The Flemish spring classics are succeeding fast. After the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke today Ghent-Wevelgem follows next Sunday. That is the second WorldTour race of the season in Belgium. Lotto Belisol will play the card of André Greipel and Jürgen Roelandts will ride his last race before the Tour of Flanders.
Ghent Wevelgem is 238 kilometers long and counts ten hills, with two times the Kemmelberg. The weather conditions have already been a spoilsport for cycling races a few times this season, there was the cancellation of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the atypical course of Milan-Sanremo, possibly Ghent-Wevelgem won’t be spared either. Snow and freezing temperatures are predicted. The organization has an alternative route if necessary. If the race ends with a sprint we can look forward to a battle between Lotto Belisol rider André Greipel, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. André Greipel is previewing the race of Sunday.
André Greipel: “I am well prepared, but I cannot ride my bike like I would like to in the cold. For Sunday they predict winter weather again. It was the same last Sunday in Milan-Sanremo and then I just don’t have the same condition I normally have. I don’t think anybody is looking forward to ride in the freezing cold and snow again. Milan-Sanremo is now already five days ago. On Monday I was in bed because I was feeling a bit ill, but I feel recovered now. I’ve done some easy trainings during the week, we’ll see on Sunday.”
“The ideal scenario is that it stays dry and I expect that the rest will be the same. A group will ride away after the Kemmelberg and this group will normally make it to the finish. We’ll see how big the group is and I think Jürgen is also ready for it and I also hope to be in the group after the Kemmelberg.”