The 2020 cycling calendar is completely upside down, with a particularly busy agenda in the autumn. For example, all the postponed spring races of Flanders Classics overlap with the Giro. In order not to let cycling fans choose, but above all to let them enjoy all the postponed races, Flanders Classics now decides to change the starting hours of its classics, so that the women's WorldTour races end up in an attractive time slot.
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.
The women’s peloton lines up for the battle for the win in Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields on Sunday 29 March 2020. The 2020 edition of the race fields a peloton with the absolute elite of women’s cycling. There are 24 teams coming to Flanders for a race set in the historic lanscape between Ypres and Wevelgem.
Flanders Classics and KPMG Belgium have announced their new collaboration in women’s cycling today. Flanders Classics, renowned for its one day races, and the international provider of audit and consultancy services will work together to improve the overall level of the organizer’s women’s cycling races.
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
Since the introduction of the women’s Gent-Wevelgem in 2012, no single rider has succeeded in repeating her success in Flanders Fields. On Sunday 31 March, Marta Bastianelli will be looking to do just that, against a strong line up in which Jolien D’hoore, Amy Pieters and Lotta Lepistö are confirmed.
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.
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.
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.
Finnish cyclist Lotta Lepistö certainly won’t be forgetting Spring 2017 in Flanders in a hurry. Last Wednesday, the Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team rider was the quickest in the Dwars door Vlaanderen and she went on to secure victory in Wevelgem after an extremely close sprint finish. Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle High5) was a whisker away from winning it herself. American rider Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) finished third.