Roger Hammond Ghent-Wevelgem

The organisers of Ghent-Wevelgem have announced that the route of the mid-week Classic will be changed this year. Following the numerous accidents of 2007 on the descent of the Mont Kemmel, the climb will be tackled the other way round.

40 kilometres from the finish and tackled twice, traditionally the Kemmel plays a decisive role in the race - in 2007 it served as the springboard for eventual winner Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile, now Team High Road) to move across to a break containing British team-mate Roger Hammond. After one of the most epic finales to Ghent-Wevelgem in recent history, the two finished first and second, outwitting and outsprinting no less a star than three-times World Champion Oscar Freire as well as a Quick Step driven bunch.

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