Men Elite history

1. France Christophe Laporte 2. Belgium Wout van Aert 3. Belgium Sep Vanmarcke 4. Belgium Frederik Frison 5. Denmark Mads Pedersen 6. Denmark Mikkel Bjerg 7. France Alexis Renard 8. Netherlands Olav Kooij 9. Netherlands Danny van Poppel 10. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Daniel McLay

Results 2023

Frenchman Christophe Laporte was able to celebrate on the Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem. His teammate Wout van Aert accelerated on the second ascent of the Kemmelberg, with more than 50 kilometres to go. Laporte was the only one able to follow the Belgian, after which they rode together towards Wevelgem. In the chasing group, Sep Vanmarcke won the sprint for third place.

Edition 2023
1. France Christophe Laporte 2. Belgium Wout van Aert 3. Belgium Sep Vanmarcke
Edition 2022
1. Eritrea Biniam Girmay 2. France Christophe Laporte 3. Belgium Dries Van Gestel
Edition 2021
1. Belgium Wout van Aert 2. Italy Giacomo Nizzolo 3. Italy Matteo Trentin
Edition 2020
1. Denmark Mads Pedersen 2. France Florian Sénéchal 3. Italy Matteo Trentin
Edition 2019
1. Norway Alexander Kristoff 2. Germany John Degenkolb 3. Belgium Oliver Naesen
Edition 2018
1. Slovakia Peter Sagan 2. Italy Elia Viviani 3. France Arnaud Démare
Edition 2017
1. Belgium Greg Van Avermaet 2. Belgium Jens Keukeleire 3. Slovakia Peter Sagan
Edition 2016
1. Slovakia Peter Sagan 2. Belgium Sep Vanmarcke 3. Russian Federation Viacheslav Kuznetsov
Edition 2015
1. Italy Luca Paolini 2. Netherlands Niki Tepstra 3. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Geraint Thomas
Edition 2014
1. Germany John Degenkolb 2. France Arnaud Démare 3. Slovakia Peter Sagan
Edition 2013
1. Slovakia Peter Sagan 2. Slovenia Borut Bozic 3. Belgium Greg Van Avermaet
Edition 2012
1. Belgium Tom Boonen 2. Slovakia Peter Sagan 3. Denmark Matti Breschel
Edition 2011
1. Belgium Tom Boonen 2. Italy Daniele Bennati 3. United States of America Tyler Farrar
Edition 2010
1. Austria Bernhard Eisel 2. Belgium Sep Vanmarcke 3. Belgium Philippe Gilbert
Edition 2009
1. Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen 2. Belarus Aleksandr Kuschynski 3. Australia Matthew Goss
Edition 2008
1. Spain Oscar Freire 2. Switzerland Aurélien Clerc 3. Belgium Wouter Weylandt
Edition 2007
1. Germany Marcus Burghardt 2. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Roger Hammond 3. Spain Oscar Freire
Edition 2006
1. Norway Thor Hushovd 2. Germany David Kopp 3. Italy Alessandro Petacchi
Edition 2005
1. Belgium Nico Mattan 2. Spain Juan-Antonio Flecha 3. Italy Daniele Bennati
Edition 2004
1. Belgium Tom Boonen 2. Sweden Magnus Backstedt 3. Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu
Edition 2003
1. Germany Andreas Klier 2. Australia Henk Vogels 3. Belgium Tom Boonen
Edition 2002
1. Italy Mario Cipollini 2. United States of America Fred Rodriguez 3. United States of America George Hincapie
Edition 2001
1. United States of America George Hincapie 2. Netherlands Leon van Bon 3. Germany Steffen Wesemann
Edition 2000
1. Belgium Geert Van Bondt 2. Belgium Peter Van Petegem 3. Belgium Johan Museeuw
Edition 1999
1. Belgium Tom Steels 2. Poland Zbigniew Spruch 3. Netherlands Tristan Hoffman
Edition 1998
1. Belgium Frank Vandenbroucke 2. Denmark Lars Michaelsen 3. Belgium Nico Mattan
Edition 1997
1. France Philippe Gaumont 2. Belgium Andrei Tchmil 3. Belgium Johan Capiot
Edition 1996
1. Belgium Tom Steels 2. Italy Giovanni Lombardi 3. Italy Fabio Baldato
Edition 1995
1. Denmark Lars Michaelsen 2. Italy Maurizio Fondriest 3. Belgium Luc Roosen
Edition 1994
1. Belgium Wilfried Peeters 2. Italy Franco Ballerini 3. Belgium Johan Museeuw
Edition 1993
1. Italy Mario Cipollini 2. Belgium Eric Vanderaerden 3. Uzbekistan Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
Edition 1992
1. Italy Mario Cipollini 2. Belgium Johan Capiot 3. Italy Adriano Baffi
Edition 1991
1. Uzbekistan Djamolidine Abdoujaparov 2. Italy Mario Cipollini 3. Germany Olaf Ludwig
Edition 1990
1. Belgium Herman Frison 2. Belgium Johan Museeuw 3. Italy Franco Ballerini
Edition 1989
1. Netherlands Gerrit Solleveld 2. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Sean Yates 3. Denmark Rolf Sorensen
Edition 1988
