Yves Lampaert (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) started the second part of his season last weekend after a disappointing spring. After an effective internship in the Sierra Nevada, he hopes to be able to put things right from now on.
“It was a good internship,” says Yves Lampaert. “It was very hot around Granada. By 3 p.m. it could be 38 to 40 degrees there,” he continues. “We sweated a lot, trained a lot and ate well.”
“I try to forget the spring as soon as possible and look ahead,” Lampaert continues. “Because it has also stuck mentally.”
The disappointment of spring cut in
“I got sick pretty early in the season,” says the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl rider. “People expect you to be 100 percent right away when you return, but that’s not possible.”
“You want to, but it’s not possible. I had a very hard time with that,” he continues. “I have been disappointed. Not just for myself, but especially for the team.”
That fall in Paris-Roubaix naturally stays with many people. “That was a shame, because I could have straightened out my season there,” said Lampaert. “It looked very spectacular, but luckily I didn’t have any problems physically.”
Lampaert has not heard anything from the supporter who caused the fall afterwards.
“I understand that,” says Lampaert. “I don’t blame that person, but above all let it be a signal to the supporters that they should pay more attention.”
As a judoka, Yves Lampaert manages to break his fall.
“I want to show in the coming weeks that I am worthy of my place”
Lampaert already participated in Dwars door het Hageland and the Elfstedenronde in Bruges last weekend. Tomorrow he will start in the Baloise Belgium Tour.
“I want to put things right in the coming matches, also against the team,” he says. “I certainly hope to ride finals in the coming races. Hopefully I will prove that I am worthy of a place in the Tour de France.”
“The BC in Ingelmunster will stay with me forever”
Next Thursday, Lampaert will defend his Belgian time trial title in Gavere.
“Emotionally, that race in Ingelmunster was one of the best for me last year,” he recalls. “I really went through the wall, driven forward by the supporters. That will stay with me forever.”
This year will be completely different in Gavere. “That is Victor Campenaerts country”, laughs
lampaert. “I have seen that he has already trained a lot with the time trial bike. He has shifted the focus a bit to time trial again.”
Wout van Aert will not participate in Gavere. “But of course we have a serious candidate in Remco Evenepoel”, continues Lampaert. “Of course I also hope for myself, but I especially hope that the jersey can stay in the team.”
World Cup preferably in a combination road and time trial
Yves Lampaert also looks even further ahead to the World Cup in Australia.
“I hope to be there, but I do hope that I can combine the road and time trial. Otherwise it is a lot of investment, just for a time trial.”
“Because I also know my capabilities,” Lampaert continues. “I know that a top ten in the time trial should be possible at the World Cup, but a podium is difficult anyway.”
Wout van Aert has already said that he has doubts about the time trial at the World Cup. “That may well increase my chances,” says Lampaert.
Lampaert about his expiring contract: “I hope to show that I am worth my place”
Lampaert’s contract with Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl expires this year.
“It’s still early in the season, I haven’t talked to Patrick Lefevere yet,” he says. “Other teams have already contacted me, but I’m still waiting.”
“I hope to prove myself,” said Lampaert, “that I am worthy of my place in the team,” he continues.
“Of course, there is a price for every contract. I hope that I am valued by the team and that they do not forget what I have already done.”
Lampaert invests in padel courts
In the meantime, Lampaert is also looking forward to his own padel courts in Hulste.
“It is an investment together with some friends,” he says. “They are still under construction, but they have to be two covered areas, near the football stadium of Hulste. In this way I also want to give something back to the sport and the region”, says Lampaert.
“I have to be honest that I’m not that good at padel myself. As a cyclist, ball sports are always a bit more difficult. But maybe I should organize a demonstration match,” he laughs.