Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 start list

List of riders taking part in the 2021 Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday, March 28

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Groupama-FDJ

GENIETS Kevin

KÜNG Stefan

DÉMARE Arnaud

LE GAC Olivier

LIENHARD Fabian

LUDVIGSSON Tobias

SINKELDAM Ramon

Trek-Segafredo 

VAN DIJK Ellen

DEIGNAN Lizzie

LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa

DIDERIKSEN Amalie

WINDER Ruth

WORRACK Trixi

Other big-name sprinters in the start line include Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix).

AG2R Citroën Team

NAESEN Oliver

VAN AVERMAET Greg

SARREAU Marc

DEWULF Stan

SCHÄR Michael

VAN HOUCKE Gijs

TOUZÉ Damien

Team Jumbo-Visma

VAN AERT Wout

AFFINI Edorado

VAN EMDEN Jos

WYNANTS Maarten

EENKHOORN Pascal

ROOSEN Timo

VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

VIVIANI Elia

CONSONNI Simone

ALLEGAERT Piet

LAPORTE Christophe

WALLAYS Jelle

SABATINI Fabio

DRUCKER Jempy

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

KITCHEN Lauren

FAHLIN Emilia

BORGLI Stine

CAVALLI Marta

DUVAL Eugénie

GROSSETÊTE Maëlle

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

STEPHENS Lauren

FAULKNER Kristen

DIXON Leah

PEÑUELA Diana

ERATH Tanja

BUURMAN Eva

Arguably the main favourite is the 2020 Milan-Sanremo winner and multiple Tour de France stage winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who returns to action to face Van der Poel, in 2020 the two rivals cancelled each other out by following each other's wheel and letting the others go ahead.

Lotto-Soudal

DEGENKOLB John

GILBERT Philippe

FRISON Frederick

VERMEERSCH Florian

OLDANI Stefano

VAN DER SANDE Tosh

DE BUYST Jasper

Bahrain Victorious

SIEBERG Marcel

COLBRELLI Sonny

BAUHAUS Phil

FENG Chun Kai

HAUSSLER Heinrich

HALLER Marco

MILAN Jonathan

One name that will be worth watching out for is former cyclo-cross world champion, Ceylin Alvarado who will be riding for the Ciclismo Mundial team alongside fellow CX star Sanne Cant.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

PASQUALON Andrea

DE GENDT Aimé

VLIEGEN Loïc

VAN POPPEL Danny

VAN POPPEL Boy

KREDER Wesley

VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter

Ineos Grenadiers

VAN BAARLE Dylan

BASSO Leonardo

DOULL Owain

GOŁAŚ Michał

NARVÁEZ Jhonatan

Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles

DUPONT Timothy

WIRTGEN Tom

PAASSCHENS Mathijs

REX Laurenz

ROBEET Ludovic

SUTER Joel

VALLÉE Boris

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

WILD Kirsten

BRENNAUER Lisa

LETH Julie

RIJKES Sarah

CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia

LACH Julie

Movistar Team

NORSGAARD Emma

GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla

GONZÁLEZ Alicia

BIANNIC Aude

ERIĆ Jelena

GUARISCHI Barbara

Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team

DE JONG Thalita

RATTO Rossella

DE JONG Demi

BEX Nathalie

JONGERIUS Claudia

DRUYTS Lenny

Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur

CHRISTMAS Dani

PENTON Sara

VAN 'T GELOOF Marjolein

MARTINS Maria

MOBERG Emilie

VAN DER DUIN Maike

Valcar-Travel & Service

BALSAMO Elisa

CONSONNI Chiara

PIRRONE Elena

SANGUINETI Ilaria

GUAZZINI Vittoria

PERSICO Silvia

Trek-Segafredo

MOSCHETTI Matteo

PEDERSEN Mads

STUYVEN Jasper

THEUNS Edward

KIRSCH Alex

SIMMONS Quinna

MULLEN Ryan

Deceuninck - Quick-Step

BENNETT Sam

LAMPAERT Yves

SÉNÉCHAL Florian

BALLERINI Davide

STEELS Stijn

ŠTYBAR Zdenek

VAN LERBERGHE Bert

Team DSM

DENZ Nico

BOL Cees

EEKHOFF Nils

SÜTTERLIN Jasha

KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren

ARNDT Nikias

PEDERSEN Casper

Liv Racing

KOPECKY Lotte

KOREVAAR Jeanne

PALADIN Soraya

BERTIZZOLO Sofia

JACKSON Alison

In the women's race there is a focus on the sprinters with defending champion Jolien D'Hoore (SD Worx) ready to defend her title against the likes of Kirsten Wild (Ceratizit-WNT), Marta Bastianelli (Alé-BTC-Ljubljana), Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) and Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) are ready for a dash to the line.

UAE Team Emirates

GAVIRIA Fernando

BYSTRØM Sven Erik

KRISTOFF Alexander

BJERG Mikkel

TRENTIN Matteo

OLIVEIRA Ivo

RICHEZE Max

Total Direct Energie

TERPSTRA Niki

VAN GESTEL Dries

LAWLESS Chris

BOASSON HAGEN Edvald

PETIT Adrien

SOUPE Geoffrey

TURGIS Anthony

Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 women's start list

Team BikeExchange

BROWN Grace

CAMPBELL Teniel

ROBERTS Jessica

ALLEN Jessica

FIDANZA Arianna

ROY Sarah

Multum Accountants-LSK Ladies Cycling Team

DEFOUR Lara

DELBAERE Fien

VAN HOUTUM Céline

WATERREUS Kylie

BADERGRUBER Anna

DUYCK Ann-Sophie

Team Coop-Hitec Products

ANDERSON Maroline

OLSEN Ann Helen

GASKJENN Ingvild

GJØS Martine

KRÖGER Mieke

RIFFEL Christa

But if the race breaks up on the cobbles then other big names are, Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) who has a very strong team around her with Elisa Longo-Borghini, Ellen van Dijk and Amalie Dideriksen all in the team.

