Gent-Wevelgem: Another Patrick Verhoest Gallery!

Patrick Verhoest

Our Man Patrick was at the Kemmelberg summit yesterday, with the predictable results: awesome pictures of our heroes in full sufferment! What more could you want?

First off, there was a women's race... OK, it was in competition with the Trofeo Binda for riders, but it was still a lovely day out.

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Isabelle Beckers and Marjolein Claessen power up the climb.

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Carleen Baas leads the pack up the cobbles:

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Liesbeth De Vocht managed seventh on the day, which was won by American Lauren Tucker Hall.

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On to the men's race. There were two trips through what was the usual Kemmelberg crowd. Here's the early break:

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The fans were marking Fabian Cancellara as intently as the riders.

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The usual luminaries were eventually visible.

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Lars Boom made his return to the peloton, with some interesting physio tape.

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Matt Goss had a bit of bedevilment, leaving him in the position of needing a bike change at a rather inopportune moment.

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OK, on to the final lap.

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These dudes meant business:

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Degenkolb, the eventual winner, tracking the leaders:

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Sagan suffers his way up:

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Farrar and Kristoff close behind:

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And the rest, as they say, is history.

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