Ridley at its best: 2 Silver medals and a first ever professional Bronze

Our World Championship heroes: Campenaerts, Lambrecht & Van Moer
Three World Championship medals. Never have the UCI Worlds been so fertile for Ridley. A silver medal for Brent Van Moer's Dean FAST in the U23 ITT on Monday and another silver for Bjorg Lambrecht's Helium SLX in the U23 road race on Friday. But the cherry on the pie was Victor Campenaerts' Belgian Blue bullet time with his Dean FAST on Wednesday. For the first time in Ridley's history one of our athletes was on the men's professional podium. Kudo's to Vocsnor and both our U23 talents!

Pre-race predictions weren’t in favor of Campenaerts. Although Vocsnor (his nickname) prefers longer time trials over shorter equivalents, the climb at the end of the 52,1 km long track dampened expectations a little. Top 5 was the goal, which would convert him into the best Belgian cycling time trialist ever. Two riders, Leif Hoste and Stijn Devolder, managed to finish 6th in the past. But we all know Campenaerts mindset and focus. It would become a close call.

The three last starters in Austria were Campenaerts, Dennis and Dumoulin. Polish specialist Kwiatkowski had the best interval time, but European and Belgian champion Campenaerts managed to beat his time by 30 seconds. The bronze medal couldn’t slip away anymore. But gold seemed out of reach, with Rohan Dennis stripping almost another minute and a half of Campenaerts’ time. But then, what would it be? Bronze or silver? The clock was counting. Dumoulin was almost arriving at the same average speed as Campenaerts. Only a slight difference. Again in disadvantage of our Belgian Blue bullet. He missed the second podium spot with half of a second, but above all he won the bronze medal.

With this bullet time he definitely earned himself the title of ‘World Class’ in this rock hard discipline of cycling. Victor’s on his way to the absolute top and according to us he will only grow stronger. Together with his Dean FAST

Succession secured?
In the U23 category two riders dropped a Silver medal in Ridley's pocket: Brent Van Moer in the ITT and Bjorg Lambrecht in the road race. The first is a tall and strong athlete who's currently riding for Lotto Soudal's development team. The latter has made his debut in the professional peloton in 2018 riding for Lotto Soudal. The small climber has already managed to win a stage during this year's Tour des Fjords (2.HC), beating Albasini and Boasson Hagen in a steep uphill finish. Lambrecht also showed his potential during the last Vuelta, while finishing strong in a couple of uphill finishes. One-week tours and mountain stages will also be his main focus of 2019.

Our 2018 Innsbruck World Championship heroes have brought Ridley 3 medals, what has never been equaled before. A performance to never forget for Ridley!

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