Deceuninck-Quick-Step closes Tour de Slovaquie with stage and overall victories
Sep 22 2019 02:38 am CET

Deceuninck-Quick-Step closes Tour de Slovaquie with stage and overall victories
Deceuninck-Quick-Step closes Tour de Slovaquie with stage and overall victories
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step has finished a successful Tour de Slovaquie with a stage victory of Elia Viviani and an overall win of Yves Lampaert.

The recently crowned European champion crossed the finish line of the last stage at the Slovakian race ahead of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates), taking his 28th victory with the team. "I am very happy that I have won again," the Italian commented. "I knew I had to beat Demare so we could take home also the general classification and I'm happy that I helped my team this way.

"The guys delivered yet another perfect lead-out in what was again a fast finale, where I had Michael and Yves for company, and all I had to do was kick out with around 180 meters remaining and put the finishing touch to their impeccable work. After so many podiums here, it was the time to take a victory and I'm happy I could bring it in this beautiful European Champion jersey. We felt great in Slovakia, the home of our sponsor janom, and it feels nice to end the week on a high note."

Lampaert took the lead of the General Classification in the second stage and he successfully defended it until the end. The Belgian started the day seven seconds ahead of Demare, so the Frenchman needed a stage win to also top the overall standings, but with his second place he remained in the second position, at one second from Lampaert -the smallest gap in the history of the race.

"This is the second GC victory of my career, after the 2015 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, and it came following a beautiful but demanding week of racing, and that gives me even more pleasure," said the first Belgian to win the Slovak race. "Today was a bit stressful, as my buffer wasn't a big one, but thanks to the team's excellent work, who protected me from start to finish and chased down the break, and Elia's fine sprint, I can now savour this nice win. It's a result which boosts my confidence ahead of next week's World Championships in Yorkshire."




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