Jarlinson Pantano was the team's designated leader for La Flèche Wallonne, but it was two of the team's youngsters, Michael Gogl, 23, and Ruben Guerreiro, 22, who also arrived with a decimated peloton at the foot of the punishing Mur de Huy for the third and last time.
The final results presented little to boast about with Pantano the highest finisher in 37th place, but close behind arrived the two young prospects, who raced the prestigious mid-week Ardennes Classic for the first time: Guerreiro in 43rd place, and Gogl, fresh off a fantastic 8th place finish in Amstel Gold Race, in 55th.
Trek-Segafredo came into 2017 with a heap of new signings that included four exciting young prospects, and today Gogl and Guerreiro quietly accentuated the team's future is encouraging.
Pantano, Guerreiro, and Gogl will be lining up again Sunday in Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Ruben Guerreiro leads Michael Gogl on the Mur de Huy (©Bettiniphoto)
Jarlinson Pantano: "It is the third time I have done this race, and it has always been very hard on me. This race is probably a bit too explosive for me; the final is really very hard. The feeling I have, however, is really good. It was the first time I could start the final ascent of the Mur with the leaders, and I think I have done a really good preparation in Colombia.
"So now I will focus completely on [Liège–Bastogne–Liège], a race that suits me better anyhow. That is a totally different race. I am confident that I am in good shape and I will give it my all to go for a first class result on Sunday."
Michael Gogl: "This was the first time I have done Flèche Wallonne. I saw the Mur yesterday, but in the race, it is different and really hard, especially when you don't have the best legs. It was hectic all day, there was head and sometimes crosswind, and it was really cold, which made the race really hard.
"Liege will be a different race because it's much longer and that can be good for me. Now I have to recover, and I hope to have a good day on Sunday."
Ruben Guerreiro: "I felt better than at Amstel Gold Race, and I was able to follow a move with around 40kms to go. But unfortunately, it only lasted a few kilometers, and I was back in the peloton again. I tried to help put Pantano and Gogl at the front. I tried to stay there, but it was hard at the end. I was one of the last of the front group going into the climb because I was really tired. But climbs like this are good for me, and I could still move up."