Photo gallery: 2015 men’s Gent-Wevelgem

by CyclingTips

Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem made headlines not just because of Luca Paolini’s gutsy solo win — arguably the biggest victory of his career — but because of the horrendous conditions faced by the riders.

Winds of up to 90km/h buffeted the riders as they covered the 240km from Deinze to Wevelgem via nine cobbled sectors. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, who was blown off his bike before managing to chase back on and finish third, told VeloNews:

“I’ve never raced in wind like that before. It was unbelievable,” Thomas said. “We knew it was windy, but that was chaos, it was just hard to stay on the road.”

Thomas’ teammate Bernie Eisel told RIDE:

“The whole thing was just stupid …I honestly rode five riders off the road because I couldn’t hold my bike anymore and people just crashed everywhere. So I said, ‘Stuff that.’ I had a meeting and then we stopped the race – neutralised it.’”

Jack Bauer of Cannondale-Garmin told VeloNews:

“I don’t think I ever raced in a race like that before,” Bauer said. “There was so many really fast sections where the wind just dictated what happened; you just had to keep your balance, and most of us didn’t manage to do that.”

In the end just 39 of the 200 starters completed the race.

We hope you enjoy the following collection of images from a memorable day of racing, courtesy of Kristof Ramon.

Race results

Gent - Wevelgem ME (1.UWT) Deinze → Wevelgem

PAOLINI Luca Team Katusha
TERPSTRA Niki Etixx - Quick Step
THOMAS Geraint Team Sky

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