1. Ireland Sean Kelly 2. Italy Gianno Bugno 3. United States of America Ron Kiefel
Edition 1987
1. Netherlands Teun Van Vliet 2. Belgium Etienne De Wilde 3. Belgium Herman Frison
Edition 1986
1. Italy Guido Bontempi 2. Netherlands Twan Poels 3. Belgium Jean-Marie Wampers
Edition 1985
1. Belgium Eric Vanderaerden 2. Australia Phil Anderson 3. Belgium Rudy Dhaenens
Edition 1984
1. Italy Guido Bontempi 2. Belgium Eric Vanderaerden 3. Italy Pierino Gavazzi
Edition 1983
1. Netherlands Leo van Vliet 2. Netherlands Jan Raas 3. Belgium Frank Hoste
Edition 1982
1. Belgium Frank Hoste 2. Belgium Eddy Vanhaerens 3. Belgium Alfons De Wolf
Edition 1981
1. Netherlands Jan Raas 2. Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 3. Belgium Alfons De Wolf
Edition 1980
1. Netherlands Henk Lubberding 2. Belgium Alfons De Wolf 3. Netherlands Piet van Katwijk
Edition 1979
1. Italy Francesco Moser 2. Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 3. Netherlands Jan Raas
Edition 1978
1. Belgium Ferdi Van Den Haute 2. Belgium Walter Planckaert 3. Italy Francesco Moser
Edition 1977
1. France Bernard Hinault 2. Italy Vittorio Algeri 3. Netherlands Piet van Katwijk
Edition 1976
1. Belgium Freddy Maertens 2. Belgium Rik Van Linden 3. Belgium Frans Verbeeck
Edition 1975
1. Belgium Freddy Maertens 2. Belgium Frans Verbeeck 3. Belgium Rik Van Linden
Edition 1974
1. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Barry Hoban 2. Belgium Eddy Merckx 3. Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck
Edition 1973
1. Belgium Eddy Merckx 2. Belgium Frans Verbeeck 3. Belgium Walter Planckaert
Edition 1972
1. Belgium Roger Swerts 2. Italy Felice Gimondi 3. Belgium Eddy Merckx
Edition 1971
1. Belgium Georges Pintens 2. Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 3. Netherlands Gerben Karstens
Edition 1970
1. Belgium Eddy Merckx 2. Belgium Wily Vekemans 3. Belgium Walter Godefroot
Edition 1969
1. Belgium Willy Vekemans 2. Belgium Roger De Vlaeminck 3. Belgium Eric De Vlaeminck
Edition 1968
1. Belgium Walter Godefroot 2. Belgium Willy Vanneste 3. Italy Felice Gimondi
Edition 1967
1. Belgium Eddy Merckx 2. Netherlands Jan Janssen 3. Belgium Edward Sels
Edition 1966
1. Belgium Herman Vanspringel 2. Belgium Noël Vanclooster 3. Denmark Palle Lykke Jensen
Edition 1965
1. Belgium Noël De Pauw 2. Belgium Bernard Vandekerckhove 3. Belgium Gustaaf Desmet
Edition 1964
1. France Jacques Anquetil 2. Belgium Yvo Molenaers 3. Belgium Rik Van Looy
Edition 1963
1. Belgium Benoni Beheyt 2. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tom Simpson 3. Belgium Michel Van Aerde
Edition 1962
1. Belgium Rik Van Looy 2. Belgium Frans Schoubben 3. Belgium Armand Desmet
Edition 1961
1. Belgium Frans Aerenhouts 2. Belgium Raymond Impanis 3. Belgium Yvo Molenaers
Edition 1960
1. Belgium Frans Aerenhouts 2. Belgium Frans De Mulder 3. Belgium Jozef Planckaert
Edition 1959
1. Belgium Léon Van Daele 2. Belgium Joseph Hoevenaars 3. France Jacques Anquetil
Edition 1958
1. Belgium Noël Foré 2. Belgium Rik Van Looy 3. Belgium Fred De Bruyne
Edition 1957
1. Belgium Rik Van Looy 2. Belgium Richard Van Genechten 2. Belgium André Noyelle
Edition 1956
1. Belgium Rik Van Looy 2. Belgium Richard Van Genechten 2. Belgium André Noyelle
Edition 1955
1. Belgium Briek Schotte 2. Belgium Désiré Keteleer 3. Belgium Raymond Impanis
Edition 1954
1. Switzerland Rolf Graf 2. Switzerland Ferdinand Kübler 3. Belgium Ernest Sterckx
Edition 1953
1. Belgium Raymond Impanis 2. Netherlands Wim Van Est 3. Belgium Germain Derycke
Edition 1952
1. Belgium Raymond Impanis 2. Belgium Maurice Blomme 3. Belgium Aloïs De Hertog
Edition 1951
1. Belgium André Rosseel 2. Belgium Raphaël Jonckheere 3. Belgium Lionel Van Brabant
Edition 1950
1. Belgium Briek Schotte 2. Belgium Albert Decin 3. Belgium André Declerq
Edition 1949
1. Belgium Marcel Kint 2. Belgium André Declerq 3. Belgium Albert Decin
Edition 1948
1. Belgium Valère Ollivier 2. Belgium Albert Ramon 3. Belgium Hilaire Couvreur
Edition 1947
1. Belgium Maurice De simpelaere 2. Belgium René Beyens 3. Belgium Lucien Vlaemynck
Edition 1946
1. Belgium Ernest Sterckx 2. Belgium Maurice Desimpelaere 3. Belgium Michel Remue
Edition 1945
1. Belgium Robert Van Eenaeme 2. Belgium Maurice Van Herzele 3. Belgium André Declerck
Edition 1944

