The real Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, spoke about the victory of his compatriot Remco Evenepoel in the World Championships in Wollongong (Australia) this Sunday. According to him, nothing is impossible for flamingos.
The greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx, enjoyed the spectacle of his compatriot Remco Evenepoel to win his first senior rainbow jersey: “ One leg was above the others. I enjoyed seeing that, especially how he pulled it off. “said the Belgian on Sunday at theHet Laatste Nieuws.
He assures that his son Axel, also a former professional cyclist, knew 50 kilometers from the finish line that the Quick Step runner was going to win: “ It seemed a little early to tell, but when he dropped Lutsenko with 25km to go, he made it safe. “, specified the five-time winner of the Tour de France.
The Belgian veteran struggles to hide his impatience to see the new world champion in the Grande Boucle, since the latter has never participated in it: ” Of course, it’s up to him to decide, but why not the Tour? It is the tallest of all the Towers. »
Before projecting himself on the successes that the former footballer could aspire to: ” The five monuments? Yes, why not ? Of course, he is not the fastest sprinter and he will have to reach San Remo alone. The Paris-Roubaix won’t be easy either but maybe in a few years it will be possible. »
We are still far from all that but if the Belgian continues at your 2022 pace -a Grand Tour, a monument with Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a World Championship-, there is no doubt that he will add some fine lines to his list.