Gent-Wevelgem 2023: Key information on the route and startlist

Taking a closer look at the route for both the men's and women's editions of the race

Biniam Girmay wins Gent-Wevelgem 2022
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The 2023 edition of the men's Gent-Wevelgem will keep to its usual format of starting in the town of Ypres, under the Menin Gate.

The Menin Gate is a huge stone memorial to the victims of the First World War, in particular those who lost their lives in the third battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele. At 260.9 kilometres, the route is slightly shorter than last year's edition which was won by Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Circus Wanty).

Once the race has got underway in Ypres, the riders will head out on the usual loop, passing various large First World War cemeteries as they travel out to West Flanders.  As they circle back inland, the peloton will face a series of climbs around the area of Mesen before the final tough phase of racing.

The final 120 kilometres of the day feature a series of tough cobbled climbs including the infamous Kemmelberg.

Once the riders have crested the Kemmelberg, they face a relatively flat run in towards the town of Wevelgem. Typically, the race is decided on the Kemmelberg, with a select group of riders then emerging into town for a reduced sprint to the line.

Gent-Wevelgem 2023 route

(Image credit: Flanders Classics)

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