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2021 Gent - Wevelgem (World Tour), Belgium

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

83rd edition: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Gent-Wevelgem complete results for every edition | 2020 Edition | Map & profile | Photos | Start list

Ypres - Wevelgem, 254 km

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert takes the 83rd Gent-Wevelgem. Photo News photo

Weather at the finish city of Wevelgem at 1:25 PM, local time: 13C (55F), cloudy, with the wind from the southwest at 31 kmhr (19 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Neither Trek-Segafredo nor Bora-hansgrohe started because of Covid-19 infections in their teams. That means defending Gent-Wevelgem champion Mads Pedersen did not compete.

Gent Wevelgem

The peloton ride through the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres and head off for several hours of brutal work.

Here's the race organizer's summary:

After the wind broke the peloton into pieces in the Moeren, a front group of 25 riders emerged with some big names in it. The remaining groups were unable to close the gap and after about 180 km on the attack it was Wout Van Aert who became the 50th Belgian ever to win Gent-Wevelgem. He was the fastest sprinter on the Vanackerestraat before Nizzolò and Trentin.

At 10am the peloton started its race in Ypres and the traditional early breakaway quickly formed. Fedorov (Astana - Premier Tech), Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) and teammates Bisseger and Arroyave Canas (EF Education - NIPPO) joined forces and quickly created a nice gap of 9'30".

Towards the coast, the pace of the chase increased. This year the wind played a big role in the Moeren again. The peloton broke into several pieces, with the first group including: Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious), Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Matthews (Team BikeExchange), Küng (Groupama - FDJ), D. Van Poppel (Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux) and European champion Nizzolò (Team Qubeka Assos). In the meantime, the leading group saw its advantage melt away like snow in the sun. In no time, the first chasing group was able to catch the escapees. This resulted in a group of 25 riders at the front that held a two-minute lead for a long time.

Gent Wevelgem echelons

The peloton was broken up into echlons.

After the first pass on Kemmelberg, a chasing group of seven riders formed under the attack of Stybar (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), which also included team mate Lampaert, Durbridge (Team BikeExchange), S. Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), Naesen (AG2R Citroën Team) and the duo Riesebeek-Vermeersch (Alpecin-Fenix). However, it was not possible to stay apart, just before the Plugstreets Hill 63 the chasing group was caught again. There AG2R Citroën Team, who missed the battle in the Moeren, had to work hard.

The time difference between the leading group and the rest of the peloton remained about one minute. Van Hooydonck, teammate of Van Aert, took the lead at the second passage on the Kemmelberg. He made a selection in the breakaway and rolled out the red carpet for his leader. The action of the men of Jumbo-Visma ensured that only an elite group remained at the front of the race.

On the third climb of the Kemmelberg - the Ossuaire side - first Trentin and then Van Aert tried to lead the forcing, but there was no big separation. The gap to the chasing group remained virtually unchanged at around one minute. A front group of nine headed for Wevelgem, where a course change awaited in the finale. Due to a fire in Menen, the passage through the centre of Menen was replaced by an alternative route, which extended the race with 1.1 km.

With about 16 km to go, it was Van Hooydonck who shook the tree. The one who had to pay? Bennett. The Irishman had been vomiting a few kilometres earlier and had to let go of the leaders together with Van Poppel. A group of seven raced to the finish. Van Hooydonck played a golden role for his leader in the last 2 km. He kept the pace so high that there were no attacks. His leader Van Aert finished off the job in the sprint and gave the Italians Nizzolò and Trentin the slip.

Complete results:

