Gallery: The mud-covered faces of a soggy Gent-Wevelgem

Pain, desperation, frustration, relief, joy – it's all there on the faces of the riders at the 2023 Gent-Wevelgem.

Matt de Neef
by Matt de Neef 27.03.2023 Photography by
Zac Williams, Ashley & Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon, and Cor Vos
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Ah yes, spring racing in Belgium. Narrow farm roads covered in who knows what, tough cobbled climbs, cold weather, and more than a bit of rain. Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem was one of those particularly soggy Belgian spring days that makes hard races even harder. For many riders, the bad weather meant their morale was shot before they’d even rolled out of Ypres.

Thankfully for those of us at home, watching from the warmth and comfort of our living rooms, bad weather adds a certain something to the viewing experience. A degree of difficulty that only enhances our respect for the riders and their efforts.

And of course, bad weather means terrific photos. Tough conditions for the photographers actually out there capturing the images, sure, but the results are fantastic.

Today we focus on the faces of the riders in the 2023 men’s and women’s Gent-Wevelgem, with contributions from photographers Zac Williams, Ashley & Jered Gruber, Kristof Ramon, and Cor Vos. Let’s get started.

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