Last Sunday, the Austrian rider Bernhard Eisel won the Flemish one day classic race Gent-Wevelgem. This victory was deemed to be the 29-year-old’s crowning glory in his professional career. Eisel’s victory was on the sprint to the finish line, leaving behind the Belgian duo Sep Vanmarcke and Philippe Gilbert.
Eisel openly stated his dislike for this edition of the race, however proudly declared that “This is my most celebrated victory”. Together with five other riders, Eisel was able to pull away early in the race expertly negotiating the strong head wind. Many of the pre-race favorites suffered along the way. This included French rider Sylvain Chavanel who was out of the competition halfway through the race.
On the last climb of Mount Kemmel, Eisel’s group now numbering to ten, included Oscar Freire the Milan-SanRemo veteran and American George Hincapie. Unfortunately, Freire could not cope up with the wind and was left trailing Gilbert who led and strongly paced the race in the remaining 10 km finish. Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway injured his Achilles tendon and like Chavanel, was out halfway through the race.
Race Results for Gent-Wevelgem (217km):
1. Bernhard Eisel (Aus/HTC-Columbia)
2. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel/Topsport Vlaanderen)
3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Omega Pharma)
4. George Hincapie (USA/BMC)
5. Daniel Oss (Liquigas)
6. Jürgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma)
5. Daniel Oss (Ita/Liquigas)
6. Jürgen Roelandts (Bel/Omega Pharma)
7. Maksim Iglinski (Kaz/Astana)
8. Matti Breschel (Den/Saxo Bank)
9. Tyler Farrar (USA/Garmin-Transitions)
10. Luca Paolini (Ita/Aqua & Sapone)
Via Road Bike Action