Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën), John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) have all won the race in recent years, while Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) is the defending champion, though won't start after cases of COVID-19 in his team.
That trio, plus many more big names, will line up in Gent on Sunday to contest the victory 254 kilometres later.
Cyclingnews will be bringing you live coverage during the men's and women's Gent-Wevelgem events. We will also be bringing you full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the race. Read on to find out how to watch Gent-Wevelgem via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.
The men's race will also see Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) among the big names hoping to take victory in Wevelgem, while Milan-San Remo champion Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) is also in contention.
Yves Lampaert, Sam Bennett, and Zdenek Štybar form a formidable Deceuninck-QuickStep trio, while Matteo Trentin and Fernando Gaviria join Kristoff in UAE's squad and Philippe Gilbert races alongside Degenkolb at Lotto Soudal.
Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie), Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation), Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën), and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Nippo) are also racing, along with a wealth of fast men – Cees Bol (Team DSM), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), and Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels p/b KTM).
In the women's race, D'Hoore, Wiebes, and Kopecky will be joined at the start line by a strong field, too. Amy Pieters (SD Worx), Kirsten Wild (Ceratizit-WNT), and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) are chief among them, while Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) will also be in contention.
Elsewhere, Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Emma Norsgaard (Movistar), and the Trek-Segafredo duo of Elisa Longo Borghini and Lizzie Deignan are also riders to watch.
Read on for all the information on how to watch the men's and women's Gent-Wevelgem 2021.
Gent-Wevelgem live stream
The men's and women's Gent-Wevelgem will be broadcast around Europe on Eurosport. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.
Flobikes will air the race in Australia, Canada and the USA, with plans starting from $12.50 pere month.
If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
Our sister site TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN, you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
Spring Classics schedule
|March 28||Gent-Wevelgem (men & women)|
|March 31||Dwars door Vlaanderen|
|April 4||Tour of Flanders (men & women)|
|April 11||Paris-Roubaix (men & women)|
|April 14||Brabantse Pijl|
|April 18||Amstel Gold Racee (men & women)|
|April 21||La Flèche Wallonne (men & women)|
|April 25||Liège-Bastogne-Liège (men & women)|
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