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by Shane Stokes
April 3, 2018
Alaphilippe wins opening stage of the Itzulia Basque Country; Stannard wins Giro del Belvedere; Nibali shrugs off Flanders fatigue with solid opener in Itzulia Basque Country; Following impressive Flanders ride, Pedersen extends with Trek-Segafredo; Painkilling adrenalin carries injured van Vleuten to Flanders podium; Unofficial Indy Pac: Across-Australia riders flowing into Sydney Opera House finish; Video: Alaphilippe rolls to the sea; Video: The Salesman: Mads Pedersen tells us about his Trek Madone
Niki Terpstra (QuickStep Floors) was the winner of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, but Mads Pedersen was equally – or, perhaps more – impressive in taking second place. Just 22 years of age and riding the race for the first time, he expended vital energy in a breakaway prior to Terpstra bridging across.
After the Dutchman dropped him, Pedersen had enough energy left in the tank to hold off all the chasers and to finish a mere 12 seconds back. It was a determined, courageous ride.
Now his team has rewarded that performance with a new contract until the end of 2020. “I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo,” he said on Monday. “I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot. I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the Classics.
“I was happy to win early this season in [the Herald Sun Tour in] Australia to show I was on track for the spring, and obviously I am very proud of my results this week. It was a good way to start, but I am still young, and I still need some experience, so there’s more to come, I hope. For now, I am focused on Paris-Roubaix. It’s my favourite race, and maybe in a few years I will be here looking for the win.”
Trek-Segafredo General Manager Luca Guercilena said the team signed the Dane last year as his potential was clear. “To see him perform the way he did this week, and especially taking an absolutely incredible second place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, exceeded all of our expectations. This is what we hoped for in a few years, and that he’s able to do this now, at the age of 22, predicts a very bright future.”