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by Mark Zalewski
February 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.
Organisers for Gent-Wevelgem announced the final wildcard invites for the 79th edition of the race. The three teams are Veranda’s Willems-Crelan with Stijn Devolder and Timothy Dupont, Cofidis featuring sprinter Nacer Bouhanni and the Cycling Academy team from Israel, which stepped up to the ProContinental level this year.
Sagan won Gent-Wevelgem in 2016, his first win as world champion.
The race announced the first four wildcards for the race in January: Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, WB Vera Classic AquaProtect, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Roompot-Dutch Lottery.
The seven wildcard teams join the eighteen WorldTour teams that are obliged to race.
The race is on Sunday, 26 March starting in Deinze start with defending champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) once again a race favourite.