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Belgian champion Lampaert marvels after the “magnificent years”, team mate Gilbert can disappointment not hide

The 27-year-old Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) is Sunday in Binche, after 223,6 km or 13 rounds of each of the 17.2 km from the Belgian champion on the road. The West-Flanders took the after a solo of four kilometers ahead of his teammate Philippe Gilbert. Jasper Stuyven usurped the bronze medal.

Yves Lampaert hakkelde immediately after the finish line first in French and afterwards in English by the flashinterview. “The team was magnificent this season, we are strong and we are always a collective. We are always working for each other. Today, yes… magnificent”, he responded wonderfully spontaneous.

“I have not said in the finale, because then it is difficult to talk to. I have first time for Philippe Gilbert worked to make sure that we would win with the team. In that escape with seventeen riders in the beginning I was very at ease. Or this is my most beautiful victory is? Meanwhile I have already some nice races won. The world cup ploegentijdrijden in Qatar is one of my best victories, but if I do this sweater next year should give, I hope a great year is has been!

Gilbert: “most Important is that sweater with us”

Philippe Gilbert worked with the smile are flashinterview, but, of course, was still somewhat disappointed with his second place. “It’s a weird feeling”, well-known, the Belgian champion of 2007 and 2011. “The important thing is that the jersey in our team. I’m not frustrated, but disappointed, of course. I came here to win, not for second. There are other races where I attacked and I was taken back, so this time I waited. It was, unfortunately, are not.”

(repacked) “But for the team it’s fantastic that we still have the jersey! Our prize pool is larger, that is also good for the future of course (laughs).”

Wilfried Peeters: “What he has done for the team…”

Also sports director Wilfried Peeters (Quick Step Floors, of course, was happy to be back in a Belgian jersey in the ranks. “I had Yves in advance for the favorites counted, but it is never easy. As he still needs to drive off in that finale, which also was very beautiful… We had the game constantly checking, until the last two rounds. We can send from the cars, but they are the riders that have to do it. We have a beautiful champion and he has fought. What he has done for the team… just appreciation!”

Tom Steels: “it Would surprise me if we not take him with her to the Tour”

“It was tactically not easy,” added sports director Tom Steels there. “We were six at the start and Devenyns recover yet. In the beginning there was a breakaway with seven with Thomas De Gendt, when we have no risk is taken and hole dichtgereden. Other times, we are always meegesprongen. Yves and Philippe were top today. With Jasper Stuyven was, of course, you can never be sure, it would be enormously arrogant to have been to him to be underestimated. There has Several of his qualities as a time trialist and with the idea of that tricolor will he might have additional power have been given. The men have today, super driven, you must have strength to use the ideas that you also have to work out in the course.”

“Lampaert has me surprised in Switzerland when he every day a high level got. He has in Flanders already proven that he can, he has already made each year big steps forward. If we will put him in the Tour? That you come soon to know, but it would surprise me if we have the Belgian champion does not take them! There is Gaviria the first mainly. For stage wins and perhaps the yellow jersey at the first stage in line. And if we are hard to see, are we all crazy, hey. In that journey we will also try to participate!”

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