On Sunday 28 March it's time for Gent-Wevelgem again. Then we will discover the successor to Mads Pedersen after a tour through Flanders Fields. 19 UCI World Teams and 6 UCI Pro Teams will be at the starting line at the Menin Gate in Ypres. Alpecin-Fenix and Team Arkéa - Samsic were already sure of participation, wildcards were awarded to two Belgian and two French teams
Does Trek - Segafredo have a rider in its midst who can shine in Wevelgem just like Mads Pedersen did last year? The team is up against Bora - hansgrohe of Peter Sagan (2013, 2016, 2018) who is currently on the list of triple winners. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to break that record this year. UAE Team Emirates of former winner Alexander Kristoff (2019) and last year's number three Matteo Trentin will also be looking for another victory.
They will compete against Belgian teams Deceuninck - Quick-Step, the team of last year's runner-up Florian Sénéchal, and Lotto Soudal, the team of former winner Degenkolb (2014). In addition, AG2R Citroën Team, the team of the Belgian tandem Naesen - Van Avermaet (winner in 2017), and Jumbo - Visma, team of Wout van Aert, will also be present. Astana - Premier Tech, Bahrain Victorious, Cofidis and EF Education - Nippo are at the start as well, so are Groupama - FDJ, INEOS Grenadiers, Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux, Israel Start-Up Nation and Team Movistar. Or will it be Team DSM, the new team of Tiesj Benoot, that will make the difference on the Kemmelberg? Furthermore, Team BikeExchange and Team Qhubeka Assos complete the list of UCI WorldTeams.
They will compete against the 6 ProTeams that will come to Ypres. Alpecin - Fenix and Team Arkéa - Samsic were already guaranteed a place in Gent-Wevelgem thanks to their excellent position in the rankings at the end of last year. The wildcards go to the French B&B Hotels P/B KTM and Total Direct Energie, and to the Belgian teams Bingoal WB and Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise.
The classics are getting closer and closer. Soon we will know who succeeds Mads Pedersen in Wevelgem as winner of Gent-Wevelgem 2021. The names of the participants will be announced later.