Jungels: Dwars door Vlaanderen was a complicated race

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

The Deceuninck-QuickStep squad rotation system meant that Zdenek Stybar was spared the midweek rigours of Dwars door Vlaanderen , leaving the rest of the team's quadrumvirate of Classics leaders to stake their respective claims for increased responsibility at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. It proved to be a mixed afternoon for the men in blue, who were looking to restore momentum after their juggernaut was slowed slightly at Gent-Wevelgem last weekend. Victory eluded Deceuninck-QuickStep in Waregem, too, but Bob Jungels , still a neophyte in these races, will draw plenty of encouragement from his vigorous showing and third-place finish behind winner Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus). Belgian champion Yves Lampaert was seeking a third successive victory in his home race but had to settle for 8th place, while Philippe Gilbert’s Ronde prospects suffered a blow when he was forced to abandon the race with stomach problems. This was a ...

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