VN Show: Quick-Step gambles, but Sagan hits jackpot at Gent-Wevelgem

Gent-Wevelgem proved to be a day for the sprinters, and Peter Sagan took advantage of an ambitious Quick-Step team to win it.

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After the Quick-Step guys destroyed E3 Harelbeke, we expected the Belgian team to dominate Gent-Wevelgem. The boys in blue did just that … But they didn’t win.

Instead, sprinter Elia Viviani was reduced to tears after a second-place result behind (who else!?) Peter Sagan. Sagan played the bunch finish to perfection and won his third Gent-Wevelgem. We unpack all the details of the race’s tactics, including Viviani’s fateful decision to go right when he should have gone left.

Plus, we look ahead to the big one this Sunday: Ronde van Vlaanderen!

All of that and more on this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show.

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