Lampaert brings home the Wolfpack’s 55th win of the season

Lampaert brings home the Wolfpack’s 55th win of the season

Saturday 11 September 2021 - 18:22
Lampaert brings home the Wolfpack’s 55th win of the season

Lampaert brings home the Wolfpack’s 55th win of the season

Saturday 11 September 2021 - 18:22

The Belgian crossed the line victorious for the second time this year.

The penultimate day of the Tour of Britain witnessed another tactical masterclass of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who took the spoils in Edinburgh – the capital of Scotland, which hosted a stage finish for the first time since the event was relaunched in 2004 – for our team’s 24th victory at the race.

For the second consecutive day, the Wolfpack had two members in the breakaway, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Davide Ballerini and Belgian ITT Champion Yves Lampaert attacking from the off and building a maximum gap of eight minutes together with their five companions.

At first, the peloton didn’t look troubled by the margin of the escapees, but a change of pace with 80 kilometers to go saw the advantage of the men up the road tumble to just four minutes by the time they crested Wanside Rig, thus putting the chasers into the driving seat, especially as the final 50 kilometers brought more short climbs, which even though lacked steep ramps, were hard enough to pour lead in the already tired legs of the escapees.

However, on the descent they managed to stretch their margin to over five minutes, which pretty much spelled the end of the bunch’s hopes of bringing the race back together. Inside the final 15 kilometers, attacks started flying from the group, first Ballerini trying his chance, before Yves put in a dig of his own that made that much wanted selection. Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) was quick to jump into his wheel, and Matthew Gibson (Ribble Weldtite) joined them a few kilometers later.

The Brit tried to dispatch Yves several times, but the 30-year-old Belgian remained cool as a cucumber and closed down all these attacks, before opening his sprint more than 200 meters from the line, easily outkicking his opponents and nabbing his 13th victory in the pro ranks. Some 30 seconds later, Ballerini finished fourth, while World Champion Julian Alaphilippe came home with the peloton and retained his third place in the general classification.

“It was a hard and long stage, with a lot of wind, small roads, many climbs and no flat, but we worked well in the break and this allowed us to build that substantial gap over the bunch. Having Davide there was very important, a big advantage, and it’s also thanks to him that I could pull off this win after we’ve been close several times this week”, a smiling Yves said after the stage that put Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the top of the team classification.

“We started attacking each other in the final 15 kilometers. When I went, only Jorgenson could respond and together we rode full gas, putting some seconds into the others. Then Gibson came and complicated things a bit, as it’s never easy to manage a situation where you have more than one opponent to watch, but I stayed calm and kicked out from his wheel quite early, with 200 meters to go, as I felt there was still enough power in the legs”, continued Yves, who dedicated his victory to his one-month-old son Aloïs. “This success is special for me, because I knew it was coming for some time now and I’m happy I could finish it off for the Wolfpack. I worked a lot for the team in many races this year and I’m delighted I could take the victory today, as it gives me a lot of confidence for the last races of the season.”

 

Photo credit: ©Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Race details

1 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:39:09
2 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:00
3 Matthew Gibson
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
0:00
4 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
5 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:41
6 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
1:51
7 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:51
8 Max Kanter
Team DSM
1:51
9 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
1:51
10 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
1:51
12 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
13 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
18 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
50 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
27:34:32
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:04
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
4 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:54
6 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
1:08
7 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:10
8 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
1:37
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
1:58
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:01
24 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:16
40 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:20
54 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:11
69 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:25
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
76 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58 pt
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
54 pt
4 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
35 pt
5 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Fenix
34 pt
6 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
33 pt
7 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
8 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
23 pt
9 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb SunGod
21 pt
10 James Shaw
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
20 pt
13 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
17 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
21 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
1 Jacob Scott
Canyon dhb SunGod
66 pt
2 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb SunGod
30 pt
3 Nícolas Sessler
Global 6 Cycling
28 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
5 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
6 Colin Joyce
Rally Cycling
19 pt
7 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Fenix
19 pt
8 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
18 pt
9 Robin Carpenter
Rally Cycling
16 pt
10 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
11 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
15 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
20 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
27 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 82:04:46
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:23
3 Team DSM 3:23
4 Team Arkéa Samsic 3:44
5 Alpecin-Fenix 3:52
6 Israel Start-Up Nation 7:58
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:01
8 Team Qhubeka NextHash 8:49
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 11:15
10 Rally Cycling 11:47

Top results

1 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:39:09
2 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:00
3 Matthew Gibson
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
0:00
See all race results

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