Lampaert finishes 1st ahead of Van Aert in opening time trial

The Fleming Yves Lampaert was the surprise winner of Friday’s Tour de France’s opening time trial. It was the biggest victory of 31-year-old Lampaert’s career so far. He was the best of the bunch in Copenhagen. 

He was the best of the bunch in Copenhagen. He started after all the favorites and overtook fellow Fleming Wout van Aert by 4 seconds. Lampart crossed, crossing the course in 15 minutes, 17 seconds.

Lampaert could scarcely believe it when he realised that he had won. He wiped away tears of joy and put his hands on his mouth.

Speaking after his surprise victory Yves Lampaert said “My mind is exploding. I came here with the expectation that a top-10 place would be great. Now I’ve beat all the best riders in the world. I’m just a farmer’s son from Belgium. I never expect it to do this.”

Tadej Pogacar came in 3rd, 7 seconds behind. The World Time Trial Champion, the Italian Filippo Ganna was 4th.


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