Sagan, Bastianelli win Gent-Wevelgem, Valverde takes Catalunya: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 26, 2018

Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title; Bastianelli wins women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Yates wins final stage of Volta a Catalunya, Valverde takes overall; Ovechkin wins Tour de Langkawi, Guardini takes final stage; Rosa wins Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Tratnik best in final TT; Harper, Lucas win Oceania cycling championships; Bernal crashes out of Volta a Catalunya while in second overall, Martin also falls; Video: Amazing Cycling Descents – Sagan, Nibali, Cancellara

Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title

by Neal Rogers

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 80th edition of the Belgian classic Gent-Wevelgem Sunday, holding off Italian Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) in a small bunch sprint.

With the win, Sagan becomes one of six riders to win the Belgian race three times. He’s also become the most successful rider in the race’s history; over the past seven editions of the race, he has won three times and reached the podium a total of six times.

“I’m very happy and I’m glad to win this race again,” Sagan said. “My team did a great job. In the finale, there were two of us remaining in the front group and I’m really happy with our performance. Sprints are always like a lottery and I was wondering what was going to happen. In the end, I started my sprint early and it worked out — I had the legs to keep going.”

Held two days after E3 Harelbeke, and one week before the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the 80th edition of Gent-Wevelgem drew a field mixed with cobblestone specialists and field sprinters.

While a very different race than Milan-San Remo, Gent-Wevelgem is a classic that can often finish in a sprint, meaning many of the same riders who contested La Primavera one week earlier were on the start line.

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Today’s feature image is from Gent-Wevelgem by Gruber Images.