Gent-Wevelgem – The Classic Photo Gallery

Gent-Wevelgem – The Classic Photo Gallery

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PeloPics: Gent-Wevelgem is this Sunday, and we have rummaged through the Cor Vos archive and put together this collection of the best Wevelgem photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Wevelgem race might be the poor cousin of the Ronde van Vlaanderen with less muurs and cobbles, but it always had a worthy winner. It used to be thought of as a sprinters race, but looking back there have been more solo and sprints from a small group to sort out the victory.

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - archief - archive - stock  - Andre Dierickx en Frans Verbeeck in de finale van Gent - Wevelgem - foto Cor Vos ©2008
Andre Dierickx and Frans Verbeeck were two hard men, if Merckx, Maertens and De Vlaeminck hadn’t been around they would have won so much more

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - archief - archive - stock  - Freddy Maertens wint Gent - Wevelgem - foto /Cor Vos ©2008
Freddy Maertens won in Wevelgem in 1975 and 1976. He took some big scalps in ’75: Frans Verbeeck, Rik Van Linden, Gerben Karstens, Marc Demeyer, Eddy Merckx, André Dierickx, Francesco Moser, Roger Swerts and Michel Pollentier

Hoogvliet - archive - archief - stock  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Hennie Kuiper - Gent - Wevelgem - Kemmelberg - foto Cor Vos ©2008
World champion Hennie Kuiper was on the attack in Gent-Wevelgem 1976, although in the end he didn’t finish

Wevelgem-wielrennen-cycling-cyclisme-archief-archive-stockphoto- Bernard Hinault wint Gent-Wevelgem 1977 - foto Cor Vos ©1977
After nearly 7 hours Bernard Hinault (Gitane-Campagnolo) won his first Classic – 1977 Gent-Wevelgem. Vittorio Algeri (G.B.C.) was second at 1:24

Gent - Belgie-wielrennen-cycling-cyclisme -stock-archief-archive div jaartallen Gent-Wevelgem volgwagen anno 1977-foto Cor Vos ©1980
The team cars looked a bit different in the 70’s. Walter Planckaert was second for C&A in 1978

Hoogvliet - archive - archief - stock  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Gent - Wevelgem - motard Joop Zijlaard kou sneeuw ijzel Kemmelberg - foto Cor Vos ©2008
Famous derny rider, Joop Zijlaard also rode a moto and liked snow sculptures on his helmet

Hoogvliet - Gent - Wevelgem - Sean Kelly, Frank Hoste and Gregor Braun dismount their bikes as they run up the Kemmelberg during the 1982 edition of the race. The Kemmelberg starts at around 8% and then goes to over 20% towards the top- Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Sean Kelly, Frank Hoste and Gregor Braun dismount their bikes as they run up the Kemmelberg during the 1982 edition of the race. The Kemmelberg starts at around 8% and then goes to over 20% towards the top

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Gent - Wevelgem -  Gregor Braun of Germany put in a brilliant solo effort over the final 35 kilometers of the 1982 race. Unfortunately, the brilliant effort by Braun would not be enough to secure the winhe would end up finishing in 10th place - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Gregor Braun of Germany put in a brilliant solo effort over the final 35 kilometers of the 1982 race. Unfortunately, the brilliant effort by Braun would not be enough to secure the win, he would end up finishing in 10th place

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Gent - Wevelgem - Johan Lammerts ont the second  Kemmelberg climb  - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Johan Lammerts on the second climb of the Kemmelberg

Gent-Wevelgem. Foto ©Cor Vos
Gent-Wevelgem takes in the Flemish villages

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Gent - Wevelgem - The 1985 Gent-Wevelgem was just barely won by Eric Vanderaerden, over Phil Anderson. The margin of victory was 5cm. He would also win the Tour of Flanders in 1985. Vanderaerden had many major wins during his carrer including  five stages the the 1986 Tour de France, along with the maillot vert that year  - foto Cor Vos ©2012
The 1985 Gent-Wevelgem was just barely won by Eric Vanderaerden, over teammate Phil Anderson. The margin of victory was 5cm. He would also win the Tour of Flanders in 1985. Vanderaerden had many major wins during his carrer including five stages the the 1986 Tour de France, along with the maillot vert that year

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Dag Otto Lauritzen pictured during Gent - Wevelgem -   - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Dag Otto Lauritzen going solo in ’88, he finished in 17th place

