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2022 Tour de France | 2022 Giro d'Italia

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Yves Lampaert signs up for three more years with Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl has reached an agreement with Yves Lampaert, which will see him stay with the team until the end of 2025. The 31-year-old from Izegem has had a memorable 2022, with most remembering the unfortunate crash at his beloved Paris-Roubaix, which cost him a probable podium place. Equally emotional was the opening stage of the Tour de France, where Yves powered his way to victory in the individual time trial in Copenhagen and took the famous and coveted yellow jersey.

Yves Lampaert enjoying his time in yellow at the 2022 Tour de France. Sirotti photo

Having joined the team in 2015, Yves’ new contact reaches through 2025, meaning it will see him complete a decade with the team, where he has carved a niche for himself as a classic specialist, a powerful time trialist and a reliable domestique and teammate. His career has seen him take 15 individual victories so far, with as well as the aforementioned Tour de France stage victory, his palmares including wins also at the Vuelta a España, Tour de Suisse, Tour of Britain, Dwars door Vlaanderen (2017 and 2018) and Classic Brugge-De Panne. He is also part of an elite club of riders to have held both the Belgian National Road Race (2018) and Time Trial titles (2017 and 2021).

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Speaking in reaching his new agreement, Yves said: “I am really happy that I can stay for three more years with the team. I see the team as my family and I am aways really proud when can be successful, so let’s see if we can add some more in the coming years. I would like to thank Patrick (Lefevere) for the confidence that he has shown in me and I hope to repay that faith.”

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl CEO Patrick Lefevere reflected on the agreement when saying: “I am very happy that we could come to an agreement that will see Yves stay with the team. When we think of his last year, we think of what happened in Paris - Roubaix and being in yellow at the Tour de France, but the bigger picture is so much more than that. He has taken some big victories individually but he also works tirelessly for others and he is a huge part of our team and we are delighted that we will have him for three more years.”

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Ro De Jonckere becomes the only female GM in a men’s UCI elite team

Cycling Weekly posted this:

American UCI ProTeam cycling team, Human Powered Health, today announced that Ro De Jonckere will become the program’s general manager in 2023, the only female to hold the GM position in a men's UCI ProSeries team and at men's WorldTour races.

De Jonckere previously served as the program's European Operations Manager as part of her 20 years of experience across cycling.

The Belgian grew up in the sport. Her father was the marketing director for the Domo-Frites team — the precursor to Quick Step— and her neighbor was former Belgian pro and 2005 Gent Wevelgem winner Nico Mattan.

When Patrick Lefevere and his team needed an office manager, De Jonckere got her start in the cycling business.

"I had no clue about cycling. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a front and a back wheel but you grow into it very quickly," she recalls.

She ended up staying with the Quick Step program in various capacities for more than 12 years before taken the post as Head of Logistics at Team Qhubeka. After five years there, she joined Human Powered Health.

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