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.
While searching for a new record victory, Wild can count on Brennauer and Confalonieri at Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team. To succeed she will not only have to deal with the wind, the Kemmelberg and the Plugstreets, but also with some strong competitors. At Alé BTC Ljubljana they count on ex-winner and reigning Italian champion Bastianelli, who was the best in 2018. In addition, one can also look forward to Team Sunweb, which will bring a strong selection to the start. The American Rivera will wear number 1 and will be supported by ex-winner Mackaij (2015), Lippert and Wiebes, last year 2nd after Wild.
At Trek-Segafredo we find a lot of experience on the provisional list. Lizzie Deignan leads the team, together with Longo Borghini, Van Dijk, Worrack and French champion Cordon Ragot. For Canyon // SRAM Racing Klein, 3rd in 2018, and Cromwell have to try their best. Mitchelton-Scott brings Grace Brown, winner of De Brabantse Pijl, 5th at the World Championships Time Trial in Imola and 2nd in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, to the start.
Among the UCI Women's Teams one can look forward to the performances of some Belgian riders. Belgian champion Kopecky is the leader at Lotto Soudal Ladies. At Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam they are counting on Jolien D'hoore, who has been runner-up twice in Gent-Wevelgem in the past, supported by the Dutch Jip van den Bos. For Rally Cycling, Chloe Hosking, 3rd in 2015, has a shot at victory.
Download the provisional start list here.
We will know on Sunday evening whether Wild will take her third victory. What we already know for sure is that you can see more from a distance. In view of the current health situation in Belgium, the organisation is calling for this year's race not to go to the start, finish or course, but to follow the race from a safe distance at home. More info on live broadcasting you can fine here.