young Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel crowned world champion

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Remco Evenepoel was crowned cycling world champion in Wollongong, Australia, after a solo foray of more than thirty kilometers. The young Belgian beat Frenchman Christophe Laporte.

At 22 years old, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel was proclaimed world cycling champion on Sunday, September 25, in Wollongong, Australia. The Flemish offers his country his first world title in ten years after having already become, two weeks ago in the Vuelta, the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour since 1978.

Remco Evenepoel won solo with an advantage of 2 min 21 sec over the first peloton regulated by Christophe Laporte, after 266.9 km of a race held under bright sunshine and at the end of a raid of more than thirty kilometers.

“I’m super happy. I dreamed of being world champion. A monument, a classic, a Grand Tour, the World Cup…: I won it all this year, it’s incredible,” reacted the one who also won Liège-Bastogne. -Liège in spring and the Clásica San Sebastián this summer.

The Belgian succeeds Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, his Quick-Step teammate during the year, who had won the last two editions but was unable this time to join the fight for the top places