|2012 UCI World Tour, race 7 of 28|
|Distance||234.6 km (145.8 mi)|
|Winning time||5h 32' 44" (42.304 km/h or 26.286 mph)|
|Winner||Tom Boonen (Belgium)||(Omega Pharma-Quick Step)|
|Second||Peter Sagan (Slovakia)||(Liquigas-Cannondale)|
|Third||Matti Breschel (Denmark)||(Rabobank)|
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), 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, 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.
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, 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.
The 25 teams that competed in the race were:
|Cyclist||Team||Time||UCI World Tour
|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|
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).
|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"|
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