Gent Wevelgem

Tragedy strikes pro peloton: Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié killed by race moto at Gent-Wevelgem

It was the event everyone feared might happen: A professional cyclist has died after being struck by a race motorcycle. According to AFP, Belgian Antoine Demoitié of Wanty-Groupe Gobert succumbed to injuries Sunday evening at a hospital in Lille, France, after he was struck hours earlier during Gent-Wevelgem. It said that the news was confirmed by police. “The …

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Rainbow curse, lifted! Peter Sagan wins Gent-Wevelgem from breakaway

Whatever curse may been associated with the world champion’s rainbow jersey was lifted Sunday at Gent-Wevelgem, when Peter Sagan won a four-man sprint to take the Belgian semi-classic ahead of Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo). Russian Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) finished third, with Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) in fourth. It was Sagan’s second victory at Gent-Wevelgem, and his first in the rainbow …

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Commentary: Why Tony Martin racing the cobbled classics changes everything

When three-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin announced last month that, for the first time in his career, he will focus on the cobblestone classics this season, the entire pro peloton took notice. Why? Because Martin’s participation tipped the scales in favor of an Etixx-QuickStep domination, from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which kicks off the classics season …

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Inside Line: Chloe Hosking’s Gent-Wevelgem

While the second round of the women’s World Cup was happening over in northern Italy on Sunday, another major women’s race was being held in Belgium: Gent-Wevelgem. Held on the morning of the men’s WorldTour race, the 112km women’s Gent-Wevelgem features a handful of short and steep climbs, including two ascents of the challenging Kemmelberg …

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Reflections From The Semi-Classics

With the first major part of the season completed it’s now a good time to reflect on everything that’s happened. I’ve put together a photographic recap of the Semi-Classics from a selection of images by Kristof Ramon.

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