How to Watch Gent-Wevelgem, the Classics Race Practically Made For Sprinters

Since 1934, Gent-Wevelgem has marked the start of the Flemish Classics week, taking place on the last Sunday before the lead-up to the monument, Tour of Flanders.

We’ve already seen some incredible racing during this year’s classics season, and Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem will be an exciting next installment of the cobbled battles between a formidable roster of favorites in both the women’s and the men’s races.

How to watch Gent-Wevelgem 2023

Both the men’s and the women’s races will be broadcast live and available for streaming after the fact on FloBikes.

Unfortunately, FloBikes has a pretty disappointing track record for the quality of its women’s racing coverage, and it will be interesting to see if we will actually get to see a meaningful amount of the women’s race instead of just the last 20K, and whether there will actually be an announcer instead of just the ambient noise of a helicopter (yes, the women’s racing coverage on FloBikes has actually been that bad this year).

Gent-Wevelgem is taking place on Sunday, March 26th, with the men’s race starting at 7:00 a.m. EDT. The women’s race begins afterward at 10:15 a.m. EDT.

The riders we’ll be watching

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) has said that Gent-Wevelgem is one he’s targeting this year, and he will be flying into this race on the wings of his knock-out sprint finish at E3 Saxo Classic.

Another favorite is last year’s winner Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), who made history as Gent-Wevelgem’s first African winner in its 89-year history.

In the women’s race, Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) will be defending her champion’s title with the help of her teammate Shirin van Anrooij, who’s fresh off of winning Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

However, she will have very stiff competition from the SD Worx machine that will be deploying some of the best sprinters in the peloton in the form of Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes.

And let’s not forget Team DSM and that team’s star sprinter Charlotte Kool, who will be racing alongside teammate Pfeiffer Georgi, who herself is fresh off a victory at Brugge-De Panne.

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