New director for Ghent-Wevelgem

Former pro Hans de Clercq is confirmed as the organiser of this year's Ghent-Wevelgem following the

Former pro Hans de Clercq has been confirmed as race director for April's 68th edition of Ghent-Wevelgem in place of Luc Gheysens, who has been suspended for a month by the International Cycling Union's disciplinary commission as a result of events that took place at the end of last year's race.

The 2005 edition ended in a controversial victory for Belgian rider Nico Mattan, who had been dropped by Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha in the closing stages but made up a significant deficit in the closing kilometre, apparently with the assistance of race-accredited vehicles.

Bernard Langedock, secretary of the Het Vliegend Wiel club that organises Ghent-Wevelgem, told the Belgian press: "We received a letter from the UCI in September that said that Luc Gheysens had been suspended for a month. Apparently the suspension had applied to the period of 1-30 April, but of 2005 and not for the next edition in 2006. However, we decided to leave the organisation of the 2006 race to Hans de Clercq.

Langedock added: "Luc Gheysens retains his position as president of the Het Vliegend Wiel club. We are currently focused on preparations for the race. The start will still take place at Deinze and the finish line will once again be on the Vanacker Street in Wevelgem."

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