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  Gent-Wevelgem or Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields as the now goes by is one of the major races on the men's calendar. The women's race however has struggled to reach the same level due to the continual clash with the second round of the Women's World Cup Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

The race was first held in 2012 and was won by Lizzie Armitstead with Kirsten Wild winning the 2013 edition. First added to the UCI calendar last year with Lauren Hall taking somewhat of a surprise win from an eight rider break. Defending Champion Kirsten Wild lead home the bunch over one and a half minutes behind.

Despite the calendar clash Rabo Liv, Wiggle Honda, Liv-Plantur Hitec, Bigla and Lotto Soudal are among the big UCI teams that will line up. With Trofeo Alfredo Binda a race for the climbers, Gent-Wevelgem gives the sprinters an opportunity to shine.

2014 Results

1 Lauren HALL
2 Janneke ENSING +1
4 Sofie DE VUYST +6
5 Roxane KNETEMANN +6
6 Anouska KOSTER +6
7 Liesbet DE VOCHT +6
8 Claire THOMAS +6
9 Kirsten WILD +1:42
10 Nina KESSLER +1:42

Past Winners

2014 Lauren Hall
2013 Kirsten Wild
2012 Lizzie Armitstead

The Route

The first 30 kilometres are flat before they reach the first climb of the day the Kemelberg and after a short descent riders then face the Monteberg at the 40km mark. Over the top of the climb the next 25km covers undulating roads. From here riders face the second and final section of climbs. First is the Baneberg at the 67.5km mark. Following in quick succession at the Kemmelberg at 75.5km and Monteberg at 79.4km. Other than a minor climb with around 20km to go it is flat for the final 30 kilometres in to the finish.

The Contenders

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Jolien D'hoore and Chloe Hosking

Wiggle Honda has four wins already in Europe and is off to a strong start thanks to their big three trio of sprinters in Jolien D'hoore, Chloe Hosking and Giorgia Bronzini. While Bronzini isn't here expect to see a strong leadout from the team. In the final kilometres of Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe the team was dominant and nobody really came close with D'hoore taking a convincing win.

Both are on form and on the sprint friendly parcous it would be a surprise not to see at least one of them on the podium.

Amy Cure

Cure is still finding her road legs after another successful Track World Championships that saw her claim a world title in the team pursuit plus silver in the scratch race and bronze in the individual pursuit. Having just returned to the road it might be a bit too early to expect to see Cure fighting for the win but she shouldn't be discounted. Now in her second year as a professional but didn't have the chance to race much last year due to track commitments. Normally would prefer a harder race but having just started her road season the easier course could suit her. Packs a very strong finish and will be looking for an early season win.


Bigla have put together a super team but are still working to put all the pieces together. The team is without their star sprinter Shelley Olds who crashed out of Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe. Vera Koedooder returns to the team from injury and could help the team get a win on the board. It is a rare race when Koedooder is not off the front at least once. Expect to see her on the attack here and if she gets a gap is often hard to bring back.

Kirsten Wild

Arguably the top sprinter in the women's peloton. Focused on the track ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, where she is chasing gold in the omnium. Claimed bronze at the World Championships in a sign she will be a contender next year. For now Wild is back on the road and took a convincing win at Novilon Eurocup. Won the race in 2013 before it was a UCI race and will be looking to take her second win of the season. With the form Wild is in will be very hard to beat in a sprint.

Sofie De Vuyst finished fourth last year after a strong start to the classics. Has been consistent this year but hasn't seemed at the same level. The flat final 30 kilometres doesn't suit her as cannot compete against the pure sprinters on the flat. Going in the early break paid off for her in 2014 so don't be surprised to see the tactic repeated. Keep an eye on Kim De Baat as well.

Matrix Fitness

A young team but one that has been producing strong results and improving every race. Lucy Martin is the most experienced rider on the team and has an important role in helping the younger riders develop but can also produce a strong result herself on a course like this.

Molly Weaver had a strong opening few weeks in Belgium finishing in or around the top 30 in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Le Samyn and Omloop van het Hageland but it was at Cholet Pays de Loire she took the teams top result so far. Made the break of the day and went on to finish eight in a group that was lead home by Jolien d'Hoore.

Christina Siggaard is now in her second year as a professional but has taken a big step up this year. Finished 17th at Omloop van het Hageland and 19th last weekend at Cholet Pays de Loire. It is only a matter of time before we see her finish inside the top 10.

The team has a number of options to play and expect to see them again in contention for a top 10 finish.

Janneke Ensing

Spent four years with Boels Dolmans but now finds herself as a leader of the Parkhotel Valkenburg squad. Finished second here last year and might have won if not for a very late attack by Lauren Hall from the break ahead of the sprint. Not a name that might stand out but Ensing can again put herself in the winning move could be on the podium for a second year. Finished fifth again from a break at Omloop van het Hageland and 18th at Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe.

Rabo Liv

Roxane Knetemann had a number of top 10 finishes in 2014 including fifth here with most of them coming in hillier races. The harder the race is the better for Knetemann so expect to see her attack on the climbs. Anouska Koster has made the step up to one of the top teams in the women's peloton. Finished 19th at Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe a big improvement on 28th the year before. Not a sprinter so like Knetemann is likely to make the race as hard as possible.

Lucy Garner and Amy Pieters

Was off her best in Qatar and has missed the start of the European season due to injury but when on form this is a race that is perfect for Garner. The dual Junior World Champion won the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island in 2013 as a first year professional but didn't manage a win last year but picked up a number of podiums. If Garner is recovered from her injury will be very dangerous in a bunch sprint.

Pieters was the only rider who got close to infiltrating the dominance of Wiggle Honda in the finish of the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe. Might not have replicated her strong start to the season but seems to be coming in to form. Won GP Stad Waregem on Wednesday. Unlike Garner Pieters is not a pure sprinter and would prefer a harder finish but if Garner isn't yet recovered.

Floortje Mackaij is another name to keep an eye on. Finished second to Pieters at GP Stad Waregem.

Other names to watch: Lotta Lepisto, Desiree Ehrler, Emilie Moberg, Tatiana Guderzo and Loes Gunnewijk.
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