After the wind broke the peloton into pieces in the Moeren, a front group of 25 riders emerged with some big names in it. The remaining groups were unable to close the gap and after about 180 km on the attack it was Wout Van Aert who became the 50th Belgian ever to win Gent-Wevelgem. He was the fastest sprinter on the Vanackerestraat before Nizzolò and Trentin.
On Sunday 28 March it's time for Gent-Wevelgem again. Then we will discover the successor to Mads Pedersen after a tour through Flanders Fields. 19 UCI World Teams and 6 UCI Pro Teams will be at the starting line at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Since 2016 Gent-Wevelgem has been working together with the Koninklijke Yperse Wielerclub and KWC De Sasspurters Boezinge to organize a Gent-Wevelgem race of the highest level on the last Sunday of March for elite Men and Women, U17 Men and Women, U19 Men and Women and U23 Men.
After the harsh winter weather and now that spring is back in the country, the Menin Gate underwent its annual cleaning at the beginning of April under the guidance of the owner and administrator of the monument, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The monument was thus literally and figuratively prepared for last Sunday, the commemoration of ANZAC Day.
Less than six months after last year's edition, the riders will be back at the start on Sunday for the race in Flanders Fields. The successors to Pedersen and D'hoore will receive a very special trophy. The Brooding Soldier Commemorative Trophy was designed to highlight the strong historical ties between Canada and Belgium from the First World War.
In just over a week, the peloton will gather under the Menin Gate in Ypres for a new edition of Gent-Wevelgem. Last year's winner Mads Pedersen will face strong competition according to the start list: a mix of fast men and classic riders. Who will be the best in Wevelgem?
De afgelopen jaren konden wielerfanaten het parcours van Gent-Wevelgem zelf ontdekken tijdens de Gent-Wevelgem cyclo daags voor de profwedstrijd. Helaas laat de huidige gezondheidssituatie het momenteel niet toe om wielertoeristen te verwelkomen aan de start van hun Gent-Wevelgem. Daarom werd er beslist om Gent-Wevelgem Cyclo uit te stellen tot 28 augustus 2021.
From today on, cycling enthusiasts can discover the virtual world of the Proximus Cycling eSeries. Flanders Classics, title partner Proximus, META as an eSports specialist and virtual cycling platform RGT offer challenges all year round in a free and realistic cycling environment. First challenge on the programme: the Paterberg challenge.
Gent-Wevelgem started for the first time in the heart of Flanders Fields, under the Menin Gate in Ypres. After a tough race with wind, rain and a lot of attacks in the peloton it was Mads Pedersen who was faster than Sénéchal and Trentin at the finish line.
On Sunday, Ypres is the setting for the start of the classic that crosses Flanders Fields. In the shadow of the Menin Gate, the fastest and strongest men are at the start. Last year's winner Alexander Kristoff will compete against Bennett, Ewan, Ackermann and Van Aert.
Gent-Wevelgem during the spring, it seems a certainty but nothing could be further from the truth. In the early years our race took place between May and September. After the Second World War we definitely found a place on the calendar at the end of March, the beginning of April, spring.
With De Brabantse Pijl (7/10), Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (11/10), the Scheldeprijs (14/10) and finally, the Tour of Flanders (18/10), there are still four Flanders Classics races on the revised cycling calendar. The organisation has decided to change the race circuit a bit from what was planned in the spring and to shorten the races in view of the busy autumn calendar that awaits the teams.
The first Gent-Wevelgem ever took place on Sunday 09/09/1934. Now, 86 years later there, is a chance that there will be a Gent-Wevelgem for the second time in the autumn. On Sunday 11th of October 2020 both the Elite Men and Women will take the start under the Menin Gate in Ypres.
There are 25 of them, the elite men’s teams ready to color the race on Sunday 29 March when the 82nd edition of Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields takes place. All 19 UCI WorldTeams signed up to be at the start in the center of Ypres. They will be joined by 6 UCI ProTeams, four of them with a wildcard.
One day before the pros, on Saturday 28 March 2020, you can ride your own Gent-Wevelgem Sportive. The Westhoek and the Heuvelland will be the décor of a ride through the history of the Great War. A ride that you as a cycling fan and world citizen can’t possibly miss, are we right?
Great news for Ghent-Wevelgem and for the city of Ypres: Ypres Market Square will become the unique backdrop to one of the most beautiful classics in the cycling season in the coming years. For Ghent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, as a WorldTour race, it is important to continuously renew and to strengthen its identity. After upgrading women's cycle racing, adding the "Plugstreets" to the route, introducing the "7 races in 1 day" concept, the organisation now announces a brand new start place for the WorldTour Men's Elite race, amidst Flanders Fields: The Peace City of Ypres (read more). Pic.:Jered Gruber
The wind is one of the elements that can add some spice to the Gent-Wevelgem, which was no different in this edition. This time, a strong northeast wind played a crucial role in the racing story: it inspired the cyclists to make the race a tough one, right from the beginning. Twenty cyclists did not wait until “De Moeren”, but made use of the wind and the coastal zone to enforce a separation after 50 kilometres already, and that with an average of 52 km/h. (Photo: Photo News)
The 81st edition of Gent-Wevelgem lies just around the corner, on Sunday 31 March, with 25 teams ready to show why this race through Flanders Fields is highlighted in their calendars. A full complement of 18 WorldTour teams is joined by seven ProContinental outfits signing on at the start in Deinze, with the seven wildcard invites divided between Belgian, French and Dutch teams (read more)
Karel Van Wijnendale once wrote: ‘Never, in the memory of mankind, was a race harder and more gruesome; never did it work more murderous on the mind, the bodily disposition of a cyclist.’ Written on Sunday, 11 May 1919: the Belgian Charles Deruyter has just won the first - and will prove later - the only edition of the Omloop van de Slagvelden (Tour of the Battlefields). On 19 December 1918, the Paris newspaper “le Petit Journal” announced a heroic cycling race along the battlefields of the Western Front, a 1985-kilometre route, executed in 7 stages, spread over 14 days. The newspaper wanted to pay tribute to the ‘glorious episodes from the Great War and to the numerous soldiers who had fought for victory’. The route originated in Strasbourg and then via Luxembourg, Brussels, Amiens, Paris, Bar-Le-Duc and Belfort back to Strasbourg again.
The tactical plan of the world champion was perfect: riding along in the group of favourites and starting the sprint surprisingly early, causing him to checkmate the others. He could assess the strength of Elia Viviani and Arnaud Demare in the sprint. By winning three times, twice in the rainbow jersey, he joins our record holders list; a list that he shares with Tom Boonen, Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy and Mario Cipollini. (Photo: Nico Vereecken - Photo News)
Prepare to suffer on the famous Kemmelberg, fight against the relentless wind in De Moeren and make your way through the semi-paved Plugstreets. To cap off a heroic ride you will get to throw your arms aloft as you cross the finish on the Vanackerestraat, one day before we find out who will succeed Greg van Avermaet. Choose between four distances and ... no matter which distance you choose, you will finish in style on the banks of the river Leie.
During our press conference last month, we handed "The Kemmelberg Trophy" to Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott) and Jack Bauer (Quick.Step Floors). Bewley and Bauer took the artwork to their home country, where it finally arrived. Read more to see the video message.
Ghent-Wevelgem does not carry the subtitle ‘In Flanders Fields’ by mere coincidence. The organizers of the early season classic attach a lot of importance in keeping the reminder of World War I alive. For example, the role played by the New Zealand Cyclist Corps in the ‘Great War’ will be highlighted this year.
Ghent-Wevelgem is in its 80th edition, but it is more alive than ever. Innovation has also never been a negative word for the organizers of the West Flanders World Tour Classics. That is why the U23 Cyclists Showing Promise and the Ladies Elite will also be sent over the famous Plugstreet - semi-paved strips in the region of Ploegsteert - in 2018.
1918. Next year, it will have been exactly one hundred years since the First World War came to an end. 2018 will be a year in which people all over the globe commemorate the ending of the Great War. Flanders Classics and the Ghent-Wevelgem Organisation believe this centennial provides an ideal opportunity for establishing a new race in a region that will eternally be associated with its historic battlefields: