1996 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-GB 1995 Lars Michaelsen (Den) 1994 Wilfried Peeters (Bel) 1993 Mario Cipollini (Ita) 1992* Mario Cipollini (Ita) 1991 Djamolidine Abdujaparov (Uzb) 1990 Herman Frison (Bel) 1989 Gerrit Solleveld (Ned) 1988 Sean Kelly (Irl) 1987 Teun Van Vliet (Ned) 1984 Guido Bontempi (Ita) 1983 Leo Van Vliet (Ned) 1982 Frank Hoste (Bel) 1981 Jan Raas (Ned) 1980 Henk Lubberding (Ned) 1979 Francesco Moser (Ita) 1978 Ferdi Van Den Haute (Bel) 1977 Bernard Hinault (F) 1976 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1975 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1974 Barry Hoban (Eng) 1973 Eddy Merckx (Bel) 1972* Roger Swerts (Bel) 1971 Georges Pintens (Bel) 1970 Eddy Merckx (Bel) 1969 Willy Vekemans (Bel) 1968 Walter Godefroot (Bel) 1967 Eddy Merckx (Bel) 1966 Herman Van Springel (Bel) 1965 Noel De Pauw (Bel) 1964 Benoni Beheyt (Bel) 1962 Rik Van Looy (Bel) 1961 Frans Aerenhouts (Bel) 1960 Frans Aerenhouts (Bel) 1959 Leon Van Daele (Bel) 1958 Noel Fore (Bel) 1957 Rik Van Looy (Bel) 1956 Rik Van Looy (Bel) 1955 Briek Schotte (Bel) 1954 Rolf Graf (Sch) 1953 Raymond Impanis (Bel) 1952 Raymond Impanis (Bel) 1951 Andre Rosseel (Bel) 1950 Briek Schotte (Bel) 1949 Marcel Kint (Bel) 1948 Valere Ollivier (Bel) 1947 Maurice Desimpelaere (Bel) 1946 Ernest Sterckx (Bel) 1945 Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel) 1939 Andre Declerck (Bel) 1938 Hubert Godart (Bel) 1937 Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel) 1936 Robert Van Eenaeme (Bel) 1935 Albert Depreitre (Bel) 1934 Gustave Van Belle (Bel) 1992* Djamolidine Abdujaparov disqualified 1972* Frans Verbeeck disqualified
1. Philippe Gaumont (France) Cofidis 4.45.00 2. Andrei Tchmil (Ukraine) Lotto 3. Johan Capiot (Belgium) TVM 4. Sergei Outchakov (Ukraine) Polti 5. Andrea Ferrigato (Italy) Roslotto 6. Henk Vogels (Australia) GAN 7. Stuart O'Grady (Australia) GAN 8. Fabrizio Guidi (Italy) Srigno 9. Johan Museeuw (Belgium) Mapei GB 10. Giuseppe Calcaterra (Italy) Saeco 11. Cyril Saugrain (France) Cofidis 12. Felice Puttini (Italy) Refin 13. Mario Scirea (Italy) Saeco 14. Marc Wauters (Belgium) Lotto 15. Paolo Fornaciari (Italy) Saeco all same time 16. Peter Van Petegem (Bel) TVM 17. Davide Casarotto (Ita) Scrigno 18. Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Polti 19. Ludwig Willems (Bel) Lotto all s.t. 20. Dario Pieri (Ita) Scrigno + 2.15 21. Jacky Durand (Fra) Casino 22. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat 23. Rob McEwen (Aus) Rabobank 24. Danny Daelman (Bel) Palmans 25. Tom Desmet (Bel) Collstrop 26. Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Brescialat 27. Peter Spaenhoven (Bel) Palmans 28. Nicola Loda (Ita) MG 29. Ludo Dierickxens (Bel) Tonissteiner-Saxon 30. Enrico Cassani (Ita) 31. Rik Van Slycke (Bel) RDM all s.t 72. Frederic Moncassin (Fra) 74. Brian Holm (Den) all s.t. 84. Frank Hoj (Den) 3:41 92. Erik Zabel (Ger) 109. Jesper Skibby (Den) 10:22 121. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) 12:46 132. Matthew Gilmore (Aus) 144. Frankie Andreu (USA) all s.t.
Ukrainian Andrei Tchmil was second and Belgian Johan Capiot third.
``I kept some reserves...until 300 metres from the finish and then went flat out,'' Gaumont told Eurosport/21 television.
He said he was now confident of doing well in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix World Cup race.
``I was 22nd last year because I did not really know all the course. This year I have a better feeling about it. It would be too big-headed to say I expect to win but I'll put in a strong showing,'' he said.
Wednesday's race ended with a sprint after attempts by world champion Johan Museeuw to break up the field in the hilly Kemmelberg section of the race succeeded only in splitting the pack into a large and small group.
The final 50-km section on the flat saw riders adopt cat-and-mouse tactics with each attack quickly closed down.
About Philippe Gaumont (Cofidis)Last season (with Gan) he won Vierdaagse van Duinkerken and the Tour of Oise. Later he was out of business for one month after using Nandrolon. Gaumont will start next Sunday in Paris-Roubaix .
Other CommentsPeter van Petegem: 'My legs were super; but i couln't finish the job. The finish-line was a little too far for me'.
The Lotto-team had three riders in front of the course: Andrei Tchmil, Ludwig Willems and Marc Wauters. Willem: 'It's a pity that Tchmil couldn't clear it.'
Johan Museeuw was alone in the final. After the finish of Gent-Wevelgem the Mapei-team trained for Paris-Roubaix.
More ReportsPhilippe Gaumont has returned from hell. The Frenchman has conquered Gent-Wevelgem with a long sprint. In 1996, Gaumont was caught three times by the anti-doping control: positive for anabolic steroids His case was parallel to that of Desbiens, Durand and Laurent and he was at the center of a big discussion. His team Gan, didn't allow him to race and the French Cycling Federation suspended him for six months. But in the middle of so many other doping cases by cyclists, Gaumont surprised everyone by serenely relatinh what had happened. He pointed out doctor Patrick Nedelec, as the one responsible for the anabolic steroid. He was one of the few guilty ones to confess. "I have said exactly how things went in order to satisfy my conscience. I have faced up to the situation and I have paid more than all the others. Now I have nothing more to be forgiven about".
Yesterday, however, Philippe Gaumont won in big sprint, without being apt for the sprint. The 24 year old Frenchman from Piccardia, was launched well by his teammate Cyril Saugrain and took off at 400 meters, resisting the return of Tchmil and Capiot. Gaumont races with Cofidis of Guimard, close to Fondriest and Rominger: "Two extraordinary captains, two examples for the young riders", says the Frenchman.
The race had been, once more, uncontrollable. The first part of the race was characterized by a long escape by Belgian Karl Pauwels, who gained as much as a 2'05" advantage before the double crossing over Mount Kemmel. On the attack was also Johan Museeuw, the champion of the world who took care of 'selecting' the group at the first passage and then sifted the rest on the second, when he answered an attack by Axel Merckx. Things changed on the Flemish race and Johan Museeuw found himself without teammates in a small group of 19, amongst which were: Fabrizio Guidi, Tchmil, Van Petegem, Casarotto, Ferrigato, Fornaciari, Scirea and Calcaterra. The chase behind was led by Telekom and by Aki-Safi and were about to catch up with them when Zabel had a flat and that made the Telekom train stop. Also in the secodn group, was Mario Cipollini, who despite a fall, looked like he was having a good day.