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Megan Jastrab: Californian dreaming

Megan Jastrab: Californian dreaming

There are big hopes for U.S. talent Megan Jastrab , but don’t expect to see her topping a WorldTour podium just yet. In her first…

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There are big hopes for U.S. talent Megan Jastrab , but don’t expect to see her topping a WorldTour podium just yet. In her first full year in Europe, she has been putting in the hard miles for her DSM teammates, learning the ropes.

Her role has been as a domestique, sacrificing herself, positioning leaders and doing part of the lead-out for sprinter Lorena Wiebes . In 2022, she has contributed to eight wins for the rapid Dutchwoman.

“It’s always nice riding for a team because I think cycling gets the stigma that the person who wins did it all themselves. It’s really good to have a close-knit group of girls, who you’re willing to die for on the bike. Your race can be over at halfway or the first climb an hour in, but you do so much for the team’s position,” Jastrab told VeloNews .

The 20-year-old only did five races with Team DSM in 2021 as she concentrated on the track, part of the U.S. line-up that won Olympic team pursuit bronze in Tokyo.

“This whole spring season was a shock, getting back into road racing after a year and a half of track,” Jastrab reflects. “A little bit of figuring out how to ride in the pack again and getting into race fitness. But I came over, got a couple of extra races added to my calendar and it’s been great.”

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