Yves Lampaert was awarded his first Flandrien of the Year prize on Tuesday evening, in Ostend, after a season that saw the native of Izegem become the first rider in history to win Dwars door Vlaanderen on consecutive years, a triumph followed just two months later by the National Road Race Title in Binche, where he led home a Quick-Step Floors 1-2-4.
In September, less than two months after making his debut at the Tour de France – where he came close to a stage victory twice, in Roubaix and on the famous Champs-Élysées avenue – Lampaert helped Quick-Step Floors win the gold medals at the World TTT Championships in Innsbruck.
“This trophy means a lot to me, especially as it comes at the end of my best season since turning pro, one on which I am very motivated to build in 2019. I want to thank Patrick Lefevere and Quick-Step Floors for their trust and opportunities I get here, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I will continue to ride for the team and seize every chance that arises. I’m young, can still improve and I am confident that many more satisfactions will come in the near future”, a delighted Lampaert said after taking home the trophy.
Yves Lampaert became the third Quick-Step Floors rider to pick up the Flandrien of the Year award, after Paolo Bettini (2003, 2006, 2007) and Tom Boonen (2004, 2005, 2012).