Race report: Wow. It was more or less a case of last sprinter still kicking as John Degenkolb gave Giant-Shimano another huge win in a crash-riddled edition of Gent-Wevelgem. It seemed like barely a kilometer went by without the cameras picking up scenes of tarmac-laden woe. Here's how it went down...
Team NetApp – Endura has been invited by the Flanders Classics organizers to compete in the 76th Gent – Wevelgem race. Only a week after Milan – San Remo, the highest ranked German team will thus be competing in the next major WorldTour classic. As at the Primavera, Team NetApp – Endura will be competing in the Flanders spring classic for the first time.
If you grew up during the ‘Golden Age’ of 70’s bike racing and you’re a connoisseur of the Belgian semi-classics, then the lumping together on a weekend of the 54th E3-Prijs Harelbeke and 73rd Gent-Wevelgem is a bit of a worry; it smacks of ‘marketing’ to us. But we’re like the dinosaurs; we’ll be extinct soon – and we still have the kermises out in the cabbage fields.