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Quick Step's Gert Steegmans won the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen Aartselaar on the roads of Belgium...
Quick Step's Gert Steegmans won the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen Aartselaar on the roads of Belgium Wednesday. In the final sprint, the Belgian beat the Dutchman Stefan Van Dijk (Mitsubishi-Jartazi) and the Belgian Champion Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto). With this victory Steegmans follows his fellow countryman Greg Van Avermaet, winner of the 2007 edition of this race, in to racing's golden circle.
"I've got to thank all the team," said Steegmans said of his team-mates. "Today they were working for me from the beginning of the race. In the final phase, [Steven] De Jongh and [Allan] Davis were phenomenal, launching me in the best possible way, allowing me to get up on Roelandts' tire and then pass him at the finish line."
In the same race, 28 year-old Australian Allan Davis, who made his Quick Step debut. He will also compete in the Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg, scheduled for Sunday September 7, and then the Tour of Poland later in September.