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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.

2012 Gent–Wevelgem
2012 UCI World Tour, race 7 of 28
Race details
Dates25 March
Stages1
Distance234.6 km (145.8 mi)
Winning time5h 32' 44"
Results
  Winner  Tom Boonen (Belgium) (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)
  Second  Peter Sagan (Slovakia) (Liquigas–Cannondale)
  Third  Matti Breschel (Denmark) (Rabobank)
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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]

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TeamsEdit

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]

ResultsEdit

[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 raceEdit

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"

ReferencesEdit

  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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