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2022 Gent - Wevelgem (World Tour), Belgium

Ghent - Wevelgem (English), Gand - Wevelgem (French)

84th edition: Sunday, March 27, 2022

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Ypres - Wevelgem, 256.8 km

Biniam Girmay (left) wins in Wevelgem. Jumbo-Visma photo

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Weather at the finish city of Wevelgem at 1:45 PM, local time: 14C (58F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the northeast at 11 km/hr (7 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the organizer's race summary:

Biniam Girmay has won the 84th edition of Gent-Wevelgem. The Eritrean sprinted in Wevelgem to his first victory in a Flemish classic. He finished ahead of Laporte and Van Gestel. 

After the 84th edition of Gent Wevelgem was flagged off at 10.50am at the Menepoort in Ypres, the peloton immediately headed into Flanders Fields at a fast pace. It went fast in the first kilometres of the race and thus we had to wait a while for the early breakaway. Eventually 7 riders managed to get away from the peloton: Wallays (Cofidis), Konychev (Team BikeExchange - Jayco), Arndt (Team DSM), Jacobs (Movistar Team), Robeet (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), De Vylder (Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise) and Saugstad (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team). They managed to cycle an advantage of about 6 minutes together.

In De Moeren, the wind did not cause a shift this year. But the pace did quicken in the run-up to the first passage on Scherpenberg. Sanremo winner Mohoric's men took the initiative and launched an attack on the Scherpenberg.

The race broke open and after a crash at the back of the peloton, two groups were formed in pursuit of the leaders. Just before the first climb of Scherpenberg, a few riders were able to return from the back. At the first passage through Heuvelland and thus over the Kemmelberg, Belgian champion Van Aert also showed his nervosity. He was the first to round the first passage on the Belvedere side of the Kemmelberg.

Right after the first climb of the Kemmelberg, Greg Van Avermaet pulled everything to the side. A tight group was formed with Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Démare (Groupama - FDJ), Van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers) and Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in pursuit of the breakaway.

At the first Plugstreets - Hill 62 it was again Van Avermaet who gave the other guys a hard time. With 65 km to go, the story of the escapees, of which Jacobs was the only one left, was over. In the peloton, TotalEnergies and Jumbo Visma, whose leader Van Aert is in the second group, join forces. The difference is barely 20 seconds. At a little less than 60 km from the finish everything could start over.

The pace increased again at the second climb of the Kemmelberg. Asgreen, Van Aert, Pedersen, ... nothing but big names at the front. After the Kemmelberg Van Aert's team mate Laporte took the lead. He was accompanied by Campenaerts and Turgis (TotalEnergies), but couldn’t really get away. It was raining attacks in the run-up to the second climb of the Scherpenberg: Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), Benoot (Jumbo-Visma), Turgis... They all tried, but nobody could get away. It was waiting for the Ossuaire side of the Kemmelberg.

Then the moment of Belgian champion Van Aert had come. With a strong acceleration he sprinted away from everyone’s wheel uphill and continued. The Dane Asgreen could close the gap, together with Laporte, Kragh Andersen, Mohoric and Pedersen. Van Baarle and Benoot were also in the breakaway. At the front it didn’t work well enough and so we finally got a regrouping right before entering Ypres. Shortly after, a front group of 4 is formed: Laporte, Stuyven (Trek Segafredo), Van Gestel (TotalEnergies) and Girmay. In the chasing group Groupama - FDJ was chasing for leader Démare.

The winning break goes through the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres.

The race was yet to become more exciting. At 3 km from the finish the difference was merely 20 seconds. Were we heading to a sprint with 4 or with a big group? It was the latter and it was Girmay who started the sprint. The 21-year old Eritrean sprinted to victory in Gent-Wevelgem. He wins ahead of Laporte and Van Gestel and thus writes a piece of cycling history.

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172 starters, 66 abandons, 106 classified finishers

