Gallery: Gent-Wevelgem 2021 Images by Chris Auld

The racing heated up early in Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem, as crosswinds broke the peloton apart with 170 kilometers remaining in the 254-kilometer classic. A lead group of 25 riders formed, which would pare down to an elite selection of seven throughout the remainder of the race as it criss-crossed the cobbled bergs of Flanders. Jumbo-Visma found themselves with a numerical advantage, with both favorite Wout van Aert and Nathan van Hooydonk in the lead group, allowing them to both put in attacks to shed riders—including sprinter Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) who would have certainly been the favorite had he made it to the line with the lead group—and mark any attacks. Van Hooydonk lead out the final kilometer, allowing van Aert to beat out Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-ASSOS) and Matteo Trentin (UAE-Team Emirates) and add another win to his impressive palmarès.

Photographer Chris Auld was there to capture the action. 

Wout van Aert had the power to shed riders from the lead group over the cobbled bergs of Flanders.
The race split very early after encountering strong crosswinds
The perks of living in Flanders: front row seats from your living room!

Stefan Küng was part of the strong final seven-man group.

The peloton was never able to make contact again with the leaders after 25 riders got away early.
The peloton passing under the Menin Gate, a WWI memorial, in Ypres early in the race. Despite its name, the race actually begins in Ypres.
Wout will be a favorite for Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, a race in which he placed second in the last edition.

Champagne celebrations are becoming standard for van Aert.
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