60th Gent-Wevelgem, Cat 1.1

Belgium, April 8, 1998

Brief Preview

Gent-Wevelgem is the second great Flemish classic although it is not part of the World Cup. It will cover the same route of the last two years, with a total of 208 kms and two passes by the Kemmelberg, the first at 56 and the second at 33 kms from the finish. Several big riders will not be participating including Michele Bartoli (who has returned to Italy) and joint-leader of the World Cup, Stefano Zanini (who is at Pais Vasco). Notable starters include Mario Cipollini and Tom Steels.

Steels has been on antibiotic treatment because of a wound in his right leg which he received at the Driedaagse van De Panne. Steels will ride in Mapei with Johan Museeuw, Franco Ballerini, Frank Vandenbroucke and Andrea Tafi.

Nine years after the victory of Gerrit Solleveld, Dutchman Jeroen Blijlevens is one of the biggest favorites of the 60th Gent-Wevelgem. After his victories in the Catalanse Week and the Driedaagse van de Panne he is in top condition. Gent-Wevelgem will be the only Spring classic for Mario Cipollini this year. "I can't say too much about my condition. I didn't sprint with Tom Steels yet. And I lost a sprint with Blijlevens. My targets for this year? The Giro and the green yellow in the Tour de France. But don't think i will do anything special in the final of Gent-Wevelgem."

