Gent-Wevelgem 2018

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon, @TimBonvilleGinn here for the Gent Wevelgem! You could see it as an easier race to E3, but with gravel roads added in to the cobbles, it makes it a new kind of tricky! It was Van Avermaet and Keukeleire who battled for it last time after attacking a small group, Greg took it that day... will he do it again here?

Well Friday saw a race in blue! E3 Harelbeke was dominated by Quickstep and they took the top two steps on the podium with Terpstra and Gilbert ahead of BMC's Van Avermaet.

Van Avermaet and Bernoot looked get strong in E3 but Quickstep just nailed it. Peter Sagan looked to be lacking in energy and finished a long way off the main guys after being dropped on the Paterburg.

Some excellent performances came from Stefan Küng and Jürgen Roelandts from BMC along with Gianni Moscon of Sky and Sep Vanmarke from EF Education First Drapac powered by Cannondale, who got caught out in a massive crash.

Riders such as Kistoff and Démare also got caught out in that but they didnt get back into the main chase group.

Peter Sagan did take a tumble before that massive crash and it left him with a bit of road rash on his thigh, but he said that wasn't effecting him, it just wasn't his day!

Trek performed well in E3 with Jasper Stuyvan but John Degenkolb is here too. AG2R will focus completely on Oliver Naesen. The Belgian national champ hasn't had his top form but he's looked reasonably good.

A couple of riders we need to warch for... Dylan Groenewegan, Wout Van Aert, Ian Stannard, Dylan Van Baarle and Michael Valgren of course.

Plenty other outsiders to watch but we will see. Quickstep and BMC with the strongest teams arguably.

Frison, Ganna, Van Goethem, Gonçalvez, Duquennoy and Van Schip in our break today! Groupama FDJ and Cofidis leading the peloton. We have just 10 climbs today with a looonngg flat section to finish off, that could see riders like Groenewegan get back in with other sprint names.