The cobbled Classics come thick and fast, with Gent-Wevelgem – a race traditionally favouring the sprinters – set for Easter Sunday (March 27).
Last year’s race proved to be an epic war of attrition, with strong winds in Flanders wreaking havoc on the bunch – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) getting literally blown off the road at one point.
Luca Paolini (Katusha) soloed to victory, to prove the race is not always a predictable bunch sprint finale, but the Italian can not defend his title having been banned for testing positive for cocaine at the Tour de France.
The weather forecast is much more favourable this year too, which should mean the likes of Paolini’s former team-mate Alexander Kristoff will be among those in contention for victory.
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However, a slight change to the route – including tackling the steeper side of the Kemmelberg for the first time in more than two decades.
So what should you be anticipating when the action kicks off on Sunday? We’ve taken a closer look at the route, and picked out five riders who could win.