John Degenkolb and Jasper Stuyven finish second, third in Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
There was not much to be done about Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) after Trek-Segafredo delivered a textbook leadout in Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen Koolskamp – he was simply faster.
Trek-Segafredo took their responsibility in the Belgium one-day race. First in keeping the day’s four-man escape group in check, then helping control the late attacks once the breakaway was caught, and finally in the last two and a half kilometers with a leadout for John Degenkolb, which was so good Jasper Stuyven held on for third place.
John Degenkolb was set up perfectly but had no answer for the red-hot Groenewegen, who is having a banner season taking his 13th victory, and settled for second.
It was my first time here and it was a nice race. It was a hectic finale with guys attacking but we were always in control of the situation - the guys did a great job all day and a perfect leadout. We were here to win the race and we ended up 2nd and 3rd and that doesn't look really good, but Groenewegen was just really fast.
When it comes to pure speed, I know John (Degenkolb) is faster so we decided to go for John in the sprint. To be honest I think we did the perfect lead out but Groenewegen was faster. When I looked back after [my leadout] I saw there was a gap so I tried to keep going until the finish. Sunday will be my home race and of course, that will be very special. I am looking forward to it and very motivated to make a great result with the team there.
Trek-Segafredo lines up again tomorrow for the Primus Classic where John Degenkolb will lead the team, and again Sunday in Jasper Sutyven’s hometown in the Grote Prijs Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven, where Jasper will vie for his third win this season.