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Two on the podium in Belgium

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.

Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos/BettiniPhoto©2018

Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos/BettiniPhoto©2018

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.

- Dege

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.

- Jasper

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.