The 2010 edition of Gent-Wevelgem is going to be a climbing sensation, literally, with the addition of more steep ascents than was previously seen in last year’s event.
It is also a bit shorter, with 40 kilometers being cut off from the last planned route. The race was originally schduled to be held between the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix events, but was moved to a new slot and will now be held after the Milan-San Remo race. The course length is now 219 kilometers, featuring some fast portions for the sprinters, but also adding more sections with cobblestones and at least 16 short (but tough) climbs.
Organizers had been planning the race to be around 257km long, with the intention of attracting the riders who are training for the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The final course, however, shows significant portions have been changed. A more straightforward section now connects Diksmuide and Veurne, while climbers can pedal to their hearts’ desire with 14 more climbs up the Kemmelberg.
Observers note that the last editions of Gent-Wevelgem had been favorable to sprinters, but the 2010 version could now see a shift in the scales and favor the tough climbers.