Gent - Wevelgem 2013
Despite forecasts for snow and below freezing temperatures Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem looks set to go ahead. Race organisers have set up a number of contingency plans including cutting sections from the course and while they’ve stated that rider safety is of course paramount, they are determined for the race to go ahead.
The race switched from its mid-week slot in 2011 but its WorldTour status has remained along with its propensity to through up a varied and unpredictable race.
Typically it offers sprinters with their best chance of winning a one-day race in Belgium – Scheldeprijs aside – and Mark Cavendish will be depending on his Omega-Pharma QuickStep team to control the race for much of the day. The British rider put in a solid ride in Milan-San Remo, netting his first top ten since winning the race in 2009 but what was most telling was Cavendish’s post-race interview in which he subtly asked team manager Patrick Lefevere to back him – something the manager confirmed would happen at E3 on Friday. Tom Boonen’s meek ride into Harelbeke cements Cavendish as the team’s best option but Boonen still offers a sensible plan B.
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