 and 1988, Paris-Roubaix finished in the town, because the velodrome was undergoing some repairs

– First year in which riders were allowed to get a spare wheel from their teammates was 1965

– Youngest ever winner is Albert Champion (20 years and 362 days in 1899); oldest one is Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle (38 years and 229 days in 1993)

– Last French success was brought by Frédéric Guesdon, in 1997

– In 1990, Eddy Planckaert and Steve Bauer sprinted for the victory and the Belgian won for just 1 cm

– Biggest winning margin dates from 1898, when Maurice Garin finished 28 minutes ahead of Auguste Stephan

– 1968 was the first year in which the start was given from Compiègne

– First time when the champion received a cobblestone-shaped trophy was in 1977

– Highest average speed – 45,130 km/h – was recorded in 1964, while the lowest one was in 1922 – 22,857 km/h

2017 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will line-up in Compiègne for the 115th edition

– Three of these teams are winless this season: Astana, Roompot and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

– The course is 257-km long and features 57 kilometers of cobblestones across 29 cobbled sectors

– 38 countries will be represented in the peloton, with Belgium topping the list (38 riders)

– Four former champions are at the start of this year’s race: Tom Boonen, John Degenkolb, Mathew Hayman and Niki Terpstra

– Three U23 winners (Koen De Kort, Ramon Sinkeldam, Mike Teunissen) and four Junior winners (Florian Senechal, Jasper Stuyven, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Mads Würtz Schmidt) will be in the race

– Mads Pedersen (21 years) is the youngest rider at the start line, while Mathew Hayman (38 years) is the oldest one

– Same Mathew Hayman also has the most participation of the riders in the race: 15

– Paris-Roubaix 2017 marks 7301 days since the last home win in the race

– Seven neo-pros will make their debut in a Monument at Paris-Roubaix: Piet Allegaert, Jenthe Biermans, Ryan Gibbons, Riccardo Minali, David Per, Elmar Reinders and Mads Würtz Schmidt

– The Paris-Roubaix peloton has won a combined total of 15 Monuments, 2 world titles and nearly 100 Grand Tour stages

Ronde van Vlaanderen Stats

Historical stats

– First ever cyclist to take the victory was Paul Deman, back in 1913, when he needed 12 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the 324 km-long course

– Six riders share the record for the most wins (3): Tom Boonen, Achiel Buysse, Fabian Cancellara, Eric Leman, Fiorenzo Magni and Johan Museeuw

– Belgium leads in the nations standings, with no less than 68 victories

– Other countries to have a winner are Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom

– Last victory of a home rider was brought by Tom Boonen, five years ago, this being the longest drought of the host nation since the inception of the race

– Five of the 100 editions didn’t have a Belgian cyclist on the podium: 1951, 1961, 1981, 1997 and 2001

– Briek Schotte and Johan Museeuw share the record for the most podiums (wins included): 8

– The legendary Briek Schotte is also the rider with the most starts (20 in a row) and the most finishes (16), but the latter record is shared with Frederic Guesdon

– Youngest ever winner is Rik Van Steenbergen, 19 years and 206 days (1944); oldest one is Andrei Tchmil, 37 years and 71 days (2000)

– 1920 – when Jules Van Hevel notched the win – saw the lowest average speed: 26,105 km/h

– Highest average speed – 43,576 km/h – was recorded in 2001

– The first edition was also the longest one: 324 kilometers

– Only once throughout history De Ronde had less than 200 kilometers, in 1941 (198 de kilometers), when Achiel Buysse won the race for the second time

– Five reigning world champions racked up a victory in De Ronde: Louison Bobet (1955), Rik Van Looy (1962), Eddy Merckx (1975), Tom Boonen (2006) and Peter Sagan (2016)

– 1919 saw the largest winning margin: 14 minutes between Henri Van Lerberghe and Lucien Buysee

– The only cyclist to take three wins in a row is Fiorenzo Magni (1949-1951)

