Jake Stewart had a great race at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. After a great result in Etoile de Besseges, he continued with good races again and seems to be full of confidence “Besseges was a bit of a surprise but when you come to a race with confidence and good legs you usually can pull out a good result.
Today was a bit of a surprise but I had good legs in Besseges and carried that into today. I was always prepared for today,” Stewart told Cyclingnews “There was no wind today and it was good weather and that allowed for a big group to come to the finish."
"It wasn’t as hard as in previous years but I’ve been supported really well in the last two years with the development team at Groupama-FDJ and then I've stepped up to being a pro in October. This team is a good place for me and I’ve carried on progressing.
I think it will be a good few years with the team”.
He says that it was not easy at all, but that he still managed to find the strength and achieve what he wanted “It was hard from the Wolvenberg until the finish.
It was about surviving really. I struggled over the Muur but once I was in that group I knew that I just needed to make it to the finish and follow Stefan and Kevin and let them do the work for me. Then I could do the sprint”.
Stewart showed great mental strength after losing the wheels of his teammates “I lost my teammates wheel but found Kevin Geniets again with about 500m to go. He helped me take the wheel of QuickStep and I was coming fast but there wasn’t enough road to take Ballerini."
"I keep surprising myself and a lot of people this year. No one really expected second place from myself but the team are really supportive and we have a good group here for the Classics. It’s a surprise but it can be expected with from a group like this”.
He seems to have decided to use the potential he has, which seems to be big “I’m still trying to discover my potential,” he said. “This is where my heart is and I love the Belgian races. This is well I want to excel.
It’s where I want to see a good career. Where weren’t sure where I was going to excel on the road but we’ve found my potential in these harder races. We’ll try and build on it”.