Degenkolb Races Towards Victory

John Degenkolb managed to win Gent-Wevelgem by half a wheel despite the number of crashes that had occurred on Sunday. A late break comprising of cyclists Silvan Dillier from BMC, Andrey Amador from Movistar and Stijn Devolder from Trek entered the final kilometre. However the race to the finish line was disrupted by a crash. Arnaud Demare and Degenkolb were able to push past Peter Sagan at the finish line.

Degenkolb was ecstatic as the chance of winning Wevelgem as it was a big thing to win the Classics. Though he also won a World Tour previously in Hamburg, he felt it was of greater prestige to have had the chance to win the Classics. Despite hectic finales he was still able to make it across the finish line and complete his sprint.

The 233 km race witness a five person break relatively early from Deinze to Wevelgem which included Sebastian Lander from BMC Racing, Jacobus Ventre from MTN-Qhubeka, Manuele Boaro from Tinkoff-Saxo, Frederik Veuchelen from Wanty- Group Gobert andMarcel Aregger from IAM Cycling. The advantage of this break had to be reduced to two minutes with 70km to go and further along ten kilometres, another 30 seconds were lost by the escapees. This group was just half a minute behind with only 50 km to so Boaro thought it was best to go alone. However Fabian Cancellara and Sagan were still somewhat in purist along with Tom Boonen. Dillier was left with 22km to the finish accompanied by Devolder and Amador. Andrei Greipel as well as Tyler Farrar was taken out by a crash as well as few other riders. But the trio held strong and worked together while approaching the last 30 seconds of the race.

The final catch of the last kilometre was Degenkolb racing past Demare to win the event. Devolder was unhappy with the failed attempt of escaping.