Gent - Wevelgem

  1. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi                 5.21.21
  2. Lars Michaelson (Den) TVM-Farm Frites			0.07
  3. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi				0.07
  4. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Mobistar				0.30
  5. Laurent Desbiens (Fre) Cofidis 				0.30
  6. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom-ADR				0.30
  7. Henk Vogels (Aus) GAN 					0.30
  8. Peter van Petegem (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites			0.30
  9. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites			0.30
 10. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Riso Scotti 				0.30
 11. Scott Sunderland (Aus) Palmans-Ideal			0.30
 12. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Polti					0.30
 13. Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Scrigno				0.30
 14. Gianluca Bortalami (Ita) Festina				0.30
 15. Christian Salvato (Ita) Polti				0.30
 16. Frederic Guesdon (Fra) La Française des Jeux		0.30
 17. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank				0.30
 18. Frederic Moncassin (Fra) GAN				0.30
 19. Carlo Bomans (Bel) Palmans-Ideal				0.30
 20. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi				0.30
 21. Viatsjeslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service
 22. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 23. Dario Pieri (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
 24. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GAN
 25. Bruno Boscardin (Swi) Festina-Lotus
 26. Mario Cipollini (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 27. Roberto Petito (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 28. Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Festina-Lotus
 29. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi 
 30. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi
 31. Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Telekom-ARD
 32. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Telekom-ARD  			1.00
 33. Mario Scirea (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 34. Hans De Meester (Bel) Tönissteiner-Colnago 		4.50
 35. Hendrik Van Dijck (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites
 36. Johan Capiot (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites
 37. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Agro-Adler-Brandenburg
 38. Stefano Casagrande (Ita) Riso Scotti-MG
 39. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 40. Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 41. Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
 42. Karel Vereecke (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx
 43. Riccardo Ferrari (Ita) Riso Scotti-MG
 44. Michele Rezzani (Ita) Riso Scotti-MG
 45. Oleg Pankov (Ukr) Ipso-Euroclean
 46. Leonardo Guidi (Ita) Team Polti
 47. Magnus Bäckstedt (Swe) GAN
 48. Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom-ARD
 49. Frank Höj (Den) Palmans-Ideal
 50. Arnaud Prétot (Fra) GAN
 51. Bert Dietz (Ger) Telekom-ARD
 52. Cyril Bos (Fra) GAN
 53. Ole Simensen (Nor) Agro-Adler-Brandenburg
 54. Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 55. Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service
 56. Hans De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
 57. Christian Moreni (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 58. Steven de Jongh (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites
 59. Carlo Marino Bianchi (Ita) Asics
 60. Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Telekom-ARD
 61. André Korff (Ger) Festina-Lotus
 62. Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
 63. Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Asics
 64. Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Festina-Lotus
 65. Steffen Blochwitz (Ger) Agro-Adler-Brandenburg
 66. Karl Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
 67. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi
 68. Sven Teutenberg (Ger) US Postal Service
 69. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service
 70. Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi
 71. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Française des Jeux
 72. Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 73. Diego Ferrari (Ita) Asics
 74. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Rabobank
 75. Christophe Bassons (Fra) Festina-Lotus
 76. Frederico Colonna (Ita) Asics
 77. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
 78. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Saeco-Cannondale
 79. Michel Vanhaecke (Bel) Ipso-Euroclean
 80. Bruno Cenghialta (Ita) Riso Scotti-MG
 81. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis
 82. Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 83. Andrea Brognara (Ita) Riso Scotti-MG
 84. Eddy Seigneur (Fra) GAN
 85. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 86. Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi
 87. Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Polti
 88. Franck Perque (Fra) La Française des Jeux
 89. Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Française des Jeux
 90. Brian Holm (Den) Home-Jack and Jones
 91. Mikael Holst Kyneb Denmark Home-Jack and Jones
 92. Wim Feys (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 93. Juris Silovs Latvia Home-Jack and Jones
 94. Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 95. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 96. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti
 97. Mirko Crepaldi (Ita) Team Polti
 98. Marco Milesi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 99. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
100. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne 
101. Davide Casarotto (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
102. Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites
103. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank
104. Geert Van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites
105. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
106. Ludwig Willems (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
107. Eros Poli (Ita) GAN 					11.00
108. Jan Hordijk (Ned) Tönissteiner-Colnago
109. Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx
110. Gregorz Gwiazdowski Poland Cofidis
111. Anton Villatoro (Gua) U.S. Postal Service
112. Tim Lenaers (Bel) Collstrop-Zeno Project
113. Alessio Bongioni (Ita) Asics
114. Inaki Barrenechea (Spa) Tönissteiner-Colnago
115. Michael Rich (Ger) Saeco-Cannondale
116. Olaf Pollack (Ger) Agro-Adler-Brandenburg
117. Bart Brentjens (Ned) Home Market-Ville de Charleroi
118. Francis Moreau (Fra) Cofidis
119. Christophe Capelle (Fra) Cofidis
120. Eric De Clercq (Bel) Collstrop-Zeno Project
121. Danny Daelman (Bel) Collstrop-Zeno Project
122. Martin Müller (Ger) Agro-Adler-Brandenburg
123. Christian Charrière (Swi) Riso Scotti-MG
124. Franky De Buyst (Bel) Tönissteiner-Colnago
125. Steven V. Malderghem (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
126. Koen Beeckman (Bel) Ipso-Euroclean
127. Peter Verbeken (Bel) Ipso-Euroclean
128. Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Scrigno-Gaerne
129. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
130. Christ Hendryckx (Bel) Collstrop-Zeno Project
131. Juan Llaneras (Spa) US Postal Service
132. Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Rabobank
133. Max van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank
134. Jürgen Vermeersch (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
135. Nico Renders (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx
136. Tom Desmet (Bel) Collstrop-Zeno Project
137. Jarno Vanfrachem (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx
138. Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Home Market-Ville de Charleroi
139. Anthony Rokia (Fra) Team Polti
140. Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Asics
141. Brian Dalgaard (Den) Spar-RDM 

Started 190
Finished 141
Thanks to my friend Dirk Ryelandt, Brugge for complete results

Hans' View of the Race

A long flight by Gerits and Vandromme ended about 35 km before the finish. Frankie Vandenbroucke attacked and was first on the top of the Kemmelberg, with Pieri in his wheel (speed 37.54 km/ph).

After the Kemmelberg a group of 33 riders (including Cipollini, Lombardi, Museeuw, Zabel, Vandenbroucke, Mattan, Ballerini, Bortolami, O'Grady, Desbiens, Sorensen, Ekimov, Blijlevens, Moncassin, Tafi) formed and had 41" on the peloton with 25 km to go.

With 20 km to go an attack by Nico Mattan. Group at 9"; peloton at 1'30".

