With each of the victories Luke Lamperti racked up over the past few years, at home and abroad, his future came into sharper focus: the 20-year-old from Sebastopol was bound to ride in the WorldTour, the big leagues of bike racing.
The only question was when. Lamperti might have made the jump in 2022, after his second strong season with Trinity Racing, an Under-23 squad based in the United Kingdom.
His decision to stick around for a final season with Trinity has paid off handsomely. By winning a remarkable eight races in the first half of this year, the 2021 graduate of Cardinal Newman High School drove up his value considerably.
On Wednesday, the Belgian team Soudal-Quick-Step announced it had signed Lamperti to a two-year contract.
“We have known Luke for some time now and we are delighted that he decided to turn pro with us,” said Soudal Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere in a statement released by the team .
“He’s one of the most talented riders coming from the U23 ranks, he has a lot of potential, and a big love for the Classics, so he’s in the right place to discover the Belgian one-day races and develop. We look forward to the next two years.”
“I looked up to this team since I was a really little kid and I’m really excited to join them and see where this takes me,” Lamperti said in the statement.Founded in 2003, Quick-Step has amassed over 900 wins at the sport’s highest level.While its riders have won […]