The fifth running of Gent-Wevelgem will take place on Sunday, March 27 in Belgium, marking the 4th of 17 Women’s World Tour events for 2016.
Cylance Pro Cycling’s roster will include Alison Tetrick (USA), Rossella Ratto (ITA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Rachele Barbieri (ITA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP) and Shelley Olds (USA).
The women will race for 115km, and contest five climbs; two times up the Kemmelberg (one time up each side), which has a 23 per cent gradiant on one side, two times up the Monteberg and one trip up the Baneberg, which is only a few hundred metres but maxes out at roughly 20 per cent. Despite the climbs, it is still considered a flatter course and is said to be one for the sprinters. Former winners of the race include Dutch racer Floortje Mackaij in 2015, American Lauren Hall in 2014, Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild in 2013 and Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead won the event in 2012.