Yves Lampert may not possess the palmarès of Philippe Gilbert, Niki Terpstra, or even Zdenek Stybar, but he underlined his status and leadership credentials within the Quick-Step Floors team with a victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.
The Belgian came of age with a solo win in this very race 12 months ago, and his doubling up – combined with the way he lit up E3 Harelbeke on Friday – has put himself right in the frame for the Tour of Flanders.
Alongside Terpstra, who went on to win solo in E3 Harelbeke, Lampaert has been the most eye-catching Quick-Step rider of the Classics so far, although race situations have meant that Gilbert and Stybar haven’t yet been let fully off the leash. Consequently, with just four days until the Tour of Flanders, there was an obvious line of questioning in the race winner’s press conference in Waregem.
“I go again in my position. I feel very strong, but the whole team is very strong. We can go again with a four-man leadership. That will be Terpstra, Stybar, Gilbert and me,” Lampaert said.
When asked if there was a hierarchy within that structure, he responded confidently: “I think we are all on the same level.
“We just have to make sure that we don’t go into defence mode, that we go in attack mode, and let the other leaders have to chase us.”
You can read more at Cyclingnews.com