No race

Edition 1943

No race

Edition 1942

No race

Edition 1941

No race

Edition 1940

No race

Edition 1939
1. Belgium André Declerck 2. Belgium Frans Van Hellemont 3. Belgium Albert Van Laecke
Edition 1938
1. Belgium Hubert Godart 2. Belgium Edmond Delathouwer 3. Belgium Gustaaf Van Cauwenberghe
Edition 1937
1. Belgium Robert Van Eenaeme 2. Belgium Albert Ritserveldt 3. Belgium André Hallaert
Edition 1936
1. Belgium Robert Van Eenaeme 2. Belgium Jozef Somers 3. Belgium Gaston Denijs
Edition 1935
1. Belgium Albert Depreitere 2. Belgium Jerome Dufromont 3. Belgium Karel Catrysse
Edition 1934
1. Belgium Gustaaf Van Belle 2. Belgium Maurice Vandenberghe 3. Belgium Jerome Dufromont

Record holders

There are six of them, the men who managed to win Gent-Wevelgem three times. Only Peter Sagan is currently still cycling in the professional peloton, so if he manages to win again, he will be the sole record holder with four victories.

© Heemkundige kring Wibilinga, archief Georges
© Heemkundige kring Wibilinga, archief Georges

Robert Van Eenaeme belongs to that select group of riders who won Gent-Wevelgem three times during their careers. Van Eenaeme won the classic twice as an independent and once as a professional rider. His last win did not come until more than a week after the race. A photo published in the newspaper showed that Van Eenaeme was slightly faster than Maurice Van Herzele, who was initially declared the winner.  

 

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In 1956, Rik Van Looy won the first major classic of his career with Gent-Wevelgem. The Emperor of Herentals completed his hat trick six years later. Van Looy played an important role in Gent-Wevelgem between 1956 and 1969. The Belgian started the classic thirteen times, finishing in the top 10 no fewer than 8 times. 

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© Photonews

The Cannibal finished on the podium five times in Gent-Wevelgem, three times at the top. In his first victory, he had the measure of Jan Janssen after an impressive sprint. Three years later, he left his fellow escapees behind three kilometres from the finish and another three years further on he defeated Frans Verbeeck in the sprint with a select group. Merckx finished in the top ten in Gent-Wevelgem no fewer than nine times. No one else has ever done that.  

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After the disqualification of Abdoujaparov, the Italian Mario Cipollini was declared the winner of Gent-Wevelgem for the first time in 1992. A year later, Super Mario was able to win again and this time after a normal sprint. Ten years after his first victory, Cipollini joined the list of record holders in 2002. No bunch sprint then, but a fight with four other escapees. In his famous zebra outfit, the eccentric Tuscan won ahead of Fred Rodriguez. 

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Tom Boonen celebrated for the first time on the Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem at the age of just 23. He beat the likes of Magnus Backstedt and Jaan Kirsipuu in a bunch sprint. After that, the most popular Belgian rider of his generation had to wait seven years before he could celebrate again in Gent-Wevelgem. In 2011, he was faster than Daniele Bennati and Tyler Farrar. A year later, Boonen completed his hat trick after a sprint with a small elite group.  

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© Photonews

That Peter Sagan knows the Gent-Wevelgem podium well is an understatement. The second time he participated, in 2012, the Slovak was runner-up after Tom Boonen beat him in the sprint. A year later, Sagan was the winner. And how! He crossed the line solo with a wheelie after an icy and shortened edition. In 2016, as world champion, he doubled his number of victories in Gent-Wevelgem. Two years later, Sagan was again able to celebrate in his rainbow jersey. He defeated Elia Viviani and Arnaud Démare in the sprint to become co-record holder.