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Lamperti: US criterium title a bonus but road race is the main goal

Lamperti: US criterium title a bonus but road race is the main goal

(Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography) In 2021, Luke Lamperti became the youngest US Pro Criterium champion in history when he blasted to the victory in Knoxville,…

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(Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

In 2021, Luke Lamperti became the youngest US Pro Criterium champion in history when he blasted to the victory in Knoxville, taking an upset win over the dominant teams most of whom were caught up in a massive crash in the last lap. Lamperti has since gone on to show the result was no fluke, taking a hard-fought victory in the British NRC race, the Rapha Lincoln GP. Upon his return Stateside, he won the last race of Tulsa Tough and the overall Omnium title.

Lamperti heads to the US Pro Championships with a target on his back now but says a repeat victory in the criterium is not his main focus.

"I’d rather win the road race – the crit is a bonus. I love to race crits but my main goal is the road race at nationals," Lamperti tells Cyclingnews.

After two seasons with Trinity Racing, hitting all of the major under-23 races, Lamperti says he’s ready to take the next step and hopes to get a neo-pro position in a WorldTour team for 2023. A US Pro road race title would help strengthen his bargaining position.

"That would be a huge step – to win the road race at US Pro would be a big step toward that," he says. "I’d like to get in the WorldTour if the second half of the season goes well."

Lamperti raced the hilly Knoxville road race circuit last year but dropped out before the finish. The heat and the […]

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