Oscar Freire became the first Spaniard to ever win Ghent-Wevelgem yesterday. We take a look back at an eventful edition of the race in pictures.
All photos by Luc Claessen/ISPA
Unusually fine weather made for a speedy edition of Ghent-Wevelgem
Ermanno Capelli’s long, lone break shaped much of the day’s action
Filippo Pozzato (l) and Matti Breschel jumped away from the main bunch to chase Capelli
Tom Boonen on the Kemmelberg: a lot of effort, but it wasn’t to be Tornado Tom’s day
Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder lead the charge up the Kemmelberg
Philippe Gilbert (l) bridged the gap to Pozzato and Breschel, only for Breschel to puncture. Later Gilbert and Pozzato caught Capelli, but were swallowed up by the main group with 25km to go
Kurt Asle Arvesen (pictured) launched a late attack with Martin Elmiger, but was reeled in by a bunch powered by the sprinters’ lead-out men
A chaotic final sprint saw Oscar Freire emerge victorious. British sprint star Mark Cavendish got caught up in the scrap and finished 17th
Ghent-Wevelgem 2008 podium (l-r): Aurelien Clerc (2nd), Oscar Freire (winner), Wouter Weylandt (3rd)
Race report: Freire wins Ghent-Wevelgem
Cavendish disappointed after chaotic Ghent-Wevelgem finale
Will ‘safer’ descent cut down crashes?
Cycling Weekly Classic from the archive: How Barry Hoban won 1974 Ghent-Wevelgem