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2012 Gent - Wevelgem (World Tour), Belgium

Ghent - Wevelgem (English), Gand - Wevelgem (French)

74th edition: Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gent-Wevelgem podium history | 2011 Edition | 2013 edition | Photos

Deinze (just outside Gent) - Wevelgem, 235.4 km / 42.376 km/hr
195 starters /158 classified finishers/ 37 abandons

The Race: There was a big split. It was the Kemmelberg that made the final selection. Mark Cavendish went well up towards the front, but a gap was opened on the descent and Cavendish (and a lot of others) couldn't get down the hill fast enough and never saw the front group again. More photos below results.

2012 finish

Tom Boonen is the first of a big group to win the 2012 Gent-Wevelgem

Complete Results:

  1. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 5hr 32min 44sec.
  2. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
  3. Matti Breschel (Rabobank) s.t.
  4. Oscar Freire (Katusha) s.t.
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) s.t.
  6. Daniele Bennati (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  7. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  8. Steve Chainel (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  9. Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  10. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) s.t.
  11. Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  12. Matthew Harley Goss (GreenEdge) s.t.
  13. Fabian Cancellara (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  14. Christian Knees (Sky) @ 3sec
  15. Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel) @ 4sec
  16. Daniel Oss (Liquigas) s.t.
  17. Anders Lunds (Saxo) s.t.
  18. Maarten Wynants (Rabobank) @ 6sec
  19. Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) s.t.
  20. Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) @ 8sec
  21. Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  22. Alessandro Ballan (BMC) @ 15sec
  23. Julien Fouchard (BMC) @ 21sec
  24. Luca Paolini (Katusha) s.t.
  25. Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  26. Sebastian Langeveld (GreenEdge) @ 32sec
  27. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) @ 36sec
  28. Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 1min 27sec
  29. Stijn Neirynck (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  30. Matteo Tosatto (Saxo) @ 2min 22sec
  31. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) @ 2min 27sec
  32. Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo) s.t.
  33. Michael Schär (BMC) s.t.
  34. Adrien Petit (Cofidis) s.t.
  35. Karsten Kroon (Saxo) @ 2min 31sec
  36. Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis) s.t.
  37. Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r) @ 2min 33sec
  38. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) s.t.
  39. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) s.t.
  40. Kevin Van Melsen (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  41. Maxime Vantomme (Katusha) s.t.
  42. Imanol Erviti (Movistar) s.t.
  43. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  44. Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  45. Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
  46. Xavier Florencio (Katusha) s.t.
  47. Pablo Lastras (Movistar) s.t.
  48. Thor Hushovd (BMC) s.t.
  49. Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r) s.t.
  50. Anthony Geslin (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  51. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
  52. Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) s.t.
  53. Grégory Rast (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  54. Paul Martens (Rabobank) s.t.
  55. Tyler Farrar (Garmin Barracuda) s.t.
  56. Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo) s.t.
  57. John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) s.t.
  58. Mark Cavendish (Sky) s.t.
  59. Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
  60. Jens Keukeleire (GreenEdge) s.t.
  61. Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  62. Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  63. Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  64. Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  65. Thomas Leezer (Rabobank) s.t.
  66. Bram Tankink (Rabobank) s.t.
  67. Tony Gallopin (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  68. Mathew Hayman (Sky) s.t.
  69. José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) s.t.
  70. Ian Stannard (Sky) s.t.
  71. Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil) @ 7min 8sec
  72. Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
  73. David Boucher (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  74. Rafaa Chtioui (Europcar) @ 10min 1sec
  75. Danilo Hondo (Lampre) s.t.
  76. Goeffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  77. Davide Vigano (Lampre) s.t.
  78. Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  79. Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  80. Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  81. Reinier Honig (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  82. Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) s.t.
  83. Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  84. Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel) s.t.
  85. Sven Vandousselaere (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  86. Luca Ascani (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  87. Edward King (Liquigas) s.t.
  88. Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas) s.t.
  89. Gorka Izaguirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
  90. Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) s.t.
  91. Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  92. Marcus Burghardt (BMC) s.t.
  93. Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  94. Taylor Phinney (BMC) s.t.
  95. Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  96. Gustav Larsson (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  97. Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Liquigas) s.t.
  98. Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas) s.t.
  99. Thomas Bertolini (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  100. Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  101. Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  102. Steven Carthoven (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  103. Davide Cimolai (Lampre) s.t.
  104. Alan Marangoni (Liquigas) s.t.
  105. Stefan Van Dijk (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  106. Evert Verbist (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  107. Lars Boom (Rabobank) s.t.
  108. Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  109. Bertjan Lindeman (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  110. Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  111. Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  112. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) s.t.
  113. Assan Bazayev (Astana) s.t.
  114. Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  115. Aleksejs Saramontins (Cofidis) s.t.
  116. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  117. Saïd Haddou (Euorpcar) s.t.
  118. Sébastien Chavanel (Europcar) s.t.
  119. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
  120. Yohann Gene (Europcar) s.t.
  121. Bert De Backer (Project 1t4i) s.t.
  122. Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) s.t.
  123. Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) s.t.
  124. Yaroslav Popovych (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  125. Stuart O'Grady (GreenEdge) s.t.
  126. Robert Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  127. Anthony Ravard (Ag2r) s.t.
  128. Kevyn Ista (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) s.t.
  129. Bernard Eisel (Sky) s.t.
  130. Jeremy Hunt (Sky) s.t.
  131. Christopher Sutton (Sky) s.t.
  132. Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo) s.t.
  133. Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Saxo) s.t.
  134. Alex Rasmussen (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  135. Michael Morkov (Saxo) s.t.
  136. Vicente Reynes (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  137. Andreas Klier (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  138. Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  139. Svein Tuft (GreenEdge) s.t.
  140. Michaël Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  141. Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  142. Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  143. Arnaud Demare (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  144. Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel) s.t.
  145. Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre) @ 12min 1sec
  146. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana) @ 12min 33sec
  147. Jimmy Casper (Ag2r) s.t.
  148. Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) s.t.
  149. Jesus Herrada (Movistar) s.t.
  150. Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
  151. Borut Bozic (Astana) s.t.
  152. Bobbie Traksel (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  153. Gilles Devillers (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  154. Massimo Graziano (Lampre) s.t.
  155. Manuel Belletti (Ag2r) s.t.
  156. Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t.
  157. Baden Cooke (GreenEdge) s.t.
  158. Damien Gauden (Europcar) s.t.

Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Matteo Tosatto

There was a crash in the back of the front group during the sprint. Here Matteo Tosatto picks himself up.

Andre Greipel

André Greipel leads his group in

Oscar Gatto

Oscar Gatto

Alessandro Ballan

Alessandro Ballan got a flat late in the race

Greg Van Avermaet

Greg Van Avermaet finishes

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert and Kevin Van Melsen

George Hincapie

George Hincapie

Svein Tuft

Svein Tuft

2012 podium

The day's podium: Matti Breschel, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan