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Watch: Quick-Step Floors react to heartbreaking loss at Gent-Wevelgem

Joe Robinson
27 Mar 2018

Viviani has been on great form this season but fell just short of victory at Gent-Wevelgem

The jubilation of Peter Sagan taking a record-equalling third Gent-Wevelgem win last weekend was beautifully juxtaposed with heart-breaking images of second placed Elia Viviani crying at missed opportunities.

The video shows the utter disappointment of Viviani, his team manger Patrick Lefevere and sports director Wilfried Peeters.

Since joining the Quick-Step Floors team at the beginning of the season, Viviani has been on stellar form and already has six victories to his name this season. It seems as if the Italian had been given a lease of new life since leaving Team Sky.

And at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, the 29-year-old looked perfectly placed to claim another win after his Belgian team had got him into the perfect postion to sprint for the line.

Part of Viviani's frustration at not delivering the win would have come from the fact that for a sprinter, victories at Gent-Wevelgem are rare due to the attritional nature of the course. It is unlikely things will be set up so perfectly for him at this race again. 

However, even a second place for Quick-Step Floors continued a quite remarkable run of form for the team in the one-day Belgian classics, in which they have now taken wins in seven of the nine races so far this season.

Next up will be Dwars door Vlaanderen tomorrow in which defending champion and Quick-Step rider Yves Lampaert will be defending his title on a slightly shorter course of 180km.