Team DSM ended a testing edition of Gent-Wevelgem on the second step of the podium after Megan Jastrab won the sprint behind lone leader Marlen Reusser.
Jastrab was heading to the finish in a small chase group of seven, alongside teammate Pfeiffer Georgi, until the chasing bunch made contact in the final few hundred metres. Despite this, she still managed to prove fastest on the run to the line, with a strong helping hand on the run in from Georgi.
The race got underway in wet and windy conditions and the weather remained a theme throughout the day causing for a tough day in the saddle and multiple crashes throughout. Two of these incidents saw Georgi involved, chasing back from each to still be in contention late into the race.
It was the climbs that proved decisive in breaking up the race in one where attrition was another theme. Both Jastrab and Georgi went clear over one of these in a select front group which was eventually brought back before the final ascent of the Kemmelberg, but from here Reusser went clear solo on the final climb and wasn’t to be seen again.
Behind, Georgi went clear with six others in the final 20 kilometres before being joined by Jastrab and one other. Slowing as they prepared for the sprint, their group was caught but Jastrab held enough speed, teed up by Georgi, to take the sprint and second on the day.