Baloise Belgium Tour
Stage 3: Beveren - Beveren
Belgium Friday 16 June 2023 15.2 km
Second place for Lampaert in Beveren
Yves Lampaert made it three consecutive days with a Soudal Quick-Step rider on the podium at our home race. After Fabio Jakobsen finished runner-up on the opening stage and then took the spoils twenty-four hours later, Yves showed his prowess against the clock in the 15.2km individual time trial that reshuffled the general classification.
Eighth overall at the start of the day, the two-time National Champion of the discipline produced a solid effort to average 52.56km/h and claim runner-up in Beveren, just twelve seconds behind Søren Wærenskjold (Uno-X), who took the victory with a time of 17:09.
As a result, Lampaert made a significant jump in the standings, up to third, just ten seconds behind first place. He is joined in the upper part of the ranking by teammate Casper Pedersen, another Soudal Quick-Step rider to impress in the time trial, which he concluded eighth, thus moving to fifth place.
“I had a very good start, but in the last four kilometers I really began to suffer and couldn’t keep the pace I had in the beginning. I can’t say I am disappointed, just that I would have liked to be closer to victory. All the riders with GC ambitions here wanted to do well in the time trial. We have two riders in a good position ahead of stage four, when we hope to be again up there”, said Yves.
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