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by Mark Zalewski
March 24, 2017
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Marc Sergeant did not hide his disappointment in his team’s results from the mid-week Classic Dwars door Vlaanderen. “I hope Dwars door Vlaanderen was a lesson,” he told Sporza. “In the E3 Harelbeke we have to regroup.”
Tiesj Benoot on top of the Paterberg.
Lotto-Soudal only had Jelle Wallays in the large breakaway that was launched out of an attack by Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). Tiesj Benoot went on to finish seventh on the day, but that is not enough for the Belgian team.
“We can not be satisfied with our game,” said Sergeant. “Just Jelle Wallays and Jasper De Buyst were good. Unfortunately Jasper had bad luck and fell away.
“We have not seen the style of Lotto-Soudal. We asked the riders to control the pace so we were not put on the defensive. But we actually soft=pedaled after the attack of Gilbert on the Berendries and we could not reverse the situation.
“Gilbert and Lampaert have shown us how it should be. I hope this was a lesson and that we regroup Friday in E3 Harelbeke.”
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