Photos

254 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.150 km/hr

1 VAN AERT Wout Jumbo-Visma 5hr 45min 11sec
2 NIZZOLO Giacomo Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
3 TRENTIN Matteo UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
4 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain Victorious s.t.
5 MATTHEWS Michael Team BikeExchange s.t.
6 KUNG Stefan Groupama-FDJ s.t.
7 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan Jumbo-Visma @ 3sec
8 VAN BAARLE Dylan INEOS Grenadiers 0:52
9 TURGIS Anthony Total Direct Energie 0:54
10 VERMEERSCH Gianni Alpecin-Fenix 1:25
11 LECROQ Jeremy B&B Hotels s.t.
12 VAN AVERMAET Greg Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
13 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
14 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
15 BAUER Jack Team BikeExchange s.t.
16 NAESEN Oliver Ag2r-Citroën 1:27
17 DOULL Owain INEOS Grenadiers 1:52
18 GARCIA Iván Movistar 1:56
19 VAN GESTEL Dries Total Direct Energie 1:57
20 VAN LERBERGHE Bert Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
21 GOLAS Michal INEOS Grenadiers 2:00
22 LEMOINE Cyril B&B Hotels s.t.
23 VAN POPPEL Danny IntermarchE-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
24 ERVITI Imanol Movistar s.t.
25 STYBAR Zdeněk Deceuninck-Quick Step 2:04
26 WALSCHEID Max Qhubeka-Assos 2:22
27 DEGENKOLB John Lotto Soudal s.t.
28 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
29 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain Victorious s.t.
30 DE GENDT Aime IntermarchE-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
31 VAN ASBROECK Tom Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
32 STANNARD Robert Team BikeExchange s.t.
33 CLAEYS Dimitri Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
34 MERLIER Tim Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
35 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team DSM 3:19
36 FRISON Frederik Lotto Soudal 4:18
37 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ s.t.
38 PHILIPSEN Jasper Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
39 GIBBONS Ryan UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
40 RIESEBEEK Oscar Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
41 DURBRIDGE Luke Team BikeExchange s.t.
42 DUPONT Timothy Bingoal-WB s.t.
43 RICKAERT Jonas Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
44 DEMARE Arnaud Groupama-FDJ s.t.
45 HOFSTETTER Hugo Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
46 WYNANTS Maarten Jumbo-Visma s.t.
47 ROOSEN Timo Jumbo-Visma s.t.
48 MAS LluIs Movistar s.t.
49 VAN MOER Brent Lotto Soudal s.t.
50 BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education-Nippo s.t.
51 MØRKØV Michael Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
52 BALLERINI Davide Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
53 COQUARD Bryan B&B Hotels s.t.
54 MCLAY Daniel ArkEa-Samsic 4:34
55 BENNETT Sam Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:40
56 RUTSCH Jonas EF Education-Nippo 8:36
57 DEBUSSCHERE Jens B&B Hotels s.t.
58 PETIT Adrien Total Direct Energie 11:24
59 TERPSTRA Niki Total Direct Energie s.t.
60 MENTEN Milan Bingoal-WB s.t.
61 ZAKHAROV Artyom Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
62 CONSONNI Simone Cofidis s.t.
63 WILLEMS Thimo Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
64 HOLLMANN Juri Movistar s.t.
65 VAN POPPEL Boy IntermarchE-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
66 STOKBRO Andreas Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
67 ZABEL Rick Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
68 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain Victorious s.t.
69 JACOBS Johan Movistar s.t.
70 BEULLENS Cedric Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
71 VINJEBO Emil Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
72 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
73 LIENHARD Fabian Groupama-FDJ s.t.
74 BASSO Leonardo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
75 DILLIER Silvan Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
76 MOLLY Kenny Bingoal-WB s.t.
77 DE BACKER Bert B&B Hotels s.t.
78 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis s.t.
79 VAN EMDEN Jos Jumbo-Visma s.t.
80 EENKHOORN Pascal Jumbo-Visma s.t.
81 EEKHOFF Nils Team DSM s.t.
82 SWIFT Connor ArkEa-Samsic s.t.
83 STEELS Stijn Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
84 WARLOP Jordi Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
85 CASTRIQUE Jonas Bingoal-WB s.t.
86 DRUCKER Jempy Cofidis s.t.
87 PERRY Benjamin Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
88 SCHÄR Michael Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
89 AMADOR Andrey INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
90 GHYS Robbe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 11:30

Race map & profile:

Gent Wevelgem map

2021 Gent-Wevelgem map

Gent-Wevelgem profile

2021 Gent-Wevelgem profile

2021 Gent-Wevelgem photos by Photoreporter Sirotti:

Peloton

Is there anything more colorful than a racing peloton on a spring day?

Gent-Wevelgem

A dusty patch of road.

Flanders fields

A heartbreaking scene. "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row upon row."

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert takes the race.

John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb is part of a group that comes in at 2min 22sec

The podium

The podium, from left: Giacomo Nizzolo (2nd), Wout van Aert (1st) & Matteo Trentin (3rd)

Wout van Aert

Winner Wout van Aert


Start list with back numbers, March 27, 2021:

