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Pedersen to debut rainbow jersey at Eurométropole Tour

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New world champion Mads Pedersen will race in the rainbow jersey for the first time at the one-day Eurométropole Tour in Belgium on Saturday, October 5.

The Dane will also compete at Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on October 8 before bringing the curtain down on his season at Milano-Torino the following day.

"I still can't believe I really did it! For sure, it will be very special to line up for the very first time in my rainbow jersey and I am happy I get to show it still, before I end my season,” Pedersen said in a statement released by his Trek-Segafredo team on Tuesday.

Pedersen won the Eurométropole Tour – formerly the Circuit Franco-Belge – beneath driving rain last year, beating Jempy Drucker and Oliver Naesen in a sprint finish in Tournai.

In similar conditions at the World Championships in Yorkshire on Sunday, Pedersen out-kicked Matteo Trentin (Italy) and Stefan Küng (Switzerland) to claim the elite men’s road race at the World Championships. It was the 23-year-old Pedersen’s second victory of 2019 following his triumph at the Grand Prix d'Isbergues the previous weekend.

Pedersen won Paris-Roubaix and a World Championships silver medal as a junior, and announced himself at WorldTour level with second place at the Tour of Flanders in 2018. On Sunday evening, the 23-year-old acknowledged that his mode of racing would change in the rainbow jersey.

"I'm finished with playing the underdog,” Pedersen said. 

“That will be impossible from now on. That's a new situation for me to be in. I'll have to race in a new way from now on."