Bora-Hansgrohe

ACKERMANN Pascal

OSS Daniel

BURGHARDT Marcus

PÖSTLBERGER Lukas

SCHWARZMANN Michael

SELIG Rüdiger

Lotto Soudal Ladies

BRAAM Danique

CASTRIQUE Alana

PARKINSON Abby-Mae

PLICHTA Anna

NILSSON Hanna

VANDENBULKE Jesse

Team Rupelcleaning

GRÖNDAHL Antonia

SHARPE Alice

GRIFFIN Mia

MURPHY Kelly

BETZ Svenja

VAN DE VEL Sara

Here are the men's and women's start lists...

Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 men's start list

EF Education-Nippo

BETTIOL Alberto

KEUKELEIRE Jens

LANGEVELD Sebastian

BISSEGGER Stefan

VAN DEN BERG Julius

SD Worx

D'HOORE Jolien

CECCHINI Elena

MAJERUS Christine

PIETERS Amy

FOURNIER Roxane

UNEKEN Lonneke

Parkhotel Valkenburg

BREDEWOLD Mischa

BUYSMAN Nina

RAAIJMAKERS Marit

GERRITSE Femke

NOOIJEN Lieke

VAN DER HULST Amber

The men's field includes defending champion, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) who will be hoping to become the first Dane to win the race twice.

Plantur-Pura

ALVARADO Ceylin

CANT Sanne

BAKKER Manon

VAN ALPHEN Laura

KASTELIJN Yara

SÜßEMILICH Laura

The cobbled Classics continue with Ghent-Wevelgem being the next race that goes over the rough stuff in Belgium in 2021 with the race taking place on Sunday (March 28).

Given the relatively flat finish to the race, teams often allocate leadership to two riders: a Classics specialist and a sprinter. The Classics riders are there if the race splits up due to cobbles, climbs or crosswinds, and the sprinters are present to contest a mass finish should the peloton stay together.

Grace Brown (BikeExchange) will be confident coming into this race with a very strong display at Nokere Koerse where she finished behind former European champion, Amy Pieters (SD Worx).

A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team

SIERRA Arlenis

NOVOLODSKAIA Maria

SALAZAR Lizbeth Yareli

TEOLIS Jade

RAGUSA Katia

SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria

One of the biggest threats to the former world champion is the current Dutch champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), who is coming to the race off the back of some amazing performances at Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico, as well as a top ten at Milan-Sanremo.

Team BikeExchange

MEZGEC Luka

GROVES Kaden

DURBRIDGE Luke

KONYCHEV Alexander

BAUER Jack

JANSEN Amund Grøndahl

STANNARD Robert

Movistar Team

CULLAIGH Gabriel

GARCÍA CORTINA Iván

MAS Lluís

HOLLMANN Juri

MORA Sebastián

ERVITI Imanol

JACOBS Johan

Team Qhubeka-Assos

NIZZOLO Giacomo

CLAEYS Dimitri

GOGL Michael

STOKBRO Andreas

WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz

WALSCHEID Max

VINJEBO Emil

Canyon-SRAM Racing

BARNES Hannah

BARNES Alice

AMIALIUSIK Alena

CHABBEY Elise

KLEIN Lisa

NIEWIADOMA Kasia

Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport

SCHWEINBERGER Kathrin

SCHWEINBERGER Christina

STEIGENGA Nicole

BERTEAU Victoire

KULYNCH Olha

VAN VELZEN Bryony

Alpecin-Fenix

VAN DER POEL Mathieu

DE BONDT Dries

VERMEERSCH Gianni

MERLIER Tim

RICKAERT Jonas

PHILIPSEN Jasper

THWAITES Scott

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

VAN DEN BOSSCHE Fabio

VAN ROOY Kenneth

GHYS Robbe

WARLOP Jordi

BEULLENS Cédric

MARIT Arne

WILLEMS Thimo

Team Jumbo-Visma Women

VOS Marianne

HENDERSON Anna

KASPER Romy

MATHIESEN Pernille

VAN DER BURG Nancy

MARKUS Riejanne

Mads Pedersen wins the 2020 Ghent-Wevelgem (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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Other notable names are Christine Majerus (SD Worx), Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT), Liane Lippert (Team DSM), Marlen Reusser (Alé-BTC-Ljubljana), Alice and Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service).

B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM

DEBUSSCHERE Jens

VAN GENECHTEN Jonas

BACKAERT Frederick

DE BACKER Bert

LECROQ Jérémy

COQUARD Bryan

BARTHE Cyril

BTC City Ljubljana

BASTIANELLI Marta

REUSSER Marlen

BUJAK Eugenia

TREVISI Anna

GUDERZO Tatiana

CHURSINA Anastasiia

Astana-Premier Tech

FEDOROV Yevgeniy

MARTINELLI Davide

ZAKHAROV Artyom

GIDICH Yevgeniy

GRUZDEV Dmitriy

HOULE Hugo

PERRY Benjamin

Israel Start-Up Nation

VANMARKE Sep

GREIPEL André

WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads

VAN ASBROECK Tom

RENARD Alexis

ZABEL Rick

VAHTRA Norman

Team DSM

WIEBES Lorena

MACKAIJ Floortje

KIRSCHMANN Leah

LIPPERT Liane

ANDERSEN Susanne

KOCH Franziska

NXTG Racing

BORGSTRÖM Julia

AMMERLAAN Rozemarijn

KNAVEN Britt

BOSSUYT Shari

HOOLWERF Cathalijne

DE ZOETE Mylene