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Looking back at Gent-Wevelgem - Gallery

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A rider in no-man's land looks for help

A rider in no-man's land looks for help (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton enters the forest

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton enters the forest (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A toast for the 2018 gent-Wevelgem podium: Viviani, Sagan and Demare

A toast for the 2018 gent-Wevelgem podium: Viviani, Sagan and Demare (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton is lined out on a narrow road

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton is lined out on a narrow road (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marta Bastianelli wins the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem

Marta Bastianelli wins the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton on the start line

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton on the start line (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Riders crash in the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem

Riders crash in the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Amy Pieters, Gracie Elvin and Ann Sophie Duyck in the gent-Wevelgem breakaway

Amy Pieters, Gracie Elvin and Ann Sophie Duyck in the gent-Wevelgem breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Sunweb's Lucinda Brand, Leah Kirchmann and Ellen Van Dijk

Team Sunweb's Lucinda Brand, Leah Kirchmann and Ellen Van Dijk (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton in the Belgian countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lucinda Brand leads Hannah Barnes over the cobbles

Lucinda Brand leads Hannah Barnes over the cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem women's peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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All the 2018 Gewnt-Wevelgem champions from throughout the day

All the 2018 Gewnt-Wevelgem champions from throughout the day (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Thumbs up from John Degenkolb at Gent-Wevelgem

Thumbs up from John Degenkolb at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) climbs the Kemmelberg during Gent-Wevelgem

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) climbs the Kemmelberg during Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Amy Pieters on the front of Gent-Wevelgem

Amy Pieters on the front of Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The women's peloton rides out to the Flanders Fields for Gent-Wevelgem

The women's peloton rides out to the Flanders Fields for Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Julien D'Hoore, Marta Bastianelli and Lisa Klein on the Gent-Wevelgem podium

Julien D'Hoore, Marta Bastianelli and Lisa Klein on the Gent-Wevelgem podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Julien D'Hoore, Marta Bastianelli and Lisa Klein on the Gent-Wevelgem podium

Julien D'Hoore, Marta Bastianelli and Lisa Klein on the Gent-Wevelgem podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The peloton battles crosswinds on the way to Wevelgem

The peloton battles crosswinds on the way to Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) in the break at Gent-Wevelgem

Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) in the break at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) on the cobbles

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) on the cobbles (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan wins the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem

Peter Sagan wins the 2018 Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton bears down on the finish line

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton bears down on the finish line (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton climbs

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton climbs (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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What it's all about at gent-Wevelgem

What it's all about at gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan looks for help near the end of Gent-Wevelgem

Peter Sagan looks for help near the end of Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) climbs the cobbles

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) climbs the cobbles (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mechanics with wheels wait for riders

Mechanics with wheels wait for riders (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton enters the city

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton enters the city (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Riders go down near the end of gent-Wevelgem

Riders go down near the end of gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton plows through a field during the 2018 race

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton plows through a field during the 2018 race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton

The 2018 Gent-Wevelgem peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Greg Van Avermaet on the cobbles at Gent-Wevelgem

Greg Van Avermaet on the cobbles at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Spring Classics continue to pick up speed with Sunday's 81st running of Gent-Wevelgem, a 251.5km jaunt through the Belgium countryside that starts in Deinze and finishes in Wevelgem nearly six hours later.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed his third win in the race last year, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) in a sprint from a group of about two-dozen survivors.

Marta Bastianelli, riding for Ale Cipollini, won the fifth edition women's race last year in a reduced-bunch sprint ahead of Julien D'Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) and Lisa Klein (Canyon-SRAM). The women's 136.8km race will be decided in the morning before the men's event.

In anticipation of this year's race, we've put together some photos from 2018 featuring windswept echelons, cobbled climbs and the mud-laden fields of Flanders. Click or swipe through the gallery above for a glimpse of last year's action as we get ready for the 2019 festivities.