Defending Champion Jasper Stuyven out of Milan-Sanremo with sickness

Mads Pedersen will step in to lead the team at La Classicissima

Jasper Stuyven will unfortunately not be able to defend his Milan-Sanremo title. After racing at Paris-Nice, Jasper has started to feel unwell. The late change means Mads Pedersen will race Milan-Sanremo for the first time, leading Trek-Segafredo’s ambitions for back-to-back wins.

Jasper Stuyven: “Getting sick at this time of the season is a big disappointment. Of course, I was excited to race with the number 1 on my back after winning my first Monument last year. I thought I had safely got through Paris-Nice, but obviously I picked something up there. For me, the focus is now on getting healthy before the upcoming cobbled classics.”

Mads Pedersen: “As I said in many interviews last week, it wasn’t the plan for me to race Milan-Sanremo, but sometimes plans change. It’s a late change, but I’m feeling motivated and know that my shape is good. Of course, it’s a big pity for Jasper that he doesn’t get the chance to defend his title, but we will do our best to make it two in a row for the Team.”