Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields 2021 appears set to be an intriguing contest, with a parcours that follows the established sample of ‘cobbles, with a possible dash’. As such, it’s the right battleground for the likes of Wout van Aert, Mads Pedersen and Tim Merlier.
It is usually the right means to tune-up one’s kind forward of the yr’s second monument, the Ronde Van Vlanderen, which takes place subsequent weekend.
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When is the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem?
For a lot of, the spring hasn’t actually sprung till Gent-Wevelgem, and so it’s becoming that the race comes on the finish of March this yr. The race begins on Sunday March 28 and can roll out of Ypres under the Menin Gate.
The best way to watch the race
Gent-Wevelgem shall be reside on Eurosport. Watch the race reside and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk from 12:30 GMT.
Wout van Aert should absolutely come into this race as favorite, backed by a powerful Jumbo Visma staff and in characteristically all-powerful kind. He’s contemporary – though that is maybe the unsuitable phrase – from the Tirreno-Adriatico, the place he rode for GC and got here an admirable second to Tadej Pogačar, and final weekend’s Milan-San Remo the place he positioned third, the quickest within the area dash behind eventual winner Jasper Stuyven and second-placed Soren Kragh Andersen.
Talking of Stuyven, the person they name ‘The Chocolatier from Flanders’ goes to be in motion for Trek-Segafredo as soon as once more. The American staff comes with two possible leaders, within the type of Stuyven and 2019 world champ, Mads Pedersen. They’re the shape staff of the yr thus far, and confidence shall be sky excessive within the camp – to say nothing of the actual fact Pedersen is the defending champion.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama FDJ) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck QuickStep) are additionally anticipated to experience. Each are nearer to being ‘pure sprinters’ than rugged classics males, so it will likely be intriguing to see how they every fare in a area stacked with massive Belgian lads who eat cobbles for breakfast. Deceuninck naturally include a number of choices, with Senechal, Ballerini, Stybar and Lampaert all able to delivering a W.
AG2R deliver Oliver Naesen and ‘Golden’ Greg Avermaet, neither of whom have hit their finest degree but this yr. And talking of not being at ones finest, Peter Sagan – who seemed like 2021 was going to be an annus horribilis only a few weeks in the past – now seems to be near the shape that noticed him win Wevelgem thrice between 2013 and 2018. His fourth at Milan-Sanremo is a really encouraging signal for the Bora Hansgrohe man, who’s meaning to peak for the Ronde in per week’s time.
What’s the route?
We don’t know a lot in regards to the actual route this yr, as a result of organisers, Flanders Classics, enjoying their playing cards very near the chest. To discourage followers from gathering on the roadside, the precise route has been stored hush-hush, however this stuff don’t fluctuate very a lot from one yr to the following, so it’s a secure guess to say we’ll in all probability see the peloton taking over the basic mixture of the Rodeberg, Monteberg and Kemmelberg, earlier than a flattish run-in to the end line.
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