Men Elite race info


Ghent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields starts in Ypres and reaches its conclusion on the Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem. In the first part of the race, the peloton heads towards Veurne, where the famous Moeren stands on the programme. The riders then set course for the Heuvelland where, along the way, they will encounter the Monteberg, the Baneberg, the Scherpenberg and, last but not least, the Kemmelberg. The Plugstreets and numerous monuments dedicated to WWI make this race through Flanders Fields one that is unique in the calendar. Last year, Biniam Girmay made cycling history in Wevelgem by becoming the first African rider to win a spring classic.

Start: Menin Gate in Ypres - 10:50
Finish: Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem - around 16:48
Distance: 260,9 km

Fan guide

Looking for all the practical information about Gent-Wevelgem? Then download our free fan guide below. In this guide, you can consult the timetable and road map, and you can also read all about mobility and the not-to-be-missed start presentations. Read on quickly and be prepared for the start! 


Who will follow in the footsteps of Biniam Girmay on Sunday 26 March? Discover below the provisional start list for a new edition of Gent-Wevelgem.

1. Eritrea Biniam GIRMAY 2. Norway Sven Erik BYSTRØM 3. Belgium Aime DE GENDT 4. France Hugo PAGE 5. France Adrien PETIT 6. Netherlands Mike TEUNISSEN 7. Netherlands Taco VAN DER HOORN
11. Belgium Tim MERLIER 12. Belgium Yves LAMPAERT 13. Denmark Kasper ASGREEN 14. Italy Davide BALLERINI 15. Denmark Phillip Casper PEDERSEN 16. Germany Jannik STEIMLE 17. Belgium Bert VAN LERBERGHE
21. Belgium Jasper PHILIPSEN 22. Switzerland Silvan DILLIER 23. Belgium Robbe GHYS 24. Denmark Søren KRAGH ANDERSEN 25. Germany Alexander KRIEGER 26. Germany Maurice BALLERSTEDT 27. Belgium Gianni VERMEERSCH
31. Belgium Wout VAN AERT 32. France Christophe LAPORTE 33. Netherlands Olav KOOIJ 34. Netherlands Timo ROOSEN 35. Netherlands Tim VAN DIJKE 36. Netherlands Jos VAN EMDEN 37. Belgium Nathan VAN HOOYDONCK
41. Belgium Greg VAN AVERMAET 42. France Pierre GAUTHERAT 43. Belgium Lawrence NAESEN 44. Belgium Oliver NAESEN 45. France Valentin RETAILLEAU 46. France Damien TOUZE 47. Belgium Stan DEWULF
51. Belgium Jasper STUYVEN 52. Norway Markus HOELGAARD 53. Netherlands Daan HOOLE 54. Luxembourg Alex KIRSCH 55. Denmark Mads PEDERSEN 56. Belgium Otto VERGAERDE 57. Belgium Edward THEUNS
61. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mark CAVENDISH 62. Netherlands Cees BOL 63. Italy Leonardo BASSO 64. Kazakhstan Yevgeniy FEDOROV 65. Kazakhstan Dmitriy GRUZDEV 66. Estonia Martin LAAS 67. Russian Federation Gleb SYRITSA
71. Slovenia Matej MOHORIC 72. Poland Kamil GRADEK 73. Italy Jonathan MILAN 74. Germany Nikias ARNDT 75. Italy Andrea PASQUALON 76. Serbia Dusan RAJOVIC 77. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Fred WRIGHT
81. Ireland Sam BENNETT 82. Austria Marco HALLER 83. Luxembourg Bob JUNGELS 84. Belgium Jordi MEEUS 85. Ireland Ryan MULLEN 86. Germany Nils POLITT 87. Netherlands Danny VAN POPPEL
91. Belgium Piet ALLEGAERT 92. Italy Simone CONSONNI 93. Netherlands Wesley KREDER 94. Belgium Christophe NOPPE 95. France Pierre Luc PERICHON 96. France Alexis RENARD 97. Belgium Jelle WALLAYS
101. Italy Alberto BETTIOL 102. Switzerland Stefan BISSEGGER 103. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Owain DOULL 104. Netherlands Marijn VAN DEN BERG 105. Germany Jonas RUTSCH 106. New Zealand Tom SCULLY 107. Poland Lukasz WISNIOWSKI
111. France Arnaud DEMARE 112. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Lewis ASKEY 113. Switzerland Stefan KÜNG 114. France Olivier LE GAC 115. Switzerland Fabian LIENHARD 116. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Jake STEWART 117. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Samuel WATSON
