Tour of Britain - Yves Lampaert: I knew it was coming for some time now
Sep 12 2021 06:45 am CET

Tour of Britain - Yves Lampaert: I knew it was coming for some time now
Tour of Britain - Yves Lampaert: I knew it was coming for some time now
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Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert has taken the win of the penultimate day of the Tour of Britain, after surviving from the breakaway.

The Belgian ITT champion was part of the escape of the seventh stage of the British race, along with names like Davide Ballerini, Matteo Jorgenson, Matthew Gibson and Pascal Eenkhoorn, among others. Lampaert attacked on the last stretch of the stage and was followed by Jorgenson at first and then by Gibson, but he was the strongest of the three and took the victory of the day, dedicated to his one-month son Aloïs.

"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," said the Belgian. "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

"We started attacking each other in the final 15 kilometres. 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.

"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."

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