Swiss rider Grégory Rast is the ultimate domestique (bovenstaande foto Jean-Pierre Verstraete; onderstaande foto Erik Westerlinck).
He has been the right-hand man to Fabian Cancellara for many years and his primary goal each season is the Classics. For Grégory, that means being one hundred percent ready when springtime rolls around, and in 2017 he was supposed to be supporting a new leader in John Degenkolb. It is selfless teammates like ‘Rasty’ that shine brightly behind the scene – they are an integral part of the success yet rarely receive the fanfare and glory they deserve.
Grégory was introduced to cycling by his godfather when he was 15 and heavy into football (soccer), but admittedly not very good. His godfather, who was the president of the local cycling club at the time, presented him with a bicycle and kicking a ball was soon forgotten.
Grégory finished fourth in Paris-Roubaix (2011), has twice been crowned National Champion, and won a stage of the Tour de Suisse (2013), taking the win from a breakaway. His large, powerful build, vast experience, and dry sense of humour make him a highly cherished teammate during high-pressure races. (Website van Trek Segafredo)