Dwars door Vlaanderen: Lampaert parlays Quick-Step tactics to victory

Gilbert makes it a 1-2 for Belgian team

Local boy Yves Lampaert capitalised on some top tactical work by Quick-Step Floors to take a solo victory at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Philippe Gilbert made it a double day of glory for the Belgian team, sprinting to second place from the three-man chasing group. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) rounded off the podium, beating Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) into third place.

"For me it’s a dream that came true. It’s not that far from my home and I did a lot of recons to do this race," Lampaert said. "To win, for me it’s a fantastic gift that I can give to the team and thanks to everybody."

Quick-Step had two cards to play in the finale and found themselves with a royal flush when it came down to the crunch. Lampaert laid the heavy groundwork on the final climbs before an attack from Gilbert on the Paterberg forced the race-winning split. Lampaert was one of the only riders who had the legs to follow Gilbert, along with Lutsenko and Durbridge.

The quartet worked well together, pulling out a gap of over a minute, which was helped by a lack of co-operation behind. Even with 10 kilometres remaining, it became clear that the winner of the race would come from the four out front. They worked well together until Gilbert finally broke ranks on the final stretch of cobbles.

No sooner was Gilbert brought back than Lampaert made his own move. Lampaert, who missed most of the Classics last season after injuring his Achilles when his girlfriend accidentally ran into him with a shopping trolley, had to fight hard to build the gap but he knew the roads and eventually won by 37 seconds over his teammate.

"For me it's a dream that came true. It's not that far from my home and I did a lot of recons to do this race. To win, for me it's a fantastic gift that I can give to the team and thanks to everybody," Lampaert said after his win.

How it happened

There was a somber start to the day as the riders and public honoured the victims of last year's terror attack in Brussels with a minute's silence. The attacks happened on the eve of last year's race and provided the lingering concern would mark the entire Classics programme in Belgium. This year, the general atmosphere, while reflective, was more buoyant than that of 12 months ago.

The racing got underway with clear skies above and the riders were ready to get down to business quickly. Right from the get-go, riders were trying to break free of the peloton as a barrage of moves came off the front. After more than 30 kilometres of racing, a solid break formed with Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis, Solutions Credits), Ivan Savitsky (Gazprom - Rusvelo), Lawrence Naesen (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), Benjamin Perry (Israel Cycling Academy), Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems Crelan), Jon Ander Insausti (Bahrain-Merida).

With Quick-Step Floors happy to control things on the front, they allowed the six men a healthy advantage of almost six minutes at one stage, before bringing it down to much closer to five minutes. That didn't last long though and Quick-Step upped the pace as they approached the first of 12 climbs the Nieuwe Kwaremont. By that point, only three minutes separated the escapees from the charging peloton.

While the leaders did their best to hold off the inevitable, the battle for Belgian supremacy began behind. Lotto Soudal's former winner Jelle Wallays, or Speedy Wally as he's affectionately known by his fans, punched a hole in the air by charging up the second climb of the day, the Kattenberg. He never got too far ahead of the peloton but the pressure brought the gap down to 1:33, having been at just over two minutes only moments before.

Sensing the catch was not too far away, Van Bilsen tried a number of fruitless moves but he could do nothing to halt the tide of the peloton washing over them. After Wallays did some damage, Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors). Gilbert's move killed two birds with one stone by splitting the peloton and all but ending the day of the escapees.

Joining Gilbert in his band of brothers were Wallays, Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Loic Vliegen, Dylan Teuns (BMC), Mat Hayman, Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott), Mike Teunissen (Sunweb), Dylan Groenewegen, Amund Jansen (LottoNl-Jumbo), Matti Breschel, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis).

Notable absences from that move were Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) accelerated hard in front of the peloton on the Taaienberg, only to find some watchdogs neutralising his efforts. Despite some work from Bahrain-Merida, the gap grew up to 45 seconds when approaching the Oude Kwaremont. Lutsenko and Lampaert were setting the pace on the long cobbled climb.

The Paterberg turned out to be Quick-Step Floors' battleground. In front, Lampaert led the first part of the climb before teammate Gilbert accelerated on the final section of the short but steep cobbled climb. Durbridge, Lutsenko and Lampaert were the only riders who managed to keep up with the Belgian champion.

Back in the peloton, there was another attack featuring Stybar and Terpstra. The other teams were left without an answer. Terpstra and Lampaert bridged up with the nine remaining riders of the former lead group. Further back, a group of 15 riders was coming closer. On the tenth climb of the day, the Vossenhol climb, the two chase groups came together and formed a peloton of 26 riders. The four leaders were co-operating perfectly and kept the first peloton at 45 seconds on the Vossenhol climb.

With little co-operation in the chasing bunch, the four leaders were allowed to extend and hold their lead. Quick-Step had the upper hand with two in the key move, and Gilbert and Lampaert did their best to soften up the other escapees. Gilbert struck first with a move on the final stretch of cobbles, Herlegemstraat. He was brought back but Lampaert was quick to react and made his own move soon after.

As Gilbert sat on the back, Durbridge and Lutsenko tried to catch the young Belgian. It looked like they might just do it but they appeared to give up when another injection of pace from Lampaert increased the distance.

Quick-Step almost always turns up to a race with plenty of options, but often they fail to convert that into victory. On this occasion, it the team managed to play it spot on and Lampaert ground out his first individual win since the 2015 season.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors4:47:26 
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:39 
3Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
4Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott  
5Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:03 
6Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
8Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
9Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
10Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
12Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team  
13Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
14Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
15Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
16Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
17Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
18Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
19Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
20Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
21Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors  
22Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
23Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
24Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
25Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:01:08 
26Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo  
27Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott  
28Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:35 
29Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:51 
30Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:54 
31Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
32Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
33Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
34Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
35Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac  
36Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
37Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
38Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
39Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
40Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
41Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
43Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
44Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
45Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
46Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
47Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
48Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
49Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
50Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
51Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
52Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
53Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
54Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
56Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
57Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
58Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
59Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
60Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
61Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
64Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
65Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
66Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
67Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
68Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
70Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
71Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
72Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
73Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
74Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
75Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
76Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
77Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
78Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:02 
79Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
80Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
81Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
82Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
83Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
84Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
85Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
86Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
87Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
88Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
89Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
90Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
91Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:08 
92Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
93Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:13 
94Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:04:32 
95Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
96Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
97Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
98Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
99Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
100Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
101Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
103Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
104Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
105Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
106Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
108Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
109Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
110Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
111Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
112Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac  
113Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
114Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
115Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie  
116Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
117Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
118Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
119Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
120Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
121Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
122Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
123Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
124Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
125Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
126Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
127Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
128Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
129Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
130Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
131Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
132Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac  
133Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
134Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
135Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
136Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
137Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb  
138Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:41 
139Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
140Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:53 
141Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:08:44 
142Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
143Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
144Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
145Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
146Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
147Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
148Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
149Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
150Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
151Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
152Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
153Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
154Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
155Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:10:21 
156Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
157Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
158Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
159Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
160Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
161Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
162Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFIon Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFAntoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFSjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMichael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFIvan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFLawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
DNFThomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  

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