The Opening Weekend is one of the most prominent weekends of racing in pro cycling as it features the first high-level cobbled classics of the year. The second of which is Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne, which should provide an opportunity for the sprinters aswell as the cobbled classics specialists.
The race features 196.5 kilometers in the roads of Flandres in what is a rather sprinter-friendly course, however that is of course if they survive the sequence of bergs that exist. Among them are some hard ones including the Mont Saint-Laurent (1.2Km; 7.3%; 78.5Km to go), Côte du Trieu (1.1Km; 5.6%; 52,5Km to go) and the Kluisberg (1.2Km; 7.1%; 60Km to go).
The final cobbled sector, and spot where differences can be made, comes with 33 kilometers to go which is the slight uphill Beerbosstraat. From there on it's almost completely pan-flat roads into Kuurne where the riders will have a small circuit before crossing the finish line for the final time.