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The peloton is gathering in Ypres for the start of Gent-Wevelgem, but without Trek-Segafredo, who were forced out last night after two confirmed cases of COVID-19, and without Bora-Hansgrohe, who have also been denied the start after already missing the E3 Saxo Bank Classic due to a confirmed coronavirus case. Yesterday, Bora-Hansgrohe intimated their intention to compete and they were reportedly travelling to Ypres this morning, but our man in Flanders Brecht Decaluwe reports that they will not now take part in the race. 

While Trek-Segafredo confirmed their withdrawal last night after the confirmed COVID-19 cases, it appears that Bora-Hansgrohe were prevented from starting this morning. Bora-Hansgrohe were unable to start in Harelbeke on Friday under the Belgian Cycling Federation's COVID-19 protocol after Matt Walls tested positive for the coronavirus, and they are now out of Gent-Wevelgem.

In the absence of Trek-Segafredo and Bora-Hansgrohe the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team will by far be the strongest force in the race, writes Brecht Decaluwé. They even have fast men Sam Bennett and Davide Ballerini if the race comes down to a group sprint. Yves Lampaert was asked about the chances of teammate Sam Bennett. “He’s good. They have forecast a lot of wind. I hope there’ll be a lot of wind. He’ll go well but we’ll have to see exactly how far he can get. It’s impossible to predict. We have another fast man with Ballerini. There’s Stybar and me too,” Lampaert said.

The peloton rolls out from Ypres at 10am CET and is scheduled to reach kilometre zero for the official start at 10.15. The 247.5km race features 11 climbs, starting with the Scherpenberg after 150km, while the final ascent of the Kemmelberg comes after 213km. There are also three sections of semi-paved road - the Plugstreets - around the 180km mark, while the firm threat of crosswinds to break the race into