Wevelgem, Belgium, March 24, 2013 (AFP) – Slovakia’s in-form Peter Sagan
came home alone to win the 75th edition of the Ghent-Wevelgem classic, the
Cannondale rider crossing the line almost half a minute clear of Slovenian
Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet took third.
Sagan, 23, who was part of an 11-man breakaway group, made his push for
victory three-and-a-half kilometers from the line for his sixth success of the
The one day race in Flanders, shortened by 50 kilometers to 183.7km due to
the extreme cold, lost some of its luster when the two race favorites, Swiss
rider Fabian Cancellara and local hope Tom Boonen, failed to finish.
Cancellara, mindful of the need to conserve his energy for next weekend’s
Tour of Flanders, pulled out 69km from the finish.
Boonen’s race came to a premature end when he crashed, injuring his right
knee, four kilometers further down the road.
Sagan, who was second in last week’s Milan-San Remo and in Friday’s E3
race, again underlined he is a major threat to Cancellara in the upcoming Tour
“I’ve been waiting to win one of the big northern classic races, which I
rate the best of all and which really inspire me as they are made for riders
like me,” he said.
“This race might not be on the same level as the Milan-San Remo or the
Paris-Roubaix but all the same
Results of the 183.7km Ghent-Wevelgem classic on Sunday:
1. Peter Sagan (SVK) 4hr 29min 10sec, 2. Borut Bozic (SLO) at 23sec, 3.
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) s.t., 4. Heinrich Haussler (AUS) s.t., 5. Juan Antonio
Flecha (ESP) s.t., 6. Mathieu Ladagnous (FRA) s.t., 7. Berhard Eisel (AUT)
s.t., 8. Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL) 24, 9. Yaroslav Popovic (UKR) s.t., 10.
Andrey Amador (CTR) s.t.,
17. Thor Hushovd (NOR) 40, 18. Mark Cavendish (GBR) s.t.