2007 Gent–Wevelgem

The 2007 Gent–Wevelgem cycling race took place on 11 April 2007. The race had a length of 207 km.

2007 Gent–Wevelgem
Race details
Dates11 April 2007
Stages1
Distance207[1] km (128.6 mi)
Winning time4h 52' 14"
Results
  Winner  Marcus Burghardt (GER) (T-Mobile Team)
  Second  Roger Hammond (GBR) (T-Mobile Team)
  Third  Óscar Freire (ESP) (Rabobank)
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The day began in Deinze with overcast weather and light winds. This gave way to a quick start and it was not until after the first intermediate sprint that the initial break of Florent Brard, Christophe Mengin, and Roger Hammond. The leaders were allowed a substantial lead (eleven minutes) for a semi-classic, which forced the peloton ride aggressively over the final 100 km.

During the descents of the Kemmelberg, several riders crashed on the wet cobblestones and were severely injured after a rider swerved to avoid a fallen water bottle. Amongst them were Jimmy Casper (broken nose, broken collarbone, broken wrist), Wim De Vocht (broken thumb), James Vanlandschoot (broken thumb, wrist and elbow), Andy Cappelle (broken elbow and fractured shoulder), Marco Velo (broke his knee, collarbone and 2 ribs), Wilfried Cretskens (several contusions), Aart Vierhouten, Tyler Farrar, Luke Roberts, Fabio Sacchi, Mathew Hayman, Matthew Wilson and Heinrich Haussler. This caused splits in the peloton and an elite group of riders were left to chase down the lead trio.

Eventually Marcus Burghardt, Francisco Ventoso, and Óscar Freire joined the leaders with roughly 25 km to go. The six managed to hold off the remaining peloton and, with less than 1 km to go, Burghardt caught Freire by surprise and made the winning move. Burghardt's teammate, Hammond, managed to catch hold of Freire's wheel and overtook the Spaniard in the sprint for a T-Mobile Team one-two finish.

General StandingsEdit

2007-04-11, Gent–Wevelgem, 210 km (130 mi)
Cyclist Team Time UCI ProTour
Points
1   Marcus Burghardt (GER) T-Mobile Team 4h 52' 14" 40
2   Roger Hammond (GBR) T-Mobile Team + 4" 30
3   Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank + 5" 25
4   Francisco Ventoso (ESP) Saunier Duval–Prodir + 6" 20
5   Christophe Mengin (FRA) Française des Jeux + 6" 15
6   Robbie McEwen (AUS) Predictor–Lotto + 15" 11
7   Max van Heeswijk (NED) Rabobank + 15" 7
8   Baden Cooke (AUS) Unibet.com + 15" 5
9   José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne + 15" 3
10   Alexandre Usov (BLR) AG2R Prévoyance + 15" 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gent - Wevelgem (World Tour), Belgium". BikeRaceInfo. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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