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March 26/17 13:27 pm - Gent-Wevelgem Elite Men's World Tour results

Posted by Editoress on 03/26/17

Greg Van Avermaet made history by winning Gent-Wevelgem - In Flanders Fields, on the back of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Record Bank -E3 Harelbeke, the first rider to win all three Classics in the same season.

After winning two UCI WorldTour Classics in three days, Van Avermaet showed he is the hot favorite for Ronde van Vlaanderen with an aggressive ride over the 249km parcours, which ended with a nail-biting sprint against Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-SCOTT).

The day started with nine riders going clear and building a solid gap of more than seven minutes. Their advantage reduced when cross winds caused echelons in the peloton but eventually, the peloton came back together and began the chase for the breakaway.

With 88km to go, BMC Racing Team made the most of the chaotic conditions of cross winds and crashes, to put in a big push and split the peloton again into six groups.

The race came back together for a second time as the peloton approached the new addition of gravel roads, and it was here that Quickstep-Floors launched a move with a small group of serious contenders going clear.

Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss, Silvan Dillier and Loïc Vliegen put in a huge effort to bring the group back for Van Avermaet as the race entered the final 50km.

It was on the final ascent of the Kemmelberg when Van Avermaet made his move and a group of 14 riders went clear of the peloton. Approaching 20km to go, Keukeleire attacked and Van Avermaet, Nikki Terpstra (Quickstep-Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) joined.

15km before the line it was just Van Avermaet and Keukeleire left at the front. The duo put in a brilliant effort to stay clear and eventually, it was Van Avermaet who took the win on the line as the peloton came storming home just six seconds behind the duo.

The Winner's Interview with Greg Van Avermaet

Greg, Congratulations! Describe your feeling right now.

"I was not expecting to win Gent-Wevelgem, but I'm really happy. It's definitely the best start of the season that I've ever had. I've won three Classics already so it's an amazing feeling. It's never easy to win these races and normally Gent-Wevelgem isn't so much of a race for me. I tried so many times to win here and now I've won three all in one season. It's a wonderful feeling and it gives me extra confidence for Ronde van Vlaanderen."

It was a chaotic day with cross winds and crashes but you had the team there to protect you in crucial moments. How was it out there?

"The guys, like Stefan Küng and Loïc Vliegen, did a great job to bring Quickstep-Floors back when they went away on the gravel roads. Daniel Oss was strong too the whole day. It was a really hard race for sure and you need a strong team in these races."

You attacked and created the final selection on the Kemmelberg. Was this the plan?

"The Kemmelberg is always a point when everyone wants to go and I felt really strong there. I hoped to get a good group with me and that's what happened. Then we went way with strong guys. I was riding really hard the whole time because sometimes when you do a small pull you lose less energy than when you have to close gaps. In a race like this you can't say we are not going to ride with 20km to go. You have to keep going the whole time. That's what happened with Jens Keukeleire and I when it was just the two of us. The whole last 10km we weren't speaking, it was just head down and going as fast as we could. It was a great win and the race was really perfect."

Three big wins must put you in a fantastic position for Ronde van Vlaanderen?

"For sure. I don't think I can say anymore that I'm not the favorite. These wins give me extra confidence before next Sunday. I said on Friday that I can beat anyone in the sprint on a hard race. Now we look to Ronde van Vlaanderen and I'm going to give it everything I have."

Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:

"When you have a strong leader like Greg, who has already won big races, it brings the level up. Everyone gave everything today. Greg wanted to have a hard race so we tried to move and to attack and when we missed the move, the guys were really strong and closed the gap. It was perfect. Our race plan was to race aggressively and not take too many risks that would make the race come down to a sprint. Greg is super strong and there's not many riders who can do what he does."

"I hope the success continues to Ronde van Vlaanderen. For sure, Greg is the favorite now. We all need to step up to Greg's level and do the best we can to put him in the position to win on Sunday."
BMC Racing Team report


There were 3 Canadian entries: Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) finished 34th at 6 seconds back. Ben Perry and
Guillaume Boivin  (Israel Cycling Academy) both DNF.


Deinze to Wevelgem, 249.2 km
1 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5:39:05
2 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott at s.t.
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06
4 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
7 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
9 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
10 Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
11 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
12 Bert van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
13 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
14 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
15 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
16 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
17 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
18 Jos van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
19 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
20 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
21 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
22 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
24 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
25 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
26 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
27 Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
28 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
29 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data
30 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
31 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
32 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
33 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team
34 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
35 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
36 Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
37 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
38 Dries van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
39 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
40 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
41 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
42 Silvan Dillier Sui) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
43 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:13
44 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
45 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
46 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
47 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott
48 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
49 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
50 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
51 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
52 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
53 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
54 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:30
55 Tom van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac 1:20
56 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 1:32
57 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 7:26
58 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
59 Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
60 Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
61 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
62 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
63 Huub Duyn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan
64 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team
65 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) BMC Racing Team
66 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data
67 Carlos Barbero (Esp) Movistar Team
68 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
69 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
70 Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
71 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
72 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac
73 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
74 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
75 Kenneth van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
76 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
77 Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy
78 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
79 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
80 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
81 Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
82 Stefan Küng Sui) BMC Racing Team
83 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
84 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal
85 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
86 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
87 Preben van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
88 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
89 Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
90 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
91 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
92 Héctor Carretero (Esp) Movistar Team
93 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
94 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
95 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
96 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
97 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
98 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott
99 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
100 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
101 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
102 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert all s.t.
103 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 13:47
104 Ivan Garcia (Esp) Bahrain-Merida
105 Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
106 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
107 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
108 Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
109 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
110 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
111 Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
112 Gregory Rast Sui) Trek-Segafredo
113 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin all s.t.
114 Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 13:51
115 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 13:52
DNF Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Christophe Prémont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan
DNF Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Lawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
DNF Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
DNF Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
DNF Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
DNF Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Antonio Pedrero (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Jorge Arcas Peña (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
DNF Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
DNF Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
DNF Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Gijs van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
DNF Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
DNF Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Ion Insausti (Esp) Bahrain-Merida
DNF David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNF Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
DNF Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Tom Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Abu Dhabi
DNF Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
DNF Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
DNF Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ
DNF Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Abu Dhabi


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