With 14 km to go Lars Michaelsen and Frankie Vandenbroucke went to Mattan (group at 14"), so 2 Mapei and 1 TVM lead. Patrick Lefebre predicted on Belgian radio: "Vandenbroucke will win and Blijlevens will win the sprint of the group".

With 11 km to go: 20" for the 3 leaders.

With 9 km to go: 29" at the group.

With 6 km to go: 38" at the group.

Last 5 km several attacks by Mattan and Vandenbroucke; Michaelsen has to follow every time.

With 2 km After several attemps by the Mapei's, Vandenbroucke can attack and Lars can't follow anymore. No problem for Frankie anymore.

Scott Sunderland came in 11th after another strong performance.

Dirk Ryelandt reports

Our other on-the-spot reporter Dirk Ryelandt reports that Frank Vandenbroucke has won the 60th edition of Gent-Wevelgem. Mapei continued their domination of the early season with this 5th win. The team dominated this race with Mattan and Vandenbroucke up front being supported by their big hitting teammate Johan Museeuw and Andrea Tafi back in the bunch controlling any attempts to counter attacks.

The race was held up for a one minute silence for Rudy Dhaenens who died on Monday after a car accident on the way to his job as Eurosport commentator for the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

In the early stages there were two leaders: Gerits (Vlaanderen 2002) and Vandromme (Spar-RDM). There maximum advance was 8.30. Just before the 2nd climb of the Kemmelberg (18% and coblestones) they where caught by a group with Frank Vandenbroucke, Carlo Bomans, Dario Pieri included. The chase began when the Telekom team wanting to get Erik Zabel into a winning position took the gap seriously.

Over the climb a group of 33 riders with all the favourites like Zabel, Cipollini, Museeuw, Blijlevens, Van Petegem, Baldato broke away. The pace was furious after the Kemmelberg because of strong tail winds.With 20 km to go Nico Mattan escaped. Only one rider tried to counter attack: Lars Michaelsen from Denmark (winner in 95 and 4th in 96). Frank Vandenbroucke followed him and so with 10 kms to go there were 3 leaders. Then both Mattan and Vandenbroucke tried to escape but Michaelsen was vigilant until Vandenbroucke successfully got away in the streets of Wevelgem.

Vandenbroucke used the streets of Wevelgem to drop his two breakaway partners and finish 7 seconds ahead of Lars Michaelsen and Frank's best friend and teammate Nico Mattan. The main group finished half a minute later.

Complete Starting List

Mapei - Bricobi  

 1. Tom Steels (Bel)
 2. Johan Museeuw (Bel)
 3. Bart Leysen (Bel)
 4. Wilfried Peeters
 5. Andrea Tafi (Ita)
 6. Franco Ballerini (Ita)
 7. Nico Mattan (Bel)
 8. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)

11. Christophe Capelle (Fra)
12. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra)
13. Laurent Desbiens (Fra)
14. Francis Moreau (Fra)
15. Cyril Saugrain (Fra)
17. Samuel Plouhinec (Fra)
18. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol)


21. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)
22. Bruno Boscardin (Ita)
23. Sebastien Medan (Fra)
24. Christophe Bassons (Fra)
25. Laurent Lefevre (Fra)
26. Javier Hernandez (Spa)
27. Andre Korff (Ger)
28. Patrice Halgand (Fra)


31. Frederic Moncassin (Fra)
32. Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
33. Henk Vogels (Aus)
34. Cyril Bos (Fra)
35. Eros Poli (Ita)
36. Eddy Seigneur (Fra)
37. Arnaud Pretot (Fra)
38. Magnus Backstedt (Swe)

La Francaise des Jeux

41. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra)
42. Christophe Mengin (Fra)
43. Frederic Guesdon (Fra)
44. Patrick D'Hont (Bel)
45. Jimmy Casper (Fra)
46. Franck Percq (Fra)
48. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)