TREK-SEGAFREDO Did not start because of Covid-19 cases in team
1 PEDERSEN Mads
2 STUYVEN Jasper
3 THEUNS Edward
4 DE KORT Koen
5 SIMMONS Quinn
6 REIJNEN Kiel
7 MULLEN Ryan
DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
11 LAMPAERT Yves
12 BENNETT Sam
13 BALLERINI Davide
14 MORKOV Michael
15 STEELS Stijn
16 STYBAR Zdenek
17 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
LOTTO SOUDAL
21 GILBERT Philippe
22 DEGENKOLB John
23 FRISON Frederik
24 DE BUYST Jasper
25 KLUGE Roger
26 VAN MOER Brent
27 VERMEERSCH Florian
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
31 KOCH Jonas
32 VAN DER HOORN Taco
33 DE GENDT Aimé
34 VAN POPPEL Boy
35 VAN POPPEL Danny
36 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
37 VLIEGEN Loïc
AG2R-CITROEN
41 VAN AVERMAET Greg
42 NAESEN Oliver
43 DEWULF Stan
44 SARREAU Marc
45 SCHÄR Michael
46 TOUZÉ Damien
47 VAN HOECKE Gijs
JUMBO-VISMA
51 VAN AERT Wout
52 EENKHOORN Pascal
53 ROOSEN Timo
54 AFFINI Edoardo
55 VAN EMDEN Jos
56 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
57 WYNANTS Maarten
BORA-HANSGROHE Did not start because of Covid-19 cases in team.
61 POLITT Nils
62 ACKERMANN Pascal
63 BURGHARDT Marcus
64 OSS Daniel
65 SCHWARZMANN Michael
66 BODNAR Maciej
67 SELIG Rüdiger
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
71 VANMARCKE Sep
72 VAHTRA Norman
73 GREIPEL André
74 HOFSTETTER Hugo
75 VAN ASBROECK Tom
76 WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
77 ZABEL Rick
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
81 HAUSSLER Heinrich
82 COLBRELLI Sonny
83 FENG Chun Kai
84 HALLER Marco
85 BAUHAUS Phil
86 MILAN Jonathan
87 SIEBERG Marcel
ASTANA-PREMIER TECH
91 FEDOROV Yevgeniy
92 GIDICH Yevgeniy
93 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
94 HOULE Hugo
95 ZAKHAROV Artyom
96 MARTINELLI Davide
97 PERRY Benjamin
COFIDIS
101 LAPORTE Christophe
102 CONSONNI Simone
103 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
104 ALLEGAERT Piet
105 CARVALHO André
106 VANBILSEN Kenneth
107 WALLAYS Jelle
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE
111 BAUER Jack
112 DURBRIDGE Luke
113 MATTHEWS Michael
114 EDMONDSON Alexander
115 MEZGEC Luka
116 JANSEN Amund
117 STANNARD Robert
MOVISTAR
121 CULLAIGH Gabriel
122 ERVITI Imanol
123 GARCIA  Ivan
124 HOLLMANN Juri
125 JACOBS Johan
126 MAS BONET Lluis
127 MORA Sebastian
TEAM DSM
131 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
132 DENZ Nico
133 BOL Cees
134 MÄRKL Niklas
135 PEDERSEN Casper
136 EEKHOFF Nils
137 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
QHUBEKA-ASSOS
141 NIZZOLO Giacomo
142 GOGL Michael
143 NIELSEN Andreas
144 CLAEYS Dimitri
145 VINJEBO Emil Nygaard
146 WALSCHEID Max
147 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
151 KRISTOFF Alexander
152 BYSTROM Sven Erik
153 BJERG Mikkel
154 GIBBONS Ryan
155 RICHEZE Maximiliano Ariel
156 OLIVEIRA Ivo
157 TRENTIN Matteo
EF EDUCATION-NIPPO
161 BETTIOL Alberto
162 KEUKELEIRE Jens
163 BISSEGGER Stefan
164 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
165 ARROYAVE  Daniel
166 LANGEVELD Sebastian
167 VAN DEN BERG Julius
GROUPAMA-FDJ
171 DEMARE Arnaud
172 GENIETS Kevin
173 KÜNG Stefan
174 LE GAC Olivier
175 LIENHARD Fabian
176 GUARNIERI Jacopo
177 SINKELDAM Ramon
INEOS GRENADIERS
182 DOULL Owain
183 GOLAS Michal
185 BASSO Leonardo
186 VAN BAARLE Dylan
187 WURF Cameron
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
191 BEULLENS Cedric
192 DE VYLDER Lindsay
193 MARIT Arne
194 VAN DEN BOSSCHE Fabio
196 WARLOP Jordi
197 WILLEMS Thimo
198 GHYS Robbe
ALPECIN-FENIX
201 PHILIPSEN Jasper
202 MERLIER Tim
203 DILLIER Silvan
204 RICKAERT Jonas
205 RIESEBEEK Oscar
206 THWAITES Scott
207 VERMEERSCH Gianni
BINGOAL-WB
211 DUPONT Timothy
212 CASTRIQUE Jonas
213 REX Laurenz
214 ROBEET Ludovic
215 MENTEN Milan
216 MOLLY Kenny
217 VANENDERT Jelle
B&B HOTELS
221 COQUARD Bryan
222 MORICE Julien
223 DE BACKER Bert
224 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
225 LECROQ Jérémy
226 LEMOINE Cyril
227 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
ARKÉA-SAMSIC
231 CAPIOT Amaury
232 DECLERCQ Benjamin
233 RUSSO Clement
234 SWIFT Connor
235 WELTEN Bram
236 MCLAY Daniel
237 NOPPE Christophe
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
241 TERPSTRA Niki
242 GAUDIN Damien
243 PETIT Adrien
244 SOUPE Geoffrey
245 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
246 TURGIS Anthony
247 VAN GESTEL Dries