Lambrecht secures young rider’s jersey in Critérium du Dauphiné!
Carl Fredrik Hagen third in closing stage!
Bjorg Lambrecht finished second in stage two of the Itzulia Basque Country. The stage from Zumarraga to Gorraiz featured various gravel roads and steep hills. Towards the end, Jelle Vanendert guided his young teammate to the front of a reduced peloton. Lambrecht seemed to be the strongest in the uphill sprint, but eventually he only had to let Alaphilippe pass and finished runner-up. The Lotto Soudal rider tells about how he experienced this stage.
Bjorg Lambrecht: “I think riding on these gravel roads was more pleasant at the front than at the back of the bunch. I actually enjoyed doing it, because I like technical courses like these. After the first long section, the peloton split, but afterwards my teammates were able to return. The team worked really hard today to keep me at the front. In the sprint I wanted to surprise the others and when I attacked, I immediately had a gap. I never looked behind, but I knew that Alaphilippe was still there. He passed me and I could not stay in his wheel. Nevertheless, I just kept sprinting until the finish line with all the strength I had."
“All in all, I am satisfied with this second place. This is the first time that I have achieved a podium spot in a WorldTour race, so I am proud of that. This morning, I did not think it would be possible, but now it is on my palmares. Tomorrow's stage is a bit similar, but less steep in the end. I will give my all again and I will see how it unfolds. I hope to have the same feeling I had today for the rest of the week. If I can go to the Walloon Classics in this shape, I will be able to help Tim Wellens and Jelle Vanendert really well. I trained hard to be good in this period. In Catalonia, I had some problems with my back, which obstructed me from going to the fullest. Meanwhile, things are getting better, so let's hope those problems are gone now.”
I hope to have the same feeling I had today for the rest of the week.