51. Rolf Sorensen (Den)
52. Max Van Heeswijck (Ned)
53. Robbie McEwen (Aus)
54. Marc Wauters (Bel)
56. Bert Hiemstra (Ned)
57. Aart Vierhouten (Ned)
58. Jans Koerts (Ned)


61. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned)
62. Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
63. Johan Capiot (Bel)
64. Servais Knaven (Ned)
65. Lars Michaelsen (Den)
66. Geert Van Bondt (Bel)
67. Steven De Jongh (Ned)
68. Hendrik Van Dyck (Bel)


71. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)
72. Leonardo Guidi (Ita)
73. Rossano Brasi (Ita)
74. Enrico Cassani (Ita)
75. Mirco Crepaldi (Ita)
76. Anthony Rokia (Fra)
77. Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
78. Cristian Salvato (Ita)


81. Alessio Bongioni (Ita)
82. Samuele Schiavina (Ita)
83. Fabio Roscioli (Ita)
85. Carlo Bianchi (Ita)
87. Federico Colonna (Ita)
88. Diego Ferrari (Ita)


91. Mario Cipollini (Ita)
92. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita)
93. Roberto Petito (Ita)
94. Mario Scirea (Ita)
95. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita)
96. Massimiliano Mori (Ita)
97. Pavel Padrnos (Tsj)
98. Michael Rich (Ger)

Riso Scotti

101. Fabio Baldato (Ita)
102. Stefano Casagranda (Ita)
103. Bruno Cenghialta (Ita)
104. Federico De Beni (Ita)
105. Michele Rezzani (Ita)
106. Andrea Brognara (Ita)
107. Riccardo Ferrari (Ita)
108. Christian Charriere (Swi)


111. Biagio Conte (Ita)
112. Davide Casarotto (Ita)
113. Dario Pieri (Ita)
114. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
115. Gabriele Balducci (Ita)
116. Gerrit Glomser (Aut)
118. Mirko Rossato (Ita)


121. Marco Milesi (Ita)
122. Marco Serpellini (Ita)
123. Simone Bertoletti (Ita)
124. Claudio Camin (Ita)
125. Daniele Contrini (Ita)
126. Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita)
127. Ellis Rastelli (Ita)
128. Cristian Moreni (Ita)


131. Erik Zabel (Ger)
132. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)
133. Jan Schaffrath (Ger)
134. Bert Dietz (Ger)
135. Dirk Baldinger (Ger)
136. Kai Hundertmarck (Ger)
137. Dirk Muller (Ger)
138. Steffen Wesemann (Ger)


141. Danilo Hondo (Ger)
142. Olaf Pollack (Ger)
143. Stephan Gottschling (Ger)
144. Martin Muller (Ger)
145. Ole Simensen (Den)
146. Arne Hohenstein (Ger)
147. Steffen Blockwitz (Ger)
148. Bert Grabsch (Ger)

US Postal

151. Juan Llaneras (Arg)
152. Frankie Andreu (USA)
153. George Hincapie (USA)
154. Christiaan Vandevelde (USA)
155. Anton Villatoro (Gua)
156. Vjatjseslav Ekimov (Rus)
157. Sven Teutenberg (Ger)

Jack and Jones

161. Brian Holm (Den)
162. Jesper Skibby (Den)
163. Danny Nelissen (Ned)
164. Arvin Piziks (Let)
165. Juris Silovs (Let)
166. Michael Kyneb (Den)
167. Michael Rosberg (Den)
168. Christiaan Andersen (Den)


171. Andrei Tchmil (Bel)
172. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel)
173. Wim Feys (Bel)
174. Mario Aerts (Bel)
175. Chris Peers (Bel)
176. Peter Farazijn (Bel)
177. Ludwig Willems (Bel)
178. Thierry Marichal (Bel)


181. Carlo Bomans (Bel)
182. Scott Sunderland (Aus)
183. Roger Hammond (GBr)
184. Hans De Clercq (Bel)
185. Jurgen Vermeersch (Bel)
186. Frank Hoj (Bel)
187. Karl Pauwels (Bel)
188. Steven Van Malderghem (Bel)


