Belgium – Argos-Shimano rider Kirsten Wild posted another big win in Belgium over the weekend, winning Gent-Wevelgem on her Felt F1 team bike. It was the second win of the week for the Dutch sprinter—she also won the Dwars door Vlaanderen race on Wednesday.
Wild and the rest of the field faced cold temperatures, cobblestone sections, and the famed Kemmelberg climb in the 112km race. The crosswinds played a major role in the outcome of the race, with the peloton splitting into echelons throughout the day.
Wild and her teammate Amy Pieters made the day’s first breakaway. There were a flurry of attacks in the hills leading up to the finish, but in the end it came down to a sprint. Once again, Wild showed her speed, beating Sanne van Paassen (second) and Kelly Druyts (third) to the line.
“It was another very cold race,” Wild said after her win. “It was a tough race with lots of action, and already quite soon in the race Amy [Pieters] and I were in the first group. During the hill zone I felt strong and decided to attack, which resulted in a new break. In the finale I thought the break that Amy was in would sprint for the win, but after we caught them it was up to me. I still had enough left to sprint and take the win.”
Next week the Argos-Shimano team takes on the Ronde van Vlaanderen.