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 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.