For the first time in history, the start of Ghent-Wevelgem (1.WT, 11/10) will take place in City of Peace Ypres. In order to avoid an overlap with the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia, the peloton will leave the Port of Menen at 10h in the morning. The riders have to cross the open fields in the Moeren in the first race half, before heading towards the hills in West Flanders. The hill zone with three times the Kemmelberg and two times the Baneberg or Monteberg is interrupted by the unpaved plug streets. From the last passage on the top of the Kemmelberg, it is still 34.3 kilometer to the finish in Wevelgem. The winner after 232.5 kilometer is expected around 15h45.
In 2019, Danny Van Poppel finished 5th in the classic which honours the history of the first world war. Both Van Poppel brothers will be at the start on Sunday just like other fast riders Timothy Dupont and Andrea Pasqualon. The quartet is completed with Belgian riders Ludwig De Winter, Xandro Meurisse and Pieter Vanspeybrouck, under the direction of Hilaire Van der Schueren and Steven De Neef.
Danny van Poppel:
« Everybody is extremely motivated to show himself in this strange season, it won't be different the next couple of weeks. I felt very good at the BinckBank Tour, and also afterwards. It was a perfect preparation for what's to come. Unfortunately there won't be a Paris-Roubaix this year, but several nice sprint races are still on the programme. The outcome of Ghent-Wevelgem is very often dependent on the weather conditions. Rain can cause a lot of chaos, but I'm hoping for a scenario with good weather and wind. This suits me most and the team is ready to surround me. »