If you grew up during the ‘Golden Age’ of 70’s bike racing and you’re a connoisseur of the Belgian semi-classics, then the lumping together on a weekend of the 54th E3-Prijs Harelbeke and 73rd Gent-Wevelgem is a bit of a worry; it smacks of ‘marketing’ to us. But we’re like the dinosaurs; we’ll be extinct soon – and we still have the kermises out in the cabbage fields.
As consequence of a crash at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, March 28th, Boonen suffered a strong contusion on his right thumb that caused him pain on the articulation. The thumb is swollen and he also has a stretched ligament.
On Sunday, March 30th the Russian Katusha Team will take part in the Belgian classics race Gent – Wevelgem (UCI WorldTour event), which will be held for 76th time.
The so called 'Sprinter's Classic' of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem is on this Sunday and as Ed Hood explains 233km of wind, cobbles and the mid parcours hills could well combine to rob the sprinters of their win.
You might not believe this, but it doesn’t always rain on race day in Flanders. The Gent-Wevelgem racers rolled onto the course in mid-morning, and the sun suggested it was really spring. PEZ went cobble-deep with VeloClassic Tours to witness first-hand the craziness that makes the Belgian Classics… Classic.
Team NetApp – Endura has been invited by the Flanders Classics organizers to compete in the 76th Gent – Wevelgem race. Only a week after Milan – San Remo, the highest ranked German team will thus be competing in the next major WorldTour classic. As at the Primavera, Team NetApp – Endura will be competing in the Flanders spring classic for the first time.
Pro Analysis: What can we learn as we approach the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix from the cobbled races run so far? After Gent-Wevelgem Lee Rodgers analyzes the big guns' form and ponders the question, could a domestique win in Flanders? And could you really call a two time winner of the Ronde a domestique?
It's Gent - Wevelgem 1974, you've made it over the savage Kemmel climb twice with the lead group and survived hanging on the back of an Eddy Merckx [Belgium & Molteni] and Roger De Vlaeminck [Belgium & Brooklyn] driven purge on the run-in; there are 17 guys left, so maybe you would settle for a top ten?
Race report: Wow. It was more or less a case of last sprinter still kicking as John Degenkolb gave Giant-Shimano another huge win in a crash-riddled edition of Gent-Wevelgem. It seemed like barely a kilometer went by without the cameras picking up scenes of tarmac-laden woe. Here's how it went down...
Earlier this year our roving reporter Gordan returned to Belgium to ride the feared Kemmelberg where he had some unfinished business to attend to. Here's Gord's story of a special ride through the Belgian heartland.
Mar 31, 2014 - Today’s EuroTrash Monday is an absolute race-fest as we get all the reports, video and quotes from the E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. Then we move onto the stage races for a catch-up with Catalunya, Coppi e Bartali and the Critérium International. If you have missed any race action…it’s all here! You’ll need that coffee this morning.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Gent-Wevelgem.
The BMC Racing Team's roster for Gent-Wevelgem includes a past winner, last year's third-place finisher and two others who have finished in the top 10 in Sunday's Belgian classic.