Another exciting weekend with the top battles in Belgium and Spain. Spencer Martin breaks down the action from Gent-Wevelgem and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and gives us his takeaways, the good, the bad and what it all means for the season.
March 29, 2021: Lots of race news from Gent-Wevelgem, Catalunya, Coppi e Bartali, E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Brugge-De Panne - Reports and video. British Cycling in more doping allegations - TOP STORY. Race news: Tour, Adriatica Ionica, U23 Giro d’Italia, Tour of Britain and Veneto Classic. Team news: Bingoal and Fuglsang and Lutsenko. Rider news: Bennett, Gaviria, Narváez, Sweeny, Landa and Jakobsen. E3 Harelbeke video.
After a tough, wind-swept 250 kilometres, Wout van Aert won the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team started the day as top favourite and did not disappoint. He won the sprint from a leading group of seven riders who had been off the front for most of the day. Italians took the next three places: Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli. Michael Matthews was fifth.
The sophistication of Milano-Sanremo gives way to the gritty reality of the Flemish cobbles, with the chance of freezing, horizontal rain and gale force winds. Gent-Wevelgem is said to be for the sprinters, but it's always a hard-man who wins. Ed Hood looks at the race and the top riders for Sunday.