Jasper Stuyven bagged the biggest victory of his career when he outsprinted compatriot Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a two-man sprint to secure the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title in tough, trademark Opening Weekend conditions. This result couldn't have come at a better time for the Trek-Segafredo rider after a string of below-par performances put paid to the Belgian's Spring Classics ambitions last year.
Stuyven made his debut as a professional rider in 2014 and has long been considered as the next big Belgian prospect despite living in the shadow of decorated cobbled Classics campaigners, Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert. The Trek-Segafredo rider lived up to his potential when he won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne back in 2016, following up that performance with a fourth-place finish in the Omloop two years later.
As was the trend at Opening Weekend, disc brakes were the order of the day outnumbering the rim brake-equipped teams considerably - in fact, all the WorldTour teams, save for UAE Team Emirates, AG2R La Mondiale and Team Ineos, chose to forego rim-brake actuation.
Trek-Segafredo elected to use their flagship Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap bikes. The Madone is highly regarded for its stellar ride quality thanks in part to the adjustable top-tube IsoSpeed decoupler and aero shaped seatpost - attributes that would no doubt have come in handy for Stuyven and his teammates over the rougher, cobbled roads of the Omloop route.
Stuyven's Madone features a red/white design style that runs throughout the bike's composition. The signature colourway known as 'Viper Red/Trek White' provides the perfect canvas from which to display both the sponsor logos as well as Trek's very own moniker, the latter of which takes up most of the downtube's real estate.
The component list is naturally from the top drawer. A full SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain complete with a 54/41T, 10-33T chainset configuration takes care of the gearing. This ratio provides a good balance between top-end shunt and climbing efficiency and would have ensured predictable and precise shifting accuracy over the cobbled sectors. Speaking of cobbles, a clever hack from the Trek-Segafredo mechanics saw the inclusion of several rubber grommets on the edges of the Bontrager Bat Cage bottle cages to safeguard and guarantee the safe passage of the water bottles.
The red/white theme continues into the cockpit where a compendium of Bontrager accessories such an XXX Blendr stem (130mm, -17degree) and XXX Aero handlebar combo wrapped in Bontrager Perf Line bar tape round off the touchpoints.
To make the most of the conditions on the day and nullify the effects of crosswinds, Stuyven chose to employ the semi-aero 47mm Bontrager Aeolus 4 XXX tubular wheels wrapped in 25C Pirelli P-Zero tubular tyres. Lastly and rather surprisingly, the now-discontinued Bontrager inForm Team Issue saddle completes the build proving pro riders do indeed have preferences and prefer to stick with components they've tried and tested.
Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Jasper Stuyven's Trek Madone SLR Disc
Jasper Stuyven's Trek Madone SLR 9 eTap AXS Disc full bike specifications
- Frameset: Trek Madone SLR Disc 700 Series OCLV carbon
- Front brake: SRAM Red HRD
- Rear brake: SRAM Red HRD
- Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Cassette: RAM RED XG-1290 10-33T
- Chain: SRAM RED 12-Speed
- Crankset: SRAM Red AXS with Quark, 54/41T
- Bottom bracket: Cane Creek
- Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 4 XXX
- Tyres: Pirelli P-Zero Velo 25C (tubular)
- Handlebars: Bontrager XXX Aero 420mm
- Bar Tape: Bontrager Perf Line (white)
- Stem: Bontrager XXX Blendr stem (130mm, -17degree)
- Pedals: Shimano PD-R9100
- Saddle: Bontrager inForm Team Issue
- Seatpost: Madone aero carbon
- Cycling computer: Garmin Edge 830 (not shown)
- Bottle cages: Bontrager Bat Cage
- Rider height: 1.86m
- Rider weight: 78kg
Aaron is Cyclingnews.com's Tech Editor. As the former gear editor of Bicycling magazine and content manager of the Absa Cape Epic, he has tons of experience writing about bikes. A competitive racer and Stravaholic, he’s twice ridden the Cape Epic and completed the Haute Route Alps. When not riding, racing or testing bicycles in and around the UK's Surrey Hills where he now lives, he's writing about them for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect. Rides: Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB
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