The women’s edition of Gent-Wevelgem has been held five times before. Three Dutch victories by Chantal Blaak (2016), Foortje Mackaij (2015) and Kirsten Wild, while Lauren Hall took the race in 2014 and Elizabeth Armitstead (now Deignan) pocketed the inaugural edition in 2012.
Following three 15 kilometres laps in Boezinge the route runs to the Kemmelberg, which is the first hill and it is crested after 70.4 kilometres in the saddle. Kemmelberg is a 3 kilometres climb at 4% with a steepest sector of 17%. Monteberg follows in its wake, stacking 1 kilometre with an average gradient of 7%.
During a period of relative tranquility the route travels to kilometre 92, which is not tranquil at all. The short and venomous 300 metres climb up the Baneberg accounts for ramps of up to 20%. The parcours continues for 8 kilometres to tackle the duo Kemmelberg and Monteberg for a second time.
On top of the Monteberg the women have 41 flat kilometres left to race.
Results/race report women’s Gent-Wevelgem 2017.
Gent-Wevelgem 2017 for women: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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