121. Italy Filippo GANNA 122. Germany Kim Alexander HEIDUK 123. Poland Michal KWIATKOWSKI 124. Ecuador Jhonatan Manuel NARVAEZ PRADO 125. United States of America Magnus SHEFFIELD 126. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Connor SWIFT 127. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ben TURNER
131. Colombia Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON 132. Spain Ivan GARCIA CORTINA 133. Spain Imanol ERVITI 134. Switzerland Johan JACOBS 135. Denmark Norsgaard Mathias JØRGENSEN 136. Germany Max KANTER 137. Spain Oier LAZKANO LOPEZ
141. France Kevin LEDANOIS 142. Ukraine Andrii PONOMAR 143. Netherlands David DEKKER 144. Belgium Jenthe BIERMANS 145. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Daniel MCLAY 146. Italy Luca MOZZATO 147. France Clément RUSSO
151. Germany John DEGENKOLB 152. New Zealand Patrick BEVIN 153. Czechia Pavel BITTNER 154. Denmark Lund Tobias ANDRESEN 155. Netherlands Nils EEKHOFF 156. Netherlands Casper VAN UDEN 157. United States of America Kevin VERMAERKE
161. Netherlands Dylan GROENEWEGEN 162. Slovenia Luka MEZGEC 163. Australia Blake QUICK 164. Netherlands Elmar REINDERS 165. New Zealand Campbell STEWART 166. Czechia Zdeněk ŠTYBAR 167. Australia Kelland O’BRIEN
171. Belgium Tim WELLENS 172. Germany Pascal ACKERMANN 173. Italy Matteo TRENTIN 174. Norway Vegard Stake LAENGEN 175. Colombia Juan Sebastian MOLANO BENAVIDES 176. South Africa Ryan GIBBONS 177. Denmark Mikkel BJERG
181. Belgium Arnaud DE LIE 182. Australia Caleb EWAN 183. Belgium Cedric BEULLENS 184. Belgium Jasper DE BUYST 185. Belgium Frederik FRISON 186. Belgium Brent VAN MOER 187. Belgium Florian VERMEERSCH
191. Belgium Ruben APERS 193. Belgium Alex COLMAN 194. Belgium Sander DE PESTEL 195. Belgium Milan FRETIN 196. Belgium Jules HESTERS 197. Belgium Aaron VAN POUCKE
201. Belgium Louis BLOUWE 202. Belgium Ceriel DESAL 203. Belgium Dorian DE MAEGHT 204. Belgium Ludovic ROBEET 205. Belgium Luca VAN BOVEN 206. Belgium Guillaume VAN KEIRSBULCK 207. Belgium Julian MERTENS
211. United States of America Stephen BASSETT 212. Canada Adam DE VOS 213. United States of America Colin JOYCE 214. Netherlands Bart LEMMEN 215. Canada Benjamin PERRY 216. Austria Sebastian SCHÖNBERGER 217. Belgium Gijs VAN HOECKE
221. Belgium Sep VANMARCKE 222. Canada Hugo HOULE 223. Italy Giacomo NIZZOLO 224. Belgium Jens REYNDERS 225. Belgium Tom VAN ASBROECK 226. Canada Guillaume BOIVIN 227. Germany Rick ZABEL
231. Norway Alexander KRISTOFF 232. Norway Kristoffer HALVORSEN 233. Norway Urianstad Martin Urianstad BUGGE 234. Norway Erik Nordsaeter RESELL 235. Norway Søren WÆRENSKJOLD 236. Norway Anders SKAARSETH 237. Norway Rasmus TILLER
241. Slovakia Peter SAGAN 242. Norway Edvald BOASSON-HAGEN 243. Italy Daniel OSS 244. Poland Maciej BODNAR 245. France Geoffrey SOUPE 246. France Anthony TURGIS 247. Belgium Dries VAN GESTEL
1. Eritrea Biniam Girmay 2. France Christophe Laporte 3. Belgium Dries Van Gestel 4. Belgium Jasper Stuyven 5. Denmark Soren Kragh Andersen 6. Belgium Tim Merlier 7. Denmark Mads Pedersen 8. Spain Ivan Garcia Cortina 9. Slovenia Matej Mohoric 10. France Arnaud Démare


In 2022, a piece of cycling history was written between Ypres and Wevelgem. The 84th edition of Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields broke open during the first climb of the Kemmelberg. It was Greg Van Avermaet who was first to try to shake things up among the favourites. From then on, there was attack after attack. Wout van Aert, among others, tried it, but that group was caught. Shortly after the passage in Ypres, the break occurred. A leading group of four got away and would sprint for victory in Wevelgem. It was the Eritrean Biniam Girmay who proved to be the fastest, and thus became the first African cyclist ever to win a Flemish spring classic.

