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Eisel wins Gent-Wevelgem

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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…

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2010 Gent-Wevelgem is Climbers Paradise

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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…

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