– Five riders have won the amateur, as well as the pro Ronde van Vlaanderen: Roger Decock, Edward Sels, Eric Vanderaerden, Edwig van Hooydonck and Nick Nuyens

– Last Grand Tour champion to take the victory here was Gianni Bugno, in 1994

– Gent is the only city that has hosted both the start and the finish of the race

– Brugge is a start city since 1998, the year of Museeuw’s third and final win

– 1944 was the last year in which the Tour of Flanders ended on the velodrome

– In 1984, only Phil Anderson and Jan Raas made it to the top of the Koppenberg without walking, the main reason for the ordeal the riders had to endure being the deteriorating state of the cobbles

– First cyclist to ride over the Muur-Kapelmuur was Fiorenzo Magni, in 1950

2017 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 101st edition

– Of these, Astana, Roompot, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Verandas Willems-Crelan are winless this season

– 32 nations will have at least one cyclist in the peloton, with Belgium providing the most riders, 44

– Youngest rider in the race is Ivan Cortina (21 years), while the oldest one is Mathew Hayman (38 years)

– Four former winners will line-up at the start: Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder, Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan

– Rudy Barbier, Simone Consonni, Dries De Bondt, Jonathan Dibben, Owain Doull, Jon Insausti, Amund Jansen, Edward Planckaert, Elmar Reinders, Oliviero Troia, Alex Turrin, Taco van der Hoorn and Stef Van Zummeren are the 13 neo-pros to make their debut in a Monument at De Ronde

– Of the riders at the start, Stijn Devolder has the most participations: 16, including the one of this year

– For Filippo Pozzato, this will be the 50th career start in a Monument, a record among active riders

– The peloton of De Ronde van Vlaanderen have won a combined total of 23 Monuments, 8 world titles and more than 100 Grand Tour stages

Milano-Sanremo Stats

Historical stats

– “La Primavera” was first raced in 1907, when Lucien Petit-Breton took the victory

– The inaugural edition had 33 riders at the start, only 14 of them completing the event

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most wins, seven, between 1966 and 1976

– The team with the most victories in the race is Bianchi – 17; first came in 1907, last one in 1974

– Italy leads the nations standings with 50 successes over the years, the last of which came in 2006

– Six-time winner of Milano-Sanremo, Costante Girardengo has the most podiums, 11

– Italian cyclists have taken the first three positions 34 times

– Youngest winner is Ugo Agostoni, 20 years and 252 days (1914); oldest one is Andrei Tchmil, 36 years and 57 days (1999)

– Wladimiro Panizza has the most starts in “La Primavera”, 18

– Four riders have won Milano-Sanremo while wearing the rainbow jersey: Alfredo Binda (1931), Eddy Merckx (1972, 1975), Felice Gimondi (1974) and Giuseppe Saronni (1983)

– The only winners from outside of Europe are Australia’s Matthew Goss and Simon Gerrans

– Sean Kelly is the last Grand Tour champion victorious in Milano-Sanremo (1992)

– Throughout history, the maximum distance of the race has never exceeded 298 kilometers

– The last year to witness a winner from a daylong breakaway was 1982, when Marc Gomez was part of a 20-man escape

– Gino Bartali holds the record for the longest time span between the first and last victory: 11 years

– Poggio was introduced on the course in 1960, when Gastone Nencini was the first rider at the top of the climb

– Highest average speed was recorded in 1990: 45,806 km/h

– 1954 is the year in which the race was shown live on television for the first time

– Biggest gap between first and second came in 1910, when Eugene Christophe got to the line 61 minutes ahead of Giovanni Cocchi

– Milano-Sanremo is the only Monument which hasn’t been won three years in a row by the same rider

2017 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 108th edition

– Of these, Astana, Cannondale-Drapac, Gazprom-RusVelo, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Novo Nordisk are winless in 2017

– 30 nations will have at least one cyclist in the peloton, with Italy providing the most riders, 56

