2012 Gent–Wevelgem

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2012 Gent–Wevelgem
2012 UCI World Tour, race 7 of 28
Race details
Date 25 March
Distance 234.6 km (145.8 mi)
Winning time 5h 32' 44" (42.304 km/h or 26.286 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Tom Boonen (Belgium) (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Second  Peter Sagan (Slovakia) (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Third  Matti Breschel (Denmark) (Rabobank)
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2013

The 2012 Gent–Wevelgem was the 74th running of the Gent–Wevelgem single-day cycling race. It was held on 25 March 2012 over a distance of 234.6 kilometres (145.8 miles),[1] and was the seventh race of the 2012 UCI World Tour season.

In a mass sprint finish, the race was won by Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Tom Boonen,[2] who in the process, became the fifth different rider to win the race three times. Boonen finished ahead of Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan and Rabobank's Matti Breschel, who completed the podium.[3]

Teams[edit]

As Gent–Wevelgem was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Seven other squads were given wildcard places into the race,[4] and as such, formed the event's 25-team peloton. Each team could enter up to eight riders, with the starting peloton being 195 riders.[5]

The 25 teams that competed in the race were:[5]

Results[edit]

[6]

Cyclist Team Time UCI World Tour
Points
1  Tom Boonen (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5h 32' 44" 80
2  Peter Sagan (SVK) Liquigas-Cannondale s.t. 60
3  Matti Breschel (DEN) Rabobank s.t. 50
4  Óscar Freire (ESP) Team Katusha s.t. 40
5  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky s.t. 30
6  Daniele Bennati (ITA) RadioShack-Nissan s.t. 22
7  Marco Marcato (ITA) Vacansoleil-DCM s.t. 14
8  Steve Chainel (FRA) FDJ-BigMat s.t. 10
9  Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia s.t.
10  Giovanni Visconti (ITA) Movistar Team s.t. 2

Women's race[edit]

A women's race was held for the first time in 2012, on the same day as the men's race but over a shorter course of 114 km (70.8 mi). AA Drink-leontien.nl rider Lizzie Armitstead won after a solo breakaway of nearly 40 km (24.9 mi).[7]

Cyclist Team Time
1  Lizzie Armitstead (UK) AA Drink-leontien.nl 2h 49' 46"
2  Iris Slappendel (NED) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team + 51"
3  Jessie Daams (BEL) AA Drink-leontien.nl + 51"
4  Lise Nøstvold (NOR) Hitec Products–Mistral Home Cycling Team + 51"
5  Kirsten Wild (NED) AA Drink-leontien.nl + 55"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uurrooster" [Schedule] (PDF). Gent–Wevelgem (in Dutch). Koninklijke Veloclub Het Vliegend Wiel v.z.w. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Walker, Lee (25 March 2012). "Boonen wins Gent-Wevelgem". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boonen wins Gent-Wevelgem". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Seven wildcards named for Gent-Wevelgem". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Deelnemerslijst" [List of Participants] (PDF). Gent–Wevelgem (in Dutch). Koninklijke Veloclub Het Vliegend Wiel v.z.w. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "UCI WorldTour Ranking #6 - Gent - Wevelgem". Union Cycliste Internationale. Infostrada Sports. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Armitstead wint eerste Gent-Wevelgem voor vrouwen" [Elizabeth Armitstead wins Gent-Wevelgem for women]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 

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