Lampaert Extends with Team Soudal-QuickStep
Earlier today it was announced that Belgian rider Yves Lampaert has extended his contract with the QuickStep team for three seasons. The QuickStep Alpha Vinyl team will be rebranded for next year and come January 2023 it will be known as Team Soudal-QuickStep.
31-year-old Lampaert is a classics and time trial specialist, and his favorite race is Paris-Roubaix. He also won stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de France - a 13.2-kilometer individual time trial in the streets of Copenhagen.
Lampaert will remain with the QuickStep team through 2025 and it means he will have spent a full decade with the team he likes so much. While aiming for personal success in time trials and classics, he is known for his willingness to work hard and loyally in support of teammates in stage races.
Born in Belgian town Izegem, Lampaert has had a memorable 2022 in which he crashed in Paris-Roubaix - a crash that likely cost him a spot on the podium of his favorite race. Lampaert, however, did not let the crash stop his ambitions and he came back in powerful and impressive fashion when he time trialed to victory in the first stage of this year’s Tour de France. It was an emotional win for Lampaert who also took the coveted yellow jersey as leader of the race.
Commenting on the decision to extend his contract with Team Soudal-QuickStep Lampaert told Roadcycling.com “I am really happy that I can remain for three more years with the team. I see the team as my family and I am always really proud when can be successful, so let’s see if we can add some more in the coming years. I would like to thank Patrick (Lefevere) for the confidence that he has shown in me and I hope to repay that faith.”
Lampaert has won fifteen races so far in his career. In addition to the Tour de France stage victory, his palmares also sports victories at the Vuelta a España, Tour de Suisse, Tour of Britain, Dwars door Vlaanderen (2017 and 2018) and Classic Brugge-De Panne. He is also part of a selected club of riders who have held both the Belgian National Road Race (2018) and Time Trial titles (2017 and 2021).
“I am very happy that we could come to an agreement that will see Yves stay with the team,” Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere said. “When we think of his last year, we think of what happened in Paris-Roubaix and being in yellow at the Tour de France, but the bigger picture is so much more than that. Lampaert has taken some big victories individually, but he also works tirelessly for others and he is a huge part of our team and we are delighted that we will have him for three more years.”