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On Sunday 26 March, the Westhoek will be completely under the spell of Gent-Wevelgem. With seven races in Flanders Fields, there is plenty going on in both Ypres and Wevelgem. Discover the programme for a well-filled day of racing below.

The Grote Markt in Ypres will once again be the place to be on Sunday 26 March. After we have introduced all the professional teams one by one on the starting podium, we will fire the starting shot under the Menin Gate for a new edition of Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields. Ypres will be under the spell of cycling all day as, in addition to the professional races, five youth categories will also give their best in and around the City of Peace.  

7:30: Men U19 team presentation at Grote Markt
8:15: Men U23 team presentation at Grote Markt
8:40: Start of the GP Andre Noyelle Men U19 at Menin Gate
9:00: Men Elite team presentation on the Grote Markt with Linde Merckpoel, Max Vryens and DJ ProudMich 
10:00: Start of Kattekoers Ieper Men U23 at Menin Gate
10:00: Start of the Women U17 - local circuit in Boezinge (sub-municipality of Ypres)
10:50: Start of the Men Elite
11:45: Start of the Women U19 - local circuit in Boezinge (sub-municipality of Ypres)
12:00: Finish Men U19
12:10: Women Elite team presentation on the Grote Markt with Linde Merckpoel, Max Vryens and DJ ProudMich 
13:50: Start of the Women Elite 
14:26: Finish Men U23
14:30: Start of the Men U17 - local circuit in Boezinge (sub-municipality of Ypres)
16:14: Men Elite passage on the Grote Markt & race on big screens
17:26: Women Elite passage on the Grote Markt & race on big screens 

On Friday 24 March you can attend the Gent-Wevelgem Opening night in the centre of Wevelgem:

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Registration of participants for the relay race
  • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Relay race for associations on an illuminated and decorated circuit
  • 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Free ride for those who are not members of an association
  • 9:15 p.m.: Podium award ceremony
  • 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Drinks with music at Guldenbergplein

You can register for the relay race here.

On Saturday 25 March, it’s time for a ride steeped in history through Flanders’ fields. Do you fancy warming up the Kemmelberg and Plugstreets one day before the pros during the Gent-Wevelgem Cyclo? Hurry up and sign up here!

Experience Gent-Wevelgem from the fan zone on the Guldenbergplein in Wevelgem on Sunday 26 March:

10:00: Opening of the fan zone Guldenbergplein
11:28: Passage through Moorsele Men Elite
11:38: Passage through Gullegem Men Elite
13:00: Balance bike competition
16:48: Earliest anticipated finish Men Elite
18:04: Earliest anticipated finish Women Elite
20:00: End of the Guldenbergplein programme

On Sunday 26 March we are organising an Early riders balance bike competition in Wevelgem for the very youngest cycling talents. Would you like to give your son or daughter a unique experience in the professional setting of Gent-Wevelgem? We have four age categories:

  1. Boys born in 2018 or 2019
  2. Boys born in 2020 or 2021
  3. Girls born in 2018 or 2019
  4. Girls born in 2020 or 2021

The first balance bike race will start at 13:00. Those who are registered can sign in between 12:00 and 12:45 in the arrival zone on the Vanackerestraat in Wevelgem. Please note that wearing a helmet is mandatory for all participants. After the race, we will reward all the cyclists with a goodie bag, which they receive on the official Gent-Wevelgem podium.

After the start under the Menin Gate in Ypres, the men's peloton will head to Moorsele, where they will race via Ledegemstraat to Sint-Jansstraat before heading to Gullegem via Secretaris Vanmarckelaan. The riders are expected there around 11:30.

Local cafés and associations will provide drink and food stands at the intersection Sint-Jansstraat and Warandestraat from 10:30. The street band of 'Kunst naar Vermogen' will provide music and Streetmagic Joppe, GameBoy and De Poetsploeg will provide ambiance. Thanks to Games Club 13, there will also be children's entertainment and you can watch the race on a big screen.

After passing through Moorsele, the riders ride via Hondschotestraat to the Dorpsplein and Bissegemstraat in Gullegem, before leaving Wevelgem until the final kilometers via the Rijksweg.

Also in Gullegem, cafes and associations will provide drinks and food. De Twoapegerapte provide the atmosphere. Marcel Cyclette, La mer Perdue and Games Club 13 will provide entertainment for young and old. There is no need to miss anything from the race here.

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Sporting challenge in the middle of world history

On Saturday 25 March, you can explore the circuit of the spring classic between Ypres and Wevelgem for yourself. Gent-Wevelgem Sportive is the ride where world history and sporting challenge go hand in hand. Register now and test your legs on the Kemmelberg, one day before the pros.

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