256.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.593 km/hr

1  Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 5hr 37min 57sec
2  Christophe Laporte Jumbo-Visma s.t.
3  Dries van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
4  Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5  Soren Kragh Andersen Team DSM @ 8sec
6  Tim Merlier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
7  Mads Pedersen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
8  Ivan Garcia Movistar s.t.
9  Matej Mohoric Bahrain Victorious s.t.
10  Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
11  Alexander Kristoff Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
12  Wout van Aert Jumbo-Visma s.t.
13  Luka Mezgec BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
14  Andrea Pasqualon Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
15  Robbe Ghys Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
16  Laurenz Rex Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
17  Greg Van Avermaet Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
18  Arjen Livyns Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
19  Florian Vermeersch Lotto Soudal s.t.
20  Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
21  Jasper Philipsen Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
22  Jonas Koch BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
23  Marijn Van Den Berg EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
24  Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
25  Alex Aranburu Movistar s.t.
26  Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies s.t.
27  John Degenkolb Team DSM s.t.
28  Ben Turner INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
29  Anders Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
30  Rasmus Tiller Uno-X s.t.
31  Cédric Beullens Lotto Soudal s.t.
32  Kasper Asgreen Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
33  Victor Campenaerts Lotto Soudal s.t.
34  Tiesj Benoot Jumbo-Visma s.t.
35  Michael Valgren EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
36  Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37  Frederik Frison Lotto Soudal s.t.
38  Adrien Petit Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
39  Yves Lampaert Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 0:14
40  Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo 0:17
41  Dylan Van Baarle INEOS Grenadiers 0:25
42  Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
43  Max Kanter Movistar 0:27
44  Johan Jacobs Movistar s.t.
45  Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious 0:29
46  Gianni Vermeersch Alpecin-Fenix 0:42
47  Jasha Sutterlin Bahrain Victorious 1:20
48  Arnaud De Lie Lotto Soudal s.t.
49  Nikias Arndt Team DSM 1:22
50  Heinrich Haussler Bahrain Victorious 1:29
51  Mike Teunissen Jumbo-Visma 1:30
52  Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
53  Kenneth Van Rooy Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
54  Lindsay De Vylder Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
55  Hugo Houle Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
56  Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
57  Silvan Dillier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
58  Thomas Scully EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
59  Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën 1:36
60  Stan Dewulf Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
61  Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
62  Nathan Van Hooydonck Jumbo-Visma s.t.
63  Stanislaw Aniolkowski Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces 1:42
64  Bert Van Lerberghe Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 1:49
65  Kevin Geniets Groupama-FDJ s.t.
66  Damien Touze Ag2r-Citroën 1:56
67  Tom Pidcock INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
68  Fabio Jakobsen Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 7:06
69  Elia Viviani INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
70  Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates s.t.
71  Niki Terpstra TotalEnergies s.t.
72  Tobias Ludvigsson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
73  Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
74  Luca Mozzato B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
75  Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
76  Wesley Kreder Cofidis s.t.
77  Sep Vanmarcke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
78  Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain Victorious s.t.
79  Nils Politt BORA-hansgrohe 9:56
80  Arne Marit Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
81  Marco Haller BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
82  Niklas Märkl Team DSM s.t.
83  Pierre Barbier B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
84  Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
85  Antoine Raugel Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
86  Kristoffer Halvorsen Uno-X s.t.
87  Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious s.t.
88  Alexander Konychev BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
89  Manuele Boaro Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
90  Jonas Rutsch EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
91  Gijs Van Hoecke Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
92  Edvald Boasson-Hagen TotalEnergies s.t.
93  Lars Saugstad Uno-X s.t.
94  Julien Morice B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
95  Jelle Wallays Cofidis s.t.
96  Stefan Bissegger EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
97  Sebastian Langeveld EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
98  Michael Schar Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
99  Daan Hoole Trek-Segafredo s.t.
100  Otto Vergaerde Trek-Segafredo s.t.
101  Andre Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
102  Sacha Modolo Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
103  Vito Braet Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
104  Maciej Bodnar TotalEnergies s.t.
105  Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces s.t.
106  Sam Bennett BORA-hansgrohe s.t.

 


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Race map & profile:

2022 Gent-Wevelgem map

2022 Gent-Wevelgem profile

2022 Gent-Wevelgem photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

On the Kemmelberg: Yves Lampaert

Greg van Avermaet

Arnaud Demare looks like he's going deep on the climb.

Jens Debusschere

Stefan Kung

Matej Mohoric

Jasper Stuyven

Wout van Aert

Kasper Asgreen

The Jumbo-Visma rider is eventual 2nd-place Christophe Laporte.

Biniam Girmay

Biniam Girmay wins a big one and makes history.

The podium, from left: Christophe Laporte (2nd), Biniam Girmay (1st) & Dries van Gestel (3rd).


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Start list with back numbers, March 26, 2022:

