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Gent-Wevelgem start moved to Gistel

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 23, 2013, 16:06 GMT,
Updated:
March 23, 2013, 16:09 GMT
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, March 23, 2013
Race:
Gent - Wevelgem
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won Gent-Wevelgem for the third time in his career

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won Gent-Wevelgem for the third time in his career

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Worst of the weather to be avoided

Gent-Wevelgem will definitely go ahead on Sunday after race director Frank Hoste did a reconnaissance of the course on Saturday. However the WorldTour race will start from Gistel, to the north-west of Gent, shortening the parcours by 45km.

Hoste met with teams on Saturday afternoon, announcing the changes.

With more snow forecast to fall from around 10pm on Saturday evening and with temperatures plummeting to around -3, a decision will be made on Sunday morning before the race over the inclusion of the two ascents of the Casselberg.

"We will not make the mistake of Milan-San Remo" Hoste told Nieuwsblad. "The health and safety of the riders have priority."

 

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