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Gand - Wevelgem 2002
By: Michele Ferrari
Published: 10 Apr 2002

There are three “points” to note from the Gand-Wevelgem, a race that was disputed by riders at a very high average speed, notwithstanding the strong wind.

1. At the second passage on the legendary Kemmel, George Hincapie attacked, leaving Johann Museeuw and all the other riders in the front of the race behind him. Hincapie climbed the 51 meters of elevation in just 88”, exerting an average power output of about 600 watts, given that his bodyweight is about 77 kg.

2. 30 km from the finish line, Super-Mario Cipollini caught up to the 4 runaways, closing a gap of about 12” in just a little more than 1 km. Considering that the 4 riders were pedalling, (with a head wind) at about 48 km/h, Cipo must have “flown” that kilometre at almost 60 km/h, thrusting a power output that could be estimated around 750-800 watts.

3. The straight-off sprint for Mario is a confirmation that he really is Super, not only as a sprinter, but even as a great rider who is able to seize the right moment.

More Race Comments:
World Championship 2002 - Zolder 30 Oct 2002
Tour of Spain 2002 30 Sep 2002
Tour de France 2002 4 Aug 2002
Tour of Italy 2002 16 Jun 2002
Paris - Roubaix 2002 14 Apr 2002
Gand - Wevelgem 2002 10 Apr 2002
Tour of Flanders, 2002 7 Apr 2002
Milan - San Remo 2002 5 Apr 2002

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