Tim Declercq wins 'Crystal Sweat Drop' top domestique award

LYON FRANCE SEPTEMBER 12 Caleb Ewan of Australia and Team Lotto Soudal Tim Declercq of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 14 a 194km stage from ClermontFerrand to Lyon TDF2020 LeTour on September 12 2020 in Lyon France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep) leads the peloton at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Deceuninck-QuickStep domestique Tim Declercq has won Het Laatste Nieuws' Crystal Sweat Drop award, part of the Kristallen Fiets (Crystal Bicycle) week, as the Belgian peloton's best domestique in 2020.

The 31-year-old retains the title he earned in 2018 and 2019, when readers also voted for him to win the award. During the season he was a fixture at the front of the peloton and a key rider for the Belgian powerhouse squad as they won three stages of the Tour de France, including two sprint wins and the green jersey from Sam Bennett.

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