Viviani shrugs off De Panne defeat and sets his sights on Gent-Wevelgem redemption

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani was third at De Panne

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) chatted and joked with his former teammate Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) behind the podium at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne on Wednesday. Both had just been beaten in the sprint finish by Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) but neither showed any real signs of disappointment. That will all be different, however, come Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. "When you don't win, it's always disappointing," Viviani told Cyclingnews , "but if I need to decide if I win today or Sunday, for sure it's Sunday." Twelve months ago, Viviani crumpled to the tarmac beyond the finish line in Wevelgem, and sat their sobbing for a good couple of minutes. He had just finished second to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hransgrohe) and the significance of the race to him was abundantly clear. "That's a bad memory. Well, not a bad bad memory, because it was cool to be there playing for the win ...

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