Dutchman takes win in velodrome at end of dramatic race
Yves Lampaert’s chances ended after catching spectator’s hand
Six months after finishing the Paris-Roubaix outside the time limit, Dutchman Dylan van Baarle has won the gruelling one-day classic, an event that saw Yves Lampaert’s chances of a podium place ended in the closing kilometres after a bizarre collision with a roadside spectator.
Van Baarle, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and second in the Tour of Flanders two weeks ago, emerged victorious in the Vélodrome André-Petrieux at the end of the 257.2km ride from Compiègne. His victory came at a record average speed of 45.79kph (28.45mph) and marks his team’s most prestigious result in a one-day race. The 29-year-old beat Belgium’s Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma into second place, 1min 47sec behind, on his return to competitive action after a bout of Covid-19. Stefan Küng of Switzerland and Groupama-FDJ came home third, given the same time.
Lampaert, of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, had been firmly in contention for a podium place with 8km remaining but endured a heavy fall after clipping the hand of a spectator who was clapping next to the cobbled surface. The Belgian rider tried vainly to keep his balance but his bike flipped and he went down hard, though he appeared to escape serious injury and managed to get back on his bike, eventually finishing 10th, 2min 59sec down on Van Baarle. Yves Lampaert after the finish line, having recovered from his heavy fall. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images […]