Lampaert is not one of the team's big stars. Alaphilippe and Evenepoel are the most marketable guys, by far. The only guys with a huge ROI. No one else comes close. (Gilbert is old and off to Lotto). Does the team have the money to supply every rider with designer drugs?Evidence in this thread: 0. Oh look, there's Yves Lampaert, ending on an anonymous 5th place. Yes, he's riding for the same DSQ-team, that team of aliens. Sigh....
It's kinda interesting that Remco Evenepoel is -- and was -- way underpaid at DQS, if I understand Patrick Evenepoel's comments (re:Monaco) correcly. Given Remco's market value at the time - which had to have been huge already, it's certainly eyebrow-raising, if true. Remember when Taylor Phinney was making $1,000,000+ a year?
Quick-Step is not known as a GT GC-centric team, either. Nor as a team known for developing future GT winners. Not the most logical career choice, on first glance, but then again maybe it was.
I don't think he's the only young rider who's that mature re: his future goals. It certainly doesn't explain his most recent wins.The fact that he's superprofessional for his age, breaking up with his girlfriend to move alone to Monaco/Andorra for better training parcours at an age of 19 (an age where most teenagers sit at home with mom and dad), that's all irrelevant.
As for his girlfriend - we don't know what their relationship was like. It may not have been a big loss.