Gent – ​​Wevelgem

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Gent – ​​Wevelgem (since 2016 Gent – ​​Wevelgem in Flanders Fields ) is a Belgian road bike race .

It has been held on the streets of the Belgian western provinces since 1934 and is one of the classic one-day races . Unlike most of the Flemish spring classics, the route from Gent – ​​Wevelgem has a relatively flat profile. The biggest obstacle is the Kemmelberg , a typical Flemish slipway ( German  slope ) with a short but extremely steep and unpaved climb.

Gent – ​​Wevelgem has been part of this series of the most important cycling races of the year since the UCI ProTour was introduced in 2005. Since 2011 the race has been part of the successor series UCI WorldTour .

The flat profile of the race also affects the list of winners: a sprinter like Mario Cipollini was able to win the classic three times. The Belgians Eddy Merckx , Rik Van Looy , Robert Van Eenaeme , Tom Boonen and the Slovak Peter Sagan also won the race three times . The only German winners are Andreas Klier (2003), Marcus Burghardt (2007) and John Degenkolb (2014).

Since 2012 the race has also been organized for women. The women's race was added to the calendar of the newly launched UCI Women's WorldTour in 2016 .




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Web links

Commons : Gent-Wevelgem  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Elizabeth Armitstead wint eerste Gent-Wevelgem voor vrouwen on v. March 25, 2012
  2. Women's World Tour will replace the World Cup from 2016., September 25, 2015, accessed October 24, 2015 .