Gent-Wevelgem Preview

You always remember your first time. Whether it be your first kiss, your first job, your first love, or the first time you had Richie Porte on your vds team. Well, the first time I watched Gent-Wevelgem, I witnessed a Welshman and future Tour winner being blown off his bike by a gust of wind and a coked up pirate escaping for victory, so please excuse me if I have fond memories and perhaps too high of expectations for this race. Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images Geraint Thomas, taking a flyer Gent-Wevelgem gets a bad rap as ostensibly the sprinter’s cobbled classic. However, a pure sprinter has not won in Wevelgem since Cipollini in 2002. Elia Viviani almost pulled it off last year, but was left sobbing in the fetal position on the side of the road after Peter Sagan pipped him on the line. Quick Step men also ...

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