191. Tom Desmet (Bel)
192. Danny Baeyens (Bel)
193. Tony Bracke (Bel)
194. Danny Daelman (Bel)
195. Eric De Clercq (Bel)
196. Marc Chanoine (Bel)
197. Christ Hendryckx (Bel)
198. Tim Lenaers (Bel)


201. Hans Redant (Bel)
202. Koen Beeckman (Bel)
203. Andy De Smet (Bel)
204. Michel Vanhaecke (Bel)
205. Scholt Guyton (NZ)
206. Peter Verbeken (Bel)
207. Oleg Pankov (Rus)
208. Franky Van Haesebroucke (Bel)

Vlaanderen 2002

211. Wilfried Cretskens (Bel)
212. Bert Roesems (Bel)
213. Kristof Trouve (Bel)
214. Nico Renders (Bel)
215. Jarno Vanfrachem (Bel)
216. Johan Verstrepen (Bel)
217. Kris Gerits (Bel)
218. Karel Vereecke (Bel)

Home Market

221. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
222. Ronny Assez (Bel)
223. Romeo Hernandez (Bel)
224. Bart Brentjens (Ned)
225. Ludovic Capelle (Bel)
226. Gregory Schoelens (Bel)
227. Sebastien Demarbaix (Bel)
228. Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel)


231. Hans Demeester (Bel)
232. Franky Debuyst (Bel)
233. Nicolas Coudray (Swi)
234. Jan Hordijk (Ned)
235. Rino Deraedt (Bel)
236. Paul Herygers (Bel)
237. Cees Hopmans (Ned)
238. Inaki Barranechea (Spa)


241. Wim Omloop (Bel)
242. Michel Cornelisse (Ned)
243. Brian Dalgaard (Den)
244. Geert Omloop (Bel)
245. Rik Van Slycke (Bel)
247. Rik Claeys (Bel)
248. Werner Vandromme (Bel)

Past Winners

1934	Gustave Van Belle (Bel)
1935	Albert Debreitere (Bel)
1936	Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel)
1937	Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel)
1938	Hubert Godart (Bel)
1939	André Declerck (Bel)
1945	Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel)
1946	Ernest Sterckx (Bel)
1947	Maurice Desempelaere (Bel)
1948	Valeré Ollivier (Bel)
1949	Marcel Kint (Bel)
1950	Alberic Schotte (Bel)
1951	André Rossel (Bel)
1952	Raymond Impanis (Bel)
1953	Raymond Impanis (Bel)
1954	Rolf Graf (Sui)
1955	Alberic Schotte (Bel)
1956	Rik Van Looy (Bel)
1957	Rik Van Looy (Bel)
1958	Noél Fore (Bel)
1959	Leon Van Daele (Bel)
1960	Frans Aerenhouts (Bel)
1961	Frans Aerenhouts (Bel)
1962	Rik Van Looy (Bel)
1963	Benoni Beheyt (Bel)
1964	Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1965	Noél De Pauw (Bel)
1966	Herman Vanspringel (Bel)
1967	Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1968	Walter Godefroot (Bel)
1969	Willy Vekenmans (Bel)
1970	Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1971	Georges Pintens (Bel)
1972	Roger Swerts (Bel)
1973	Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1974	Barry Hoban (GB)
1975	Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1976	Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1977	Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1978	Ferdinand Van den Haute (Bel)
1979	Francesco Moser (Ita)
1980	Henk Lubberding (Hol)
1981	Jan Raas (Hol)
1982	Frank Hoste (Bel)
1983	Teun Van Vliet (Hol)
1984	Guido Bontempi (Ita)
1985	Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1986	Guido Bontempi (Ita)
1987	Teun Van Vliet (Hol)
1988	Sean Kelly (Irl)
1989	Gerrit Solleveld (Hol)
1990	Herman Frison (Bel)
1991	Djamolidine Abduschaparov (Usb)
1992	Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1993	Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1994	Wilfried Peeters (Bel)
1995	Lars Michaelsen (Dän)
1996	Tom Steels (Bel)
1997	Philippe Gaumont (Fra)
1998	?
My friend Mario Stiehl from Berlin provides the history lists