Photo gallery: E3 Harelbeke & Gent-Wevelgem


While the past weekend of racing was marred by the tragic and untimely death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié, there was still some terrific bike racing to enjoy. Husband and wife photographer duo Jered & Ashley Gruber were in Belgium over the weekend to shoot both E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem – two of the key lead-up races before the Tour of Flanders and important races in their own right. We hope you enjoy the following gallery of images from the two races.

E3 Harelbeke:

E3 Harelbeke is often seen as a mini-Tour of Flanders; a hard hit-out on many of the same roads employed by the Belgian Monument a week later. And if Friday’s race is anything to go by, the upcoming Ronde van Vlaanderen will be an entertaining affair.

On the Oude Kwaremont climb world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) split the race apart then followed up with another move roughly 30km from the finish, ensuring it would be just he and former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) that reached the finish together. While Sagan is the more-fancied sprinter of the two, he didn’t have the legs and it was the Pole that took the win.


















































































Two days after E3 Harelbeke, the peloton again took to the roads of Flanders to race Gent-Wevelgem. The rainbow jersey was again in action with Peter Sagan forging yet another race-winning move. This time the Slovakian capitalised on his hard work, winning the four-up sprint to win Gent-Wevelgem for a second time. Importantly for Sagan, it was the first time he had won in the rainbow jersey of the world champion, after a series of near-misses so far this year.
























































































  • Avuncular

    Artfully constructed and great shots, thanks. I’m interested in the composition of the GW photos particularly where you’ve used the linear infrastructure of poles or trees to frame the mid field. My fav is the long distance shot with the spire in the background and the light poles framing the action. Given the tragedy it has an almost elegiac quality.

  • Tim

    Such awesome photographs. The man is everywhere!

  • Michele

    Beautiful photos. Thanks CT.

    Nice to see a Antoine Demoitié photo included from his breakaway during E3.

  • SteveAck

    Lovely shots

  • Igdon Heath

    Is that Erik Zabel with the spare wheels? (tenth pic from the bottom)

  • 900Aero

    Beautiful shots- thankyou

  • James

    Captures the beauty of Belgian bike racing magnificently!

  • Andy B

    Awesome photos, thanks for sharing :)

  • Patrick Murphy

    Quite simply, those shots are incredible.

  • sket

    Whatever CT pays for these, it’s an absolute bargain! Just awesome!

  • Tony Abbott

    Just brilliant

  • binotto

    Great photos yet again Jered & Ashley! I really like the black & white shots.

  • Ban

    Awesome !!!

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