On Sunday 26 March it is time for Gent-Wevelgem, a classic that breathes history. Last year, Elisa Balsamo and Biniam Girmay sprinted towards the victory in Wevelgem. Wondering who will win this year? Find out in advance which teams will be at the start.
De 11e Gent-Wevelgem voor vrouwen kreeg een wereldkampioene als winnaar. De Italiaanse Balsamo sprintte naar de zege op de Vanackerestraat. Ze haalde het voor de winnares van vorig jaar, Vos. De Italiaanse Confalonieri strandde op de derde plaats.
This weekend it is time to race in Flanders Fields. Gent-Wevelgem will be held between Ypres and Wevelgem, in the setting of the First World War. How the race proceeds on Sunday will be up to the riders, but the weather conditions are also important. The weather gods are in the best mood for the riders on Sunday, so we predict a good day of racing. We start the day with some light clouds, later in the morning the clouds break up and the temperature rises to around 17°C. Sunday will be a beautiful sunny race day through Flanders Fields, for the Elite Men and Elite Women but also for the fans along the track.
Gent-Wevelgem is just around the corner. On Sunday 27 March, the peloton will ride between Ypres and Wevelgem and we will be waiting to see who will succeed Marianne Vos and Wout van Aert on the podium. But you can also ride your Gent-Wevelgem one day before the pros.
For two years now we have been looking forward to welcoming back fans to Gent-Wevelgem. On Sunday we finally get to again and for the very first time at the Grand Place in Ypres for the start presentations. We are ready for an amazing race day on March 27. Find out what there is to do at Gent-Wevelgem here!
Ypres and Wevelgem are getting ready to welcome the cycling peloton and fans. Because during Gent-Wevelgem we can welcome you again along the track. Would you like to be well prepared or be the first to know where you can follow the race closely? In our free Gent-Wevelgem fan guide you'll find all the information you need for your ideal race day.
Saturday is the day the elite men and women but also the youth ride their Gent-Wevelgem. For the first time in three years they will be shouted to victory by the fans. Would you like to give your favourite some fan wisdom at the start presentations and along the route? We will gladly put all mobility options in order for you to get to Gent-Wevelgem smoothly, despite the cycling crowds. Keep in mind that just like you, other cycling fans will be on the road. So make sure you leave well in advance for a good spot at the start presentations in Ypres, along the track and at the finish in Wevelgem.
On Sunday 27 March, Gent-Wevelgem for women will be organised for the 11th time. The fans can come and cheer on their favourite rider once more on the Grote Markt in Ypres, after two years of absence. Will Marianne Vos triumph in Wevelgem or will a new name appear on the list of honour?
We are looking forward to it: cycling fans on the Grote Markt of Ypres, for the very first time, and along the track. It has been a while since we were able to welcome you back and now it is finally possible again! To celebrate, we are giving away some fanboxes. What you have to do? Register now and experience the race in a unique way!
The wait was long before the 10th edition of Gent-Wevelgem for women really started. The race finally developed at the second climb of the Kemmelberg. It was Trek-Segafredo that pulled out all the stops deep into the finale. The Italian Longo Borghini went even further and got her compatriot Paladin to join her. Just in sight of the line they were caught by the peloton again. Dutch rider Vos sprinted to victory ahead of Kopecky and Brennauer.
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.
Sunday 27 March is finally the day. In addition to the elite men's and women's races, there will also be five youth races on the programme again. After two years we can finally enjoy seven races in Flanders Fields again. You will be there to cheer on our youthful talent, won't you?
On 16 March 2022 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and Flanders Classics unveil the symbolic winner's trophy for Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields 2022. Yves Delplace, artist and CWGC artisan, designed and produced the trophy that will find its final home with the future winners of the cycling classic on 27 March 2022. The CWGC opens the doors of its workshop in Ypres and demonstrates the 'making of' the Australian Soldier Commemorative Trophy.
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.
On Sunday 28 March the 10th edition of Gent-Wevelgem is on the programme. Jolien D'hoore, the first on the Vanackerestraat last year, will have tough competition in the upcoming anniversary edition. Will the Belgian win for the second time in a row and put her name alongside record holder Wild or will a new rider shine between Ypres and 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.
After her victory in Wevelgem last year, Wild is currently the only record holder with two victories. Next Sunday she will also be at the start in Ypres, looking for a third and thus new record victory. To be back on the highest scaffold in Wevelgem she will have to deal with former winners Bastianelli and Deignan.
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.
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.