Mads Pedersen wins Gent-Wevelgem: I like long sprints, they fit me better
Oct 12 2020 05:21 am CET

Mads Pedersen wins Gent-Wevelgem:  I like long sprints, they fit me better
Mads Pedersen wins Gent-Wevelgem:  I like long sprints, they fit me better
Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo's Mads Pedersen has been the fastest man at the reduced final sprint in Gent-Wevelgem, which is his first victory in a Classic race.

Nine riders formed a front group in the last stretch of the Belgian race and it became soon clear that the winner was going to be one of them. Close to the last kilometre, Florian Senechal (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Matteo Trentin (CCC Team) managed to break free from the group and just after, Pedersen went on to hunt them and still had the legs to keep going and take the victory of the race.

"Three guys went from the group, and I hoped Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert would close it, but they didn't," said Pedersen. "Then I managed to jump across, stay in the last wheel, and make my sprint from there. I like long sprints. They fit me better. It was a pretty hard race, especially in weather conditions like this, raining and then drying up, but I know how to handle this, so it was good for me. It's definitely one of my biggest victories!"

The former World Champion will start in the Tour of Flanders as one of the favourites after he's shown he has the shape and the talent for that kind of racing. "I did well in Flanders two years ago, and now I'm showing I'm one of the guys that can win classics," the Dane explained. "It means a lot to me to win here. I missed the Worlds, and one of the reasons was to be ready for the classics.

"The whole team was awesome today. Before starting the classics, we had a good talk and decided that we would race every day like it's the last race of the season. You never know what can happen, so every day it's all-in. That's how we're going to race this Wednesday and again Sunday."




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