Gent-Wevelgem To Start From Ypres From Next Year

Gent-Wevelgem to start from Ypres from next year

Joseph Delves 5 Sep 2019 Spring Classic to retain its name but ditch its current start point for a 50km shift to the southwest Flemish one-day Classic Gent-Wevelgem will start in Ypres rather than the now-familiar starting point of Deinze from next year. The move follows an agreement between the city and organisers of the WorldTour event that covers the next six years. 'We’re very proud of this collaboration,' said Emmily Talpe, mayor of the city of Ypres in response to the news. 'It puts Ypres on the international map after the previous WW1 commemorations. The media attention for such a race is immense.' Run by Flanders Classics, Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that the deal will see the town of Ypres pay 100,000 euros each year, an amount that will also increase annually by 10,000 euros. With the race passing several battlefields, the new route aims to reinforce its ...

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