Yves became a cyclist at the age of 17. After 11 years of judo, he earned his black belt and wanted to do something different. His cousin was a good cyclist at the time, and he decided to follow in his footsteps. “Cycling is a hard sport, and I like to be on the road and see a lot of things while working. Also, the Classics are not far from my home, which makes me love them even more. I love to ride on the cobbles”. “Lampy”, as friends and teammates call him, is a son of a farmer, which helped him develop a love for nature.
In 2017 – his third season with the team – he stepped up a notch and adorned his palmares with three big victories: Dwars door Vlaanderen (following a beautiful late attack), the National ITT Championships and a Vuelta a España stage, after Quick-Step Floors blew the peloton to pieces in the wind. “I feel that I’ve developed even more in the past season and became a more complete rider; I’m now much stronger in longer races, which was important for the Classics. I want to keep building on that, continue working for the team and seize the chance whenever I get it”, said Yves.
UCI Ranking: 41
#Top-10 positions: 2
Race distance covered: 4571 km
Days of racing: 26 days