The next big Belgian Classic is here as Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 gets underway this weekend.
This year’s edition of the Flemish one-day race, which features both women’s and men’s races, is expected to feature some of the biggest riders in the world, as the unpredictable race can suit a huge range of abilities.
Taking place on Sunday, March 28, Ghent-Wevelgem is a historic race that dates back to 1934.
The race, officially called Ghent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, commemorates the lives lost in the First World War.
Since its inception, the race has developed a reputation as a sprinter’s Classic, with Jolien D’Hoore (SD Worx) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) winning last year’s editions.
Other former winners include Kirsten Wild (Ceratizit-WNT), Marta Bastianelli (Ale BTC Ljubljana), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) in 2019, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) the year before, and Tom Boonen on three occasions.
This year’s race is expected to see D’Hoore, Bastianelli, Pedersen return, along with in-form sprinter Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Belgian star Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
Here’s how to watch the 2021 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem:
How to watch Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 in the UK
Despite some uncertainty about the live broadcast of the race in the UK, GCN+ (opens in new tab) and Eurosport have now both confirmed they will be showing the action as it happens on Sunday.
Earlier this year, news emerged that the sister broadcasters had not been able to obtain rights to air a number of prestigious cobbled races from race organiser Flanders Classics, including Ghent-Wevelgem.
But three days before the race, Eurosport and GCN announced the race would be shown on their platforms, GCN+ and Eurosport Player. (opens in new tab)
Coverage of the men’s race race starts live on GCN+ at midday and runs until 6.20pm, while Eurosport’s coverage starts at 12.30pm until 3.45pm.
The women’s race will be live on GCN+ from 3.45pm until 6pm, and on Eurosport Player at the same time.
To gain access to Eurosport coverage you can subscribe to the Eurosport Player app for £39.99 a year or £6.99 per month.
Access to the GCN+ costs £39.99 a year.
Not in the UK for Ghent-Wevelgem 2021? No worries – just download and install a VPN (opens in new tab) and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.
How to live stream Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 when you’re not in your country
If you’re heading abroad during the racing –whether that be inside the UK or anywhere else – you may find access to your favourite home broadcaster is restricted by location. Luckily there is a way you can keep watching anyway – downloading and installing a VPN, which allows you to trick your computer into thinking it’s back at home. This allows you to find your native broadcaster coverage without having to resort to an illegal steam, as long as you stick to the terms and conditions set out by the broadcaster.
Setting up a VPN is simple – just download, install (opens in new tab), open the app and select your location.
Try out ExpressVPN for its speed, security and simplicity to use. We also like that it’s compatible with so many devices and streaming services (e.g. Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, etc).
There are other great options out there of course, but Express VPN gives you the added benefit of a 30-day money back guarantee and three months free with a yearly plan.
Live Stream Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 in the US, Canada and Australia
In the US, FloBikes (opens in new tab) will be showing the action live, as well as in Canada and Australia.
Coverage of the men’s race will start from 7.30am (EST) and finish at 10.45am, followed by the women’s race from 10.45am to 12.45am.
How to watch Ghent-Wevelgem 2021 in Belgium
The men’s race will be live in Belgium on RTBF and Sporza from 1.30pm CET, while the women’s race will be aired from 4.45pm on the same channels.
GCN+ will also be showing the racing live, on demand, and with highlights in Belgium.
Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
Skip the gatorade, nonalcoholic beer may be as good as, or even better than, sports drinks
Dry January may be over but you may want to keep stocking those nonalcoholic beers — for fitness sake.
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
Rider hangs from bridge after huge pile-up at Etoile de Bessèges, stage neutralised
Valentin Ferron escapes with minor injuries as others taken to hospital
By Vern Pitt • Published