Gent-Wevelgem 2019 went right down to the wire this year – no long solo breakaways as in previous years, but one big bunch sprint, with Alexander Kristoff the strongest at the end of a fatiguing race. The Norwegian launched early and while other more fancied names found themselves either out of position or without that final kick into the headwind, he held his power to sail clear over the line for a victory that took many by surprise. It was classic Kristoff! John Degenkolb and Oliver Naesen joined him on the podium for second and third respectively.
Part Two of our A to Z of the 2018 season – we have riders who set off on their own tour, the winningest team in the peloton, a Frenchman who thrives on Italian roads and Roubaix-style heroics. Add to that some Viking magic, rainbows changing hands and we finish where we so often end … the Zoncolan. [If you’ve not read Part 1 Alaphilippe to Monuments, it is here …]
We had 11 categories, two weeks (or thereabouts) of voting and these are the results of the Veloshirians …