On a rainy time trial around Copenhagen that had riders’ nerves jangling, trust a Flandrian to be in his element. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s ace Yves Lampaert had the power, speed and control on the 13.2km course.
His victory might have been a surprise against more fancied names, but it was a delight for those who love a modest strongman getting his dues.
There was double delight for his team on stage two. In Nyborg, sprinter Fabio Jakobsen finished off his team’s effort, capping two years of tireless work since his life-threatening crash at the Tour of Poland.
Within the race’s first three days, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s race was a success.