Hoogvliet - Gent - Wevelgem -  left Stefan Mutter and Phil Anderson - Fons De Wolf grits his teeth as he accelerates up the Kemmelberg. The Belgian would round out the podium during the 1982 race. De Wolf was considered by many to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. He would secure many wins throughout his career including winning the 1980 Giro di Lombardia and the 1981 Milan-San Remo. After retiring from cycling in 1990, he became a funeral director in Breendonk  - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Stefan Mutter and Phil Anderson ahead of Fons De Wolf on the Kemmelberg in ’88. De Wolf was considered by many to be the successor to Eddy Merckx. He would secure many wins throughout his career including winning the 1980 Giro di Lombardia and the 1981 Milan-San Remo. After retiring from cycling in 1990, he became a funeral director in Breendonk

Hoogvliet - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Gent - Wevelgem - Sean Kelly at the top of the Kemmelberg. The Irish-mans effort would not be rewarded with the win during the 1982 race. 1982 would be a great year for Kelly and the beginning of a series of maillot vert Tour de France victories. He would secure the maillot vert in 1982, 1982, 1985, and 1989  - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Sean Kelly at the top of the Kemmelberg. The Irishman’s effort would be rewarded with the win in the 1988 race

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie start  Archief - Stock - archives Gent - Wevelgem 1991  - photo Cor Vos © 2016
In 1991 the race still started in Gent, the riders leaving ‘t Kuipke velodrome

Gent-Wevelgem, foto Cor Vos ©2002 Sfeer peloton
Those cross-winds cause echelons

Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Frankie Andreu  pictured during Gent - Wevelgem 1992 archive - photo Cor Vos © 2016
Frankie Andreu in 1992

Hoogvliet - Archief - archive - stock - Mario Cipollini - Gent - Wevelgem - foto /Cor Vos ©1993
1993 winner Mario Cipolini beat a bunch of 46 riders. Eric Vanderaerden (Wordperfect) was second, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Lampre-Polti) third and Frédéric Moncassin (Wordperfect) was fourth

Wevelgem - Belgium  - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Ludwig WILLEMS pictured during Gent - Wevelgem 1994  - foto: Cor Vos © 017
Ludwig Willems worked hard for his GB-MG Magnificio teammate Wilfried Peeters

Wevelgem - Belgium  - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Kemmelberg  pictured during Gent - Wevelgem 1994  - foto: Cor Vos © 017
The Kemmelberg

Wevelgem - Belgium  - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Franco BALLERINI - Wilfried PEETERS  pictured during Gent - Wevelgem 1994  - foto: Cor Vos © 017
1994 was a close battle between Wilfried Peeters (GB-MG Maglificio) and Franco Ballerini (Mapei-Clas), Johan Museeuw (GB-MG Maglificio) was third at the head of a group of eight chasers

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - illustration - sfeer - illustratie  Archief - Stock - archives Gent - Wevelgem 1991  - photo Cor Vos © 2016
Knesselare in East Flanders, most of the 8,000 people who live there would have be roadside

Hoogvliet - Edwig van Hooydonck passing by the picturesque Mont Cassel in 1995. Hooydonck put in a long effort, explaining that he was testing his legs for Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, which he would not win and never eventually win. However, he was able to capture two wins at Flanders in 1989 and 1990. He would retire from the world of professional cycling after declaring that he could no longer compete with other cyclists because EPO was becoming too widely used - foto Cor Vos ©2012
Edwig van Hooydonck passing the picturesque Mont Cassel in 1995. Hooydonck put in a long effort, explaining that he was testing his legs for Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, which he would not win and never eventually win. However, he was able to capture two wins at Flanders in 1989 and 1990. He would retire from the world of professional cycling after declaring that he could no longer compete with other cyclists because EPO was becoming too widely used

Sfer van de afdaling van de Kemmelberg in Gent Wevelgem, foto Cor Vos ©
The peloton has to be very careful on the descent of the Kemmelberg as they pass the Kemmel commemorative war memorial, the Monument aux soldats Français, constructed in 1932. The memorial column depicts the Roman victory goddess Victoria. In the area, the monument is colloquially called “The Angel”

Gent-Wevelgem, foto Cor Vos ©2001 De heli van de belgische TV met de Wescamcamera registreert de renners van wel heel dicht bij. Leon van Bon in Rood-Wit-Blauwetruis is 4e van links
A close-up view of the Gent-Wevelgem action

Gent-Wevelgem, foto Cor Vos ©2003 Afdaling Kemmelberg met Max van Heeswijk voorop
Max van Heeswijk takes the descent of the Kemmelberg

Gent Wevelgem, foto Cor Vos ©2002 Sfeer gokken op de winnaaar
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