  JUMBO-VISMA
DS Arthur Van Donger
1 VAN AERT Wout
2 BENOOT Tiesj
3 LAPORTE Christophe
4 AFFINI Edoardo
5 TEUNISSEN Mike
6 ROOSEN Timo
7 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL
DS Wilfried Peeters
11 KEISSE Iljo
12 JAKOBSEN Fabio
13 ASGREEN Kasper
14 BALLERINI Davide
15 LAMPAERT Yves
16 SENECHAL Florian
17 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
LOTTO SOUDAL
DS Niloas Maes
21 CAMPENAERTS Victor
22 VAN MOER Brent
23 DE BUYST Jasper
24 DE LIE Arnaud
25 VERMEERSCH Florian
26 FRISON Frederik
27 BEULLENS Cedric
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
DS Hilaire Van Der Schueren
31 KRISTOFF Alexander
32 DE GENDT Aimé
33 VAN MELSEN Kevin
34 PASQUALON Andrea
35 PETIT Adrien
36 GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
37 VAN DER HOORN Taco
AG2R-CITROEN TEAM
DS Julien Jurdie
41 VAN AVERMAET Greg
42 NAESEN Oliver
43 DEWULF Stan
44 RAUGEL Antoine
45 SCHÄR Michael
46 TOUZÉ Damien
47 VAN HOECKE Gijs
ASTANA QAZAQSTAN
DS Stefano Zanini
51 BASSO Leonardo
52 BOARO Manuele
53 GAZZOLI Michele
54 FELLINE Fabio
55 MOSCON Gianni
56 MARTINELLI Davide
57 ZAKHAROV Artyom
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
DS Enrico Poitschke
61 HAUSSLER Heinrich
62 GRADEK Kamil
63 MACIEJUK Filip
64 ARASHIRO Yukiya
65 MOHORIC Matej
66 WRIGHT Fred
67 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
BORA-HANSGROHE
DS Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
71 BENNETT Sam
72 MEEUS Jordi
73 HALLER Marco
74 KOCH Jonas
75 MULLEN Ryan
76 POLITT Nils
77 VAN POPPEL Danny
COFIDIS
DS Alain Deloeil
81 ALLEGAERT Piet
82 BOHLI Tom
83 CARVALHO André
84 CONSONNI Simone
85 KREDER Wesley
86 VANBILSEN Kenneth
87 WALLAYS Jelle
EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST
DS Andreas Klier
91 KEUKELEIRE Jens
92 BISSEGGER Stefan
93 VAN DEN BERG Marijn
94 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
95 LANGEVELD Sebastian
96 RUTSCH Jonas
97 SCULLY Thomas
GROUPAMA-FDJ
DS Frederic Guesdon
101 KÜNG Stefan
102 ASKEY Lewis
103 GENIETS Kevin
104 LE GAC Olivier
105 LIENHARD Fabian
106 LUDVIGSSON Tobias
107 DEMARE Arnaud
INEOS GRENADIERS
DS Servais Knaven
111 VAN BAARLE Dylan
112 NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonnatan
113 ROWE Luke
114 VIVIANI Elia
115 SWIFT Ben
116 TURNER Ben
117 PIDCOCK Thomas
ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH
DS Dirk Demol
121 VANMARCKE Sep
122 HOULE Hugo
123 BIERMANS Jenthe
124 BRANDLE Matthias
125 EINHORN Itamar
126 VAN ASBROECK Tom
127 JONES Taj
MOVISTAR TEAM
DS Jose Garcia Acosta
131 ARANBURU DEBA Alex
132 ELÓSEGUI Iñigo
133 ERVITI Imanol
134 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
135 JØRGENSEN Mathias
136 JACOBS Johan
137 KANTER Max
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO
DS Mathew Hayman
141 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
142 BEWLEY Sam
143 EDMONDSON Alexander
144 DURBRIDGE Luke
145 O'BRIEN Kelland
146 KONYCHEV Alexander
147 MEZGEC Luka
TEAM DSM
DS Philip West
151 DEGENKOLB John
152 MÄRKL Niklas
153 BOL Cees
154 VERMAERKE Kevin
155 HEINSCHKE Leon
156 ARNDT Nikias
157 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
TREK-SEGAFREDO
DS Steven De Jongh
161 STUYVEN Jasper
162 HOOLE Daan
163 KIRSCH Alex
164 PEDERSEN Mads
165 SIMMONS Quinn
166 THEUNS Edward
167 VERGAERDE Otto
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
DS Aart Vierhouten
171 ACKERMANN Pascal
172 TRENTIN Matteo
173 BJERG Mikkel
175 RICHEZE Maximiliano Ariel
176 TROIA Oliviero
177 OLIVEIRA Rui
ALPECIN-FENIX
DS Michel Cornelisse
181 MERLIER Tim
182 PHILIPSEN Jasper
183 BALLERSTEDT Maurice
184 RICKAERT Jonas
185 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
186 VERMEERSCH Gianni
187 DILLIER Silvan
TOTALENERGIES
DS Dominique Arnould
191 SAGAN Peter
193 BODNAR Maciej
194 OSS Daniel
195 TERPSTRA Niki
196 TURGIS Anthony
197 VAN GESTEL Dries
198 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
B&B HOTELS-KTM
DS Didier Rous
201 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
202 BARBIER Pierre
203 JAUREGUI Quentin
204 LEMOINE Cyril
205 MORICE Julien
206 MOZZATO Luca
207 WARLOP Jordi
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE'
DS Luca Amoriello
211 COLNAGHI Luca
212 FIORELLI Filippo
213 BATTAGLIN Enrico
214 MODOLO Sacha
215 TONELLI Alessandro
216 ZANONCELLO Enrico
217 GABBURO Davide
BINGOAL-PAUWELS SAUCES WB
DS Christophe Brandt
221 DUPONT Timothy
222 ANIOLKOWSKI Stanislaw
223 LIVYNS Arjen
224 PAASSCHENS Mathijs
225 ROBEET Ludovic
226 PEYSKENS Dimitri
227 REX Laurenz
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
DS Walter Planckaert
231 DE VYLDER Lindsay
232 BRAET Vito
233 COLMAN Alex
234 GHYS Robbe
235 MARIT Arne
236 FRETIN Milan
237 VAN ROOY Kenneth
UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM
DS Gino Vanoudenhove
241 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
242 HANSEN Lasse Norman
243 RESELL Erik Nordsaeter
244 SAUGSTAD Lars
245 SKAARSETH Anders
246 TILLER Rasmus Fossum
247 URIANSTAD Martin Bugge