Gaviria's role reversal helps Kristoff to Gent-Wevelgem victory

Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) wins Gent-Wevelgem

In the Classics, everyone has a plan until the races shatter into shards in the crosswinds and the cobbles and climbs reveal who really is on form. Fernando Gaviria started Gent-Wevelgem as UAE Team Emirates ’ designated team leader but 250 tumultuous kilometres later he finished the afternoon playing the role of sweeper as his hitherto lead-out man Alexander Kristoff sprinted to victory. It was a day that called for improvisation. Gaviria showed his intentions early on by making the elite group of 21 riders that forged clear in the crosswinds near Gistel, home of Johan Museeuw. Favourites such as Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) were among their number, and when their advantage stretched out to 1:20, it looked as though they might go all the way to the finish. The group would spend most of the day off the front before being reeled in by a ...

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