Victor Campenaerts Wednesday the 27th edition of the Crystal Bike won. The rider from team Lotto Soudal collected 480 points, 52 points more than the second in the state Yves Lampaert. Greg Van Avermaet finished third with 382 points. Wout van Aert was fourth with 316 points, Thomas De Gendt and completed the top five with 270 votes behind his name. Campenaerts received the trophy from the hands of sir Bradley Wiggins.
The Crystal Bike is an election organized by the newspaper The Latest News. The trophy is awarded by a kennersjury of journalists (written press, audiovisual and new media), the various ex-laureates (among whom Andrei Tchmil, Johan Museeuw, Peter Van Petegem, Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen, Sven Nys and Greg Van Avermaet), a delegation of the Belgian Wielrijdersbond (KBWB), the different coaches and more than 40 wielercoryfeeën and old glories. In doing so, Eddy Merckx, Rik Van Looy, Roger De Vlaeminck, Etienne De Wilde, Roland Liboton, Patrick Sercu, Freddy Maertens, Eric Vanderaerden, Johan De Muynck, and Lucien Van Impe.
Victor Campenaerts is the surprising winner, even if he ultimately still 52 points and second in the state. It is a trophy that he for the first time on his palmares. A few weeks back he had to settle with a second place in the election of the Flandrien, of newspaper “het Nieuwsblad”, in which Yves Lampaert the winner was and Of the Team also finished third.
Campenaerts put this season, his progression as a rider on. He extended in Glasgow his European title, with 63 hundredths of a second ahead of Jonathan Castroviejo, crowned for the second time in his career, to the Belgian time-trial champion in the elite and captured at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Innsbruck bronze after Rohan Dennis and Tom Dumoulin.
As five-fold winner of the Kristallen Fiets is Johan Museeuw’s (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2002). Philippe Gilbert (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Tom Boonen (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012) and Greg Van Avermaet (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) each have four trophies in their cabinet.
Baanwielrenster wins in the women
When the women won the Nicky Degrendele. The baanwielrenster scored 648 points, 36 more than Sanne Cant, who just as last year, peace must take second place. Jolien D’hoore was third with 574 points. Simplon Michiels scored in total 278 points, Shari Bossuyt completed the top five with 198 points.
Since 2016, there is also a Crystal Bike for women, of which D’hoore is the first laureate was. Also last year she was with the trophy home. This year is not the case, the honor is reserved for the 22-year-old Nicky Degrendele. Who wrote in Apeldoorn history by becoming the first Belgian world champion in the keirin. In the U23 she conquered European gold in the keirin and in the european CHAMPIONSHIP elite in Glasgow she conquered silver medal in the discipline. Furthermore, she won several tournaments in the keirin in Japan, the birthplace of the discipline.
Remco Evenepoel wins (of course) among the young
Also in the junior riders, there was no surprise. Two-time world champion in the junior Remco Evenepoel crowned themselves the winner, with nearly double the points on the second in the results, Bjorg Lambrecht, who for silver reed at the recent world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Innsbruck in the blessings and promises of his first profzege posted in the third stage of the Tour des Fjords. Lambrecht won both in 2016, as a 2017 at the youth, the Crystal Bike.
Patrick Lefevere again to the feast
The prize of best team leader/manager/coach of the year went to Patrick Lefevere, his Quick-Step Floors 73 victories recorded last season. It is for the West-Flemish are already his sixth Crystal Bike in his career, all he had to the first trophy, however, share with Johan Bruyneel in 2000. He took it this time for his own directeur sportif Tom Steels and Kevin De Weert.
Reward for the work of Tim Declercq
The helper of the year, or the Crystal drop of sweat, elected by the public through the website of The Latest News, went again to the someone of Quick Step Floors: Tim Declercq, last year’s second, won with 44 percent of the votes, for team-mate Iljo Keisse (30 %) and Xandro Meurisse (9 %) of Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Last year dragged Julien Vermote, then also as the team of Lefevere, the trophy in the wait. .