– Youngest rider in the race is Egan Bernal (20 years), while oldest one is Angel Vicioso (39 years)

– Six former winners will line-up at the start: Mark Cavendish, John Degenkolb, Arnaud Démare, Simon Gerrans, Alexander Kristoff and Filippo Pozzato

– Davide Ballerini, Nuno Bico, Raffaelo Bonussi, Hector Carretero, Truls Korsaeth, Fausto Masnada, Jacopo Mosca, Umberto Poli, Miles Scotson are the five neo-pros to make their debut in a Monument at “La Primavera”

– Of the riders at the start, Bernhard Eisel and Filippo Pozzato have the most participations: 14, including the one of this year

– In case of a victory, Tom Boonen (36 years and five months) will become the oldest ever winner of the race

– 4018 days have passed since the last triumph of the host nation

– The riders in Milano-Sanremo have won a combined total of 21 Monuments, 6 world titles and more than 150 Grand Tour stages

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Stats

Historical stats

– Jean Bogaerts is the first winner of the race; at that time (1945), he made his debut as a pro

– Joseph Bruyere, Ernest Sterckx and Peter Van Petegem are the riders with the most victories, three

– Belgium leads the nations classification, with 54 wins so far

– First rider from outside Belgium to take the victory was Ireland’s Seamus Elliott, in 1959

– Only one Tour de France champion has won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Eddy Merckx, back in 1971 and 1973

– Last cyclist to finish first while wearing the rainbow jersey was Freddy Maertens, in 1977

– This is the only cobbled Classics Tom Boonen has never won

– Walter Planckaert is the rider with the most editions completed, 15

– Sebastien Hinault and Andreas Klier share the record for the most starts, 16

– Juan Antonio Flecha and Jan Raas reached the podium on five occasions, an all-time record

– Highest average speed was recorded in 1975: 43,45 km/h

– Between 1996 and 2009, the race used to finish in Lokeren

– 2011 was the only year without a Belgian rider on the podium

– In 2010, Tyler Farrar (U.S.A.) became the first non-European cyclists to finish in the top three

– The hills of the Flemish Ardennes were added to the route in the ‘50s

– Biggest time gap between first and second was in 1971, when Eddy Merckx finished 1:53 ahead of Roger Rosiers

– Jean Bogaerts is the youngest ever winner (20), while Johan Museeuw (37) is the oldest ever winner

– Only three riders have won Omloop and a cobbled Monument in the same season: Eddy Merckx (1973), Franco Ballerini (1995) and Johan Museeuw (2000)

2017 stats

– 25 teams (15 World Tour, 10 Pro Continental) will line up for this year’s edition

– Of these, nine are winless in 2017: Aqua Blue Sport, Astana, Bora-Hansgrohe, Cannondale, Roompot, Israel Cycling Academy, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Verandas Willems-Crelan and Wanty-Groupe Gobert

– James Callum Shaw (20 years) will be the youngest rider in the bunch, while Svein Tuft (39) will be the oldest one

– Five former winners will be at the start: Philippe Gilbert, Sebastian Langeveld, Ian Stannard, Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke

– Greg Van Avermaet can become the first Olympic reigning champion to win the race

– Tom Boonen is the rider with the most participations, 14

– 20 neo-pros will ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Jenthe Biermans, Ivan Cortina, Kevin Deltombe, Michael Goolaerts, Jon Insausti, Truls Korsaeth, Lawrence Naesen, Domen Novak, David Per, Ben Perry, Edward Planckaert, Mihkel Raim, Elmar Reinders, Hamish Schreurs, James Callum Shaw, Lukas Spengler, Jimmy Turgis, Taco van der Hoorn, Tyler Williams and Aviv Yechezkel

– The cyclists in the 2017 race have won a combined total of 16 Monuments, 8 world titles and more than 50 Grand Tour stages

– 28 countries will have at least one cyclist in the race, with Belgium topping the list (54)

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