Soudal Quick-Step reaches twenty victories this year.

Yves Lampaert took his first success of the season, and the 16th of his career, on the opening day of the Tour de Suisse, which consisted of a 4.8km flat but technical stage held on the streets of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.

The former Belgian Champion of the discipline was among the early riders to roll down the ramp and produced a fantastic ride despite the strong headwind in the second part of the course, averaging a stunning 56.19km/h and stopping the clock in 5:05, which put him firmly in the hot seat. Having set the benchmark early, Yves had to wait for more than two long hours to see if anybody could better his time, but none of the riders who finished after him improved Lampaert’s result.

It was Soudal Quick-Step’s 16th success at the Tour de Suisse – one of the oldest World Tour stage races – and one that saw 33-year-old Yves take not just the yellow jersey, but also the one awarded to the leader of the points classification.

“It’s a big result for me, as I have never expected to beat the Swiss time trial specialists, so that makes me really proud. I am happy for myself and for the team who believed in me, it feels great to get a World Tour victory, it’s something that gives me a lot of confidence. The prologue wasn’t easy, but I gave my best and found from the start a good tempo which I could keep until the finish. From that point on, I had to wait quite a lot in the hot seat, but it was worth it. It’s an honour to have the yellow jersey in a prestigious race such as the Tour de Suisse”, explained Yves, the first Belgian rider in eight years to lead the general classification here.

 

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Race details

1 Yves Lampaert
Soudal Quick-Step
5:05
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - EasyPost
0:03
3 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:04
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:07
5 Finn Fisher-Black
UAE Team Emirates
0:07
6 Samuel Watson
Groupama - FDJ
0:09
7 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education - EasyPost
0:09
8 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:11
9 Mauro Schmid
Team Jayco AlUla
0:11
10 Søren Kragh Andersen
Alpecin - Deceuninck
0:11
31 Louis Vervaeke
Soudal Quick-Step
0:16
73 Gil Gelders
Soudal Quick-Step
0:22
90 William Junior Lecerf
Soudal Quick-Step
0:24
121 Jordi Warlop
Soudal Quick-Step
0:27
132 Ayco Bastiaens
Soudal Quick-Step
0:30
162 Fausto Masnada
Soudal Quick-Step
0:46
1 Yves Lampaert
Soudal Quick-Step
5:05
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - EasyPost
0:03
3 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:04
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:07
5 Finn Fisher-Black
UAE Team Emirates
0:07
6 Samuel Watson
Groupama - FDJ
0:09
7 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education - EasyPost
0:09
8 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:11
9 Mauro Schmid
Team Jayco AlUla
0:11
10 Søren Kragh Andersen
Alpecin - Deceuninck
0:11
31 Louis Vervaeke
Soudal Quick-Step
0:16
73 Gil Gelders
Soudal Quick-Step
0:22
90 William Junior Lecerf
Soudal Quick-Step
0:24
121 Jordi Warlop
Soudal Quick-Step
0:27
132 Ayco Bastiaens
Soudal Quick-Step
0:30
162 Fausto Masnada
Soudal Quick-Step
0:46
1 Yves Lampaert
Soudal Quick-Step
12 pt
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - EasyPost
8 pt
3 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
6 pt
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
4 pt
5 Finn Fisher-Black
UAE Team Emirates
2 pt
1 Finn Fisher-Black
UAE Team Emirates
5:12
2 Samuel Watson
Groupama - FDJ
0:02
3 Mauro Schmid
Team Jayco AlUla
0:04
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Lidl - Trek
0:04
5 Jan Christen
UAE Team Emirates
0:06
6 Johan Price-Pejtersen
Bahrain - Victorious
0:06
7 Kévin Vauquelin
0:06
8 Frank van den Broek
Team dsm-firmenich PostNL
0:06
9 Jan Sommer
Swiss Cycling
0:07
10 Kim Heiduk
INEOS Grenadiers
0:08
32 Gil Gelders
Soudal Quick-Step
0:15
39 William Junior Lecerf
Soudal Quick-Step
0:17
1 UAE Team Emirates 15:42
2 EF Education - EasyPost 0:01
3 INEOS Grenadiers 0:09
4 Soudal Quick-Step 0:11
5 Lidl - Trek 0:12
6 Groupama - FDJ 0:12
7 Team Visma | Lease a Bike 0:15
8 Alpecin - Deceuninck 0:21
9 Team dsm-firmenich PostNL 0:22
10 Tudor Pro Cycling Team 0:23

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