Mix of fast and classic riders is challenging Pedersen

17 March 2021

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? Check the start list below.

Barely 6 months ago, on 11 October 2020, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was able to rejoice in an exceptional autumn race. This year, with Stuyven and Theuns in support, he will be looking for a second consecutive victory. Also on the start list is Italian Trentin, who finished third behind the Dane last year. At UAE Team Emirates, Trentin joins forces with strong bear and former winner Kristoff (2019) as well as sprinter Gaviria.

Deceuninck - Quick-Step will also bring a mix of fast and classic riders to the start. With Lampaert, Bennett, Ballerini and Stybar, they take on Lotto Soudal, where Gilbert and former winner Degenkolb (2014) are joining forces. Another former winner can be found at AG2R Citroën Team with Van Avermaet (2017) who will be at the start with his team mate Oliver Naesen. They will compete against the strong and fast Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), among others.

Even more classic riders can be found at EF Education - Nippo where Bettiol, winner of the Tour of Flanders in 2019, will team up with Keukeleire. At Israel Start-Up Nation, Vanmarcke, Greipel and Biermans join forces, while Laporte and Viviani do the same at Cofidis.

At that other French WorldTeam Groupama-FDJ they count on Démare, while Bahrain-Victorious puts the Colbrelli-Haussler duo in front. Furthermore, cyclo-cross rider Pidcock (INEOS-Grenadiers) will be at the start for the first time and Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux is counting on Aimé De Gendt and Loïc Vliegen. At Team Qhubeka-Assos they are counting on the fast legs of the Claeys-Nizzolo duo.

Within the UCI ProTeams we'll be looking out for sprinter and former Belgian champion Merlier, together with Philipsen at Alpecin-Fenix. At French Total Direct Energie, Boasson Hagen is one of the other former winners on the list, supported by Terpstra and Turgis. Find the start list hereunder. 

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