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2015 Gent - Wevelgem (World Tour), Belgium

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

77th edition: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gent-Wevelgem Podium History | 2014 Edition | 2016 Edition | Photos | Race map |

Deinze - Wevelgem, 239 km

The Climbs:

Luca Paolini wins 2015 Gent-Wevelgem

Luca Paolini won a wet and windy Gent-Wevelgem

The Race: The weather was perfect for a tough Belgian classic, wind and rain lashed the riders who rode a race of survival. The wind was so strong some riders were simply blown off the road or became victims of a crash.

With about 16 kilometers to go, Niki Terpstra initiated the day's big move when he took off from a seriously reduced front group. He was soon joined by others, while the rest of the peloton basically gave up.

From that group, with about five kilometers to go, the old man of the peloton, 38-year old Luca Paolini, took off. And that was the race. Paolini soloed across the line, 11 seconds ahead of Niki Terpstra and Geraint Thomas.

Only 39 riders were classified finishers. Tough day on the road.

Complete Results:

239 km raced at an average speed of 37.646 km/hr

1 PAOLINI Luca Katusha 6hr 20min 55sec
2 TERPSTRA Niki Etixx-Quick Step @ 11sec
3 THOMAS Geraint Sky s.t.
4 VANDENBERGH Stijn Etixx-Quick Step 0:00:18
5 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal 0:00:26
6 VANMARCKE Sep LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:40
7 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto-Soudal @ 1min 51sec
8 OSS Daniel BMC 0:04:15
9 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha 0:06:54
10 SAGAN Peter Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
11 THEUNS Edward Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
12 TSATEVITCH Alexey Katusha s.t.
13 LOBATO Juan Jose Movistar s.t.
14 WAEYTENS Zico Giant-Alpecin s.t.
15 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ s.t.
16 DRUCKER Jean Pierre BMC s.t.
17 THWAITES Scott Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
18 HAYMAN Mathew Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
19 SENECHAL Florian Cofidis s.t.
20 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM Cycling s.t.
21 LEUKEMANS Björn Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
22 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
23 ZHUPA Eugert Southeast s.t.
24 RAST Grégory Trek s.t.
25 CIOLEK Gerald MTN-Qhubeka s.t.
26 VAN ASBROECK Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
27 MARCATO Marco Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
28 TRENTIN Matteo Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
29 KNEES Christian Sky s.t.
30 GRIVKO Andriy Astana s.t.
31 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC s.t.
32 NAESEN Oliver Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
33 MAES Nikolas Etixx-Quick Step 0:06:54
34 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica-GreenEdge 0:07:00
35 TANKINK Bram LottoNL-Jumbo 0:07:03
36 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC 0:07:03
37 WALLAYS Jelle Topsport Vlaanderen 0:07:06
38 STYBAR Zdenek Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
39 TJALLINGII Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.

Race pictures by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Riders echelon to fight the wind

Riders form echelons to fight the wind. Bettini photo.

Gent-Wevelgem crash

There were more than a few crashes at this year's Gent-Wevelgem.

Luca Paolini attacks

Luca Paolini attacks

Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini gets a spumante shower. He doesn't seem to mind.

the podium

The 2015 Gent-Wevelgem podium, from left: Niki Terpstra, Luca Paolini and Geraint Thomas

Race Map:

2015 Gent-Wevelgem