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Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team, KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL) Rider of Orica - Scott Team, ANDERSEN Soren Kragh (DEN) Rider of Team Sunweb, TERPSTRA Niki (NED) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team, SAGAN Peter (SVK) Rider of Team Bora - Hansgrohe pictured during Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Photo Special: WEVELGEM ’17

Gent-Wevelgem Photo Special: The 2017 Gent-Wevelgem WorldTour Classic came down to an exciting finalé with a cat and mouse chase between the usual protagonists – Greg Van Avermaet and Peter Sagan. Cor Vos had his band of photographers on the Flemish roadside for the best shots.

Full PEZ Race Report HERE and more news on Gent-Wevelgem with video in EUROTRASH Monday HERE.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

At the start the BMC team were confident, and why would they not be?

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - BOONEN Tom (BEL) Rider of Quick-Step Floors pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Tom Boonen will be a hero in Belgium for a long time after his retirement. His last Gent-Wevelgem was not a total disappointment as 6th place wasn’t too shabby.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration image showing he peloton pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

A sunny Sunday morning in Flanders for the start of Gent-Wevelgem, better than the more usual rain and cold conditions.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team his radio is being repaired pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The day wasn’t all plain sailing for the man from Lokeren, race radio problems early in the race.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration image showing the peloton   pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Yes, they have windmills in Belgium also.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie echelon - waaier   pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

The weather was a pleasant surprise, but the echelons in the cross-wind was as ever.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Ryan MULLEN (Ireland / Cannondale Drapac Professsional Cycling Team)   pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

The break of the day was strong, but it was always going to be a side-show to the final action. Great to see fellow coffee connoisseur Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) up there.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration image showing the riders on the Plugstreets  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Winter has only just gone from the Belgian fields, but that signals the best time of the year for cycle sport.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - NIELSEN Magnus cort of Orica-Scott and LEMOINE Cyril (FRA) Rider of Cofidis, Solutions Credits  are involved in a crash pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) were two of many crashes, they were lucky enough to have a (fairly) soft landing in a grassy ditch.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - LEMOINE Cyril (FRA) Rider of Cofidis, Solutions Credits is involved in a crash  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Lemoine looked to have come off the worse of the two, but he was back on his bike… eventually.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  illustration image showing the peloton riding in flanders fields pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Oh! Those echelons.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Lars BOOM (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) on the PLUGSTREETS pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

The gravel section came in for strong criticism before the race, but in the end they didn’t cause too much trouble for the riders.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration picture of the riders riding on the Plugstreets pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Good practice for Paris-Roubaix on the Plugstreets of Gent-Wevelgem.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - STYBAR Zdenek (CZE) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

As you would expect from an ex-World cyclo-cross champion, Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) was in his element on the gravel sections.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - the head of the race rides by the Lakenhalle van Ieper pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The race passed the Lakenhalle in Ieper. The town was practically wiped off the map during World War 1.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration image showing the peloton in Flanders Fields  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The peloton was pulled into a long line as it his the head-wind.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration image showing the peloton in Flanders Fields  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

There is always a fight for the front places in the bunch before the start of the Kemmel climb.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN HECKE Preben (BEL) Rider of Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s Preben Van Hecke rode away from the break, but the power of the top men would have him in their sights.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - OSS Daniel (ITA) Rider of BMC Racing Team on the Kemmelberg  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Daniel Oss was at his BMC team leaders side when it mattered.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) Kemmelberg   pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2017

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet showed his form on the cobbled climb

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - SAGAN Peter (SVK) Rider of Team Bora - Hansgrohe on the kemmelberg pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

But the Rainbow jersey was not too far away.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team, KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL) Rider of Orica - Scott Team, ANDERSEN Soren Kragh (DEN) Rider of Team Sunweb, TERPSTRA Niki (NED) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team, SAGAN Peter (SVK) Rider of Team Bora - Hansgrohe  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The group that mattered: Sagan, Van Avermaet, Keukeleire, Andersen and Terpstra.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team, KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL) Rider of Orica - Scott Team  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Van Avermaet and Keukeleire, would they be caught? If Terpstra had helped with the chase, then maybe.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Jens KEUKELEIR (Belgium / Team Orica Scott) - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team)  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

It could have been the biggest day in Jens Keukeleire’s career and there wasn’t much in it.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team celebrates the victory before KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL) Rider of Orica - Scott Team pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Another win to add to the growing palmarès of Greg Van Avermaet.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - SAGAN Peter (SVK) Rider of Team Bora - Hansgrohe as he crosses the finish line pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Peter Sagan said he was not disappointed with his 3rd place, but not winning in Wevelgem gave him motivation for Flanders and Roubaix.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - John DEGENKOLB (Germany / Team Trek Segafredo)  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

5th for John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was a good result, but he will be hoping for a win in the next couple of weeks.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team  pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

It was a big day for the Keukeleire family, Van Avermaet seems pretty pleased also.

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL) Rider of BMC Racing Team on the podium pictured during  Gent - Wevelgem World Tour UCI - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Greg Van Avermaet receives the kisses from Lien and Maya.

2017 Gent-Wevelgem Result:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 5:39:05
2. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:06
4. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
5. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
7. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
9. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
10. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
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
16. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb
17. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
18. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
19. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
20. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
21. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky
22. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
23. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
24. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar
25. Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Emirates.

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