Thursday 25 february 2021 - Omloop Het Nieuwsblad -first Belgian classic of the year and first cobbled race this spring- to witness European champion's first appearance in Blue, as well as team-mates Leah Thomas and Emma Norsgaard's. García Cortina leads men's roster
The women's Movistar Team's fourth season will start on Saturday 27th February with the 16th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (UCI ProSeries) in Belgium. The opening cobbled classic features a 126km route from Ghent to Ninove with plenty of hills and 'pavé', including the brutal final climbs of the Kapelmuur and the Bosberg, formerly used by the Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Pablo Lastras will the sports director for the Telefónica-backed squad at the long-awaited debut of Annemiek van Vleuten, who will make her first appearance for Sebastián Unzué's group as part of a six-woman lineup also including Aude Biannic, Jelena Erić, Barbara Guarischi and two other additions to the Blue roster: Leah Thomas and Emma Norsgaard.
Over at the men's race, second round of the UCI WorldTour over 200km with thirteen hills and as many cobbled sectors, Chente García Acosta will conduct a seven-man group led by Iván García Cortina, in the Spaniard's first outing in the classics with the Movistar Team jersey. Imanol Erviti, promising Swiss youngster Johan Jacobs, Juri Hollmann, Mathias Norsgaard, Sebastián Mora and Gonzalo Serrano complete the list of thirteen riders brought by the Movistar Team to Belgium on Saturday.