Velominati Super Prestige: Gent-Wevelgem 2013

Past winner of Gent-Wevelgem
Three time winner of Gent-Wevelgem

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you the Kemmelberg, for one, is a steep beast of a climb. It does not go up too far but it goes. And all these bergs seem to have some climbing just to get to the named climb, so yes, one can be gassed real fast in this area. Luckily there is the chance of catching back on each descent too, something sprinters like Cipo must have been good at.

This is one of the final tune up races for Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Velominati banner shall be flying in Flanders in a week from this Sunday’s race. Whomever is fit and fast  into Wevelgem shall be on the short list for the Ronde.

Here is a provisional start list and here is the race profile. The start list shall be updated by Saturday so double check your picks before start time. No whining, no delgados.

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303 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Gent-Wevelgem 2013”

  1. @roger





    So, anyone, what derailleur am I looking at here, and surely this is ‘at least’ an 11-28 on Fab’s E3 winning rig.

    Isnt that the Dura Ace 9000?


    Sure, the crank is, but look at the cage on the rear derailleur. Now with wings for better protection.

    I think Spartacus uses oversized derailleur jockey wheels to reduce drivetrain friction (the chain doesn’t go through as sharp a series of turns to get through the rear mech) and from memory he uses a standard shimano rear mech that is fitted with an aftermarket cage and obviously jockey wheels.

    Wolfgang berner setup

    Thanks for that. Cyclingnews followed up with this video, which tells all, except, of course for that modified rear mech.

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