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Group BikeExchange are effectively represented on this echelon. Michael Matthews has Luka Mezgec, Jack Bauer and Robert Stannard for firm, they usually’re working to strive preserve this group away from the peloton, which is regrouping behind. In addition to Deceuninck-QuickStep – who’ve only one rider in entrance – AG2R-Citroen and Alpecin-Fenix each missed the cut up, and people three groups will certainly collaborate behind. 

Maybe unexpectedly, Sam Bennett is the one Deceuninck-QuickStep rider to make this echelon with males like Wout van Aert and Matteo Trentin. One imagines the lads in blue will likely be energetic in making an attempt to sew the race again collectively.




Stefan Bissegger, Jonas Rutsch (EF Schooling-Nippo), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Premier Tech) and Laurenz Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB)


Chasers at 2:38:


Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Nathan Van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious), Jack Bauer (BikeExchange), Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Robert Stannard (BikeExchange), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Luis Mas (Movistar), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos), Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Group Emirates), Matteo Trentin (UAE Group Emirates), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Michal Golas (Ineos), Timothy Dupont (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Jeremy Lecroq (B&B Accommodations) and Cyril Lemoine (B&B Accommodations)

Peloton at 3:20

The reviews from out on the route means that the wind situations are wreaking havoc, and this entrance echelon has a lead of half a minute or so over the remainder of the peloton.

21 riders have made the entrance echelon: Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Nathan Van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious), Jack Bauer (BikeExchange), Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Robert Stannard (BikeExchange), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Luis Mas (Movistar), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos), Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Group Emirates), Matteo Trentin (UAE Group Emirates), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Michal Golas (Ineos), Timothy Dupont (Bingoal), Jeremy Lecroq (B&B Accommodations) and Cyril Lemoine (B&B Accommodations)


Echelon alert… Someplace between Pollinkhove and Hoogstade, the peloton has begun to fragment…

Two days in the past, Wout van Aert surprisingly ran out of fuel on the Tiegemberg within the E3 Harelbeke, writes Brecht Decaluwé. “We don’t must look very far. I punctured and took numerous initiative. I spent numerous power. All people has a restrict,” Van Aert stated earlier than the beginning immediately. He appears to be banking on a dash on this version of Gent-Wevelgem, understanding he spent numerous power in E3 Harelbeke. “It’s laborious to foretell. It’ll be laborious, even earlier than the hill zone. We’ll must see how a lot harm is finished. There’s a number of methods for me to win so I’ll have to consider that this time. The Kemmelberg fits me effectively. It’s easy. There’s not a lot harm carried out every time, although.” When requested if he’s sooner than Tim Merlier, Van Aert smiled. “Possibly if we dash right here at first then he’ll be the quickest however after 250 kilometres it could be totally different.”

HARELBEKE BELGIUM MARCH 26 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma during the 64th E3 Saxo Bank Classic 2021 a 2039km race from Harelbeke to Harelbeke E3SaxobankClassic on March 26 2021 in Harelbeke Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) is the most recent rider to desert the race.

The peloton has sped up in latest kilometres with the hole to the break coming all the way down to 7:45. The riders are heading in the direction of the coast in the mean time, so nervousness on the likelihood of winds affecting the peloton seems to be to be behind the upping of tempo.

Benjamin Declercq (Arkéa-Samsic) has deserted the race. He is the brother of Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Tim, who is not on the race immediately however will likely be in motion once more at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

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And the time hole is presently as much as 9:30.


The riders cross the 200km to go mark – it is nonetheless early days within the race and we’re nonetheless a way away from the race’s main difficulties.

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The breakaway’s benefit is presently as much as a sizeable 8:35. 

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Stefan Bissegger, Jonas Rutsch (EF Schooling-Nippo), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Premier Tech) and Laurenz Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB)

Peloton at 5:00

Bora-Hansgrohe supervisor Ralph Denk isn’t a cheerful man, and he has made the COVID-19 physician for the E3 Saxo Financial institution Basic the goal of his opprobrium for putting “two-thirds of the workforce” in a seven-day quarantine. Denk has additionally confirmed that his workforce will now miss Dwars door Vlaanderen too.

“I’m very disenchanted and offended,” stated Denk. “A GP from the area can block a complete workforce in one of many largest one-day races on the earth. We had a constructive Corona case with Partitions and have the roommate and a physio as class 1 contact individuals. That they must be remoted and quarantined is totally clear. Nevertheless, we in fact produce other riders and employees on website, so part of them have been additionally ordered to be in quarantine, however solely a few of them. Who was chosen and the explanations are fully unclear and it appears somewhat arbitrary. Truthfully, I am unable to perceive why different groups are allowed to race after comparable circumstances. We tried the whole lot final night time, however the physician did not even reply us anymore. It could be good to a minimum of perceive how he has justified his selections. We’re testing day-after-day in the mean time and all of the assessments to date have been unfavourable, with out exception. The a part of the workforce that has been quarantined will likely be quarantined till 1 April. This additionally signifies that we can not begin at Dwars Door Vlaanderen.”

After all of the apprehension over early splits, there will likely be aid for some within the peloton that the break was in a position to go clear so easily. The early truce sees quite a few riders cease for a pure break, whereas the 4 escapees push their benefit out to 4 minutes.



Stefan Bissegger, Jonas Rutsch (EF Schooling-Nippo), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Premier Tech) and Laurenz Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB)

Peloton at 3:20

The second EF rider within the entrance group is Jonas Rutsch, not Arroyave as beforehand said. Whatever the identification of the break, the peloton is content material to allow them to go for now. The quartet construct an early lead of two minutes.

Noppe does not final very lengthy within the group, nonetheless. The Belgian is distanced and has been caught once more by the peloton. 4 males stay in entrance: Bissegger, Rutsch, Rex and the spectacular Fedorov, who was the final rider to affix the transfer, having bridged throughout strongly.

Stefan Bissegger, Jonas Rutsch (EF Schooling-Nippo), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Premier Tech), Christophe Noppe (Arkéa-Samsic) and Laurenz Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) have opened a niche over the peloton. 


Stefan Bissegger and Jonas Rutsch (EF Schooling-Nippo) are among the many early attackers, and they’re joined by three extra riders. Philippe Gilbert was briefly making an attempt to get throughout to them. 

Frison’s teammate Philippe Gilbert and Gent-Wevelgem aren’t an ideal match, as Brecht Decaluwé factors out. Again in 2010 he did handle to complete third when Bernhard Eisel received the race within the dash from a small group, with teen Sep Vanmarcke ending as runner-up. Gilbert deserted fairly early in E3 Harelbeke. In the beginning in Ypres, he defined why he opted to take action. “I needed to remain calm and recuperate. I didn’t wish to simply journey alongside with out ambitions. Anxious? It’s not a superb signal for the upcoming races. It’s simply the way in which it’s. Again in 2010 it was foul climate. Typically it’s not the strongest riders who journey away. That’s the way in which I’ll must race immediately. I’m usually not nice when there’s crosswinds at first. I favor to have them on the finish of the race. Early on it’s a matter of getting the heart somewhat than having the power.”

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A brisk tempo within the peloton within the opening kilometres. There’s an early puncture for Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal), who shortly chases again on.


The peloton reaches kilometre zero and Gent-Wevelgem is formally underway. 

There is no such thing as a Mathieu van der Poel at first in Ypres, writes Brecht Decaluwé. The Alpecin-Fenix workforce will as a substitute be aiming for a dash with their quick males Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen. If there’s no dash, then Gianni Vermeersch may be capable of play his position within the assaults as he confirmed splendid kind in earlier races. He’s using close to his residence. “It’s in my yard. Two years in the past, it was my first WorldTour race. I’m all the time tremendous motivated. We’ll be aiming for a bunch dash. With Tim and Jasper, we’ve the 2 strongest Belgian sprinters within the workforce. A bunch with one in every of them, or each, that includes is nice too. It’s not the objective to get me in a lead group to the end,” Vermeersch stated. Tim Merlier has already received three races this yr. He didn’t know the way his legs would reply on the finish of such a protracted, laborious race. “It’s nice to win thrice already. I’m very pleased about that. I don’t know if this will likely be a race for the sprinters. There’s numerous wind so there’ll be echelons. I’ll must journey in entrance. The Kemmelberg shouldn’t be an issue however after 250 kilometres the legs will determine. I’ll want a superb day. With Jasper we are able to financial institution on two horses. We’ll see who his finest positioned. If I’m sooner than Wout van Aert? Possibly. Hopefully we’ll see about that later immediately.”

KOKSIJDE BELGIUM MARCH 19 Arrival Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo Florian Senechal of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 19th Bredene Koksijde Classic 2021 a 199km race from Bredene to Koksijde BredeneKoksijde on March 19 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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The Gent-Wevelgem peloton is waved away from the beginning by the mayor of Ypres, and the starters – minus Trek-Segafredo and Bora-Hansgrohe – are negotiating the 7.7km neutralised zone.

Flanders Classics CEO Thomas Van Den Spiegel has spoken about Bora-Hansgrohe being denied the beginning this morning: “There’s the truth that 17 folks from Bora have been marked as high-risk contacts. As soon as they’re quarantined, there’s not a lot we are able to do. Yesterday we knowledgeable ourselves intimately about their state of affairs. This morning there was no different choice for us than to tell them that they weren’t allowed to take the beginning.”

The peloton rolls out from Ypres at 10am CET and is scheduled to achieve kilometre zero for the official begin at 10.15. The 247.5km race options 11 climbs, beginning with the Scherpenberg after 150km, whereas the ultimate ascent of the Kemmelberg comes after 213km. There are additionally three sections of semi-paved highway – the Plugstreets – across the 180km mark, whereas the agency risk of crosswinds to interrupt the race into echelons.

Within the absence of Trek-Segafredo and Bora-Hansgrohe the Deceuninck-Fast-Step workforce will by far be the strongest pressure within the race, writes Brecht Decaluwé. They even have quick males Sam Bennett and Davide Ballerini if the race comes all the way down to a bunch dash. Yves Lampaert was requested in regards to the possibilities of teammate Sam Bennett. “He’s good. They’ve forecast numerous wind. I hope there’ll be numerous wind. He’ll go effectively however we’ll must see precisely how far he can get. It’s inconceivable to foretell. We now have one other quick man with Ballerini. There’s Stybar and me too,” Lampaert stated.

Bennett comes contemporary from a win in De Panne, his first victory in a WorldTour one-day race. “It was a milestone. To do it in a Belgian workforce in a Belgian race was nice,” Bennett stated. He watched E3 Harelbeke the place his teammates supplied a masterclass. “It was superior. I felt like a teen watching that. It most likely lots more durable than it regarded. The fellows that did it have been extremely sturdy,” Bennett stated. Bennett is born in Belgium and will likely be using by his birthplace Menin. “It’s particular however I don’t assume I’ll take note of it. I’ll be so concentrated within the race. There’s numerous wind so I’ll be centered about that,” Bennett stated. “The Kemmelberg? It would harm. I must struggle and get to it in a superb place. We must see it on the highway.”

DE PANNE BELGIUM MARCH 24 Arrival Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix during the 45th Oxyclean Brugge De Panne 2021 Men Classic a 2039km race from Brugge to De Panne OxycleanClassic on March 24 2021 in De Panne Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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Whereas Trek-Segafredo confirmed their withdrawal final night time after the confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, it seems that Bora-Hansgrohe have been prevented from beginning this morning. Bora-Hansgrohe have been unable to begin in Harelbeke on Friday beneath the Belgian Biking Federation’s COVID-19 protocol after Matt Partitions examined constructive for the coronavirus, and they’re now out of Gent-Wevelgem.

The peloton is gathering in Ypres for the beginning of Gent-Wevelgem, however with out Trek-Segafredo, who have been pressured out final night time after two confirmed circumstances of COVID-19, and with out Bora-Hansgrohe, who’ve additionally been denied the beginning after already lacking the E3 Saxo Financial institution Basic as a consequence of a confirmed coronavirus case. Yesterday, Bora-Hansgrohe intimated their intention to compete they usually have been reportedly travelling to Ypres this morning, however our man in Flanders Brecht Decaluwe reviews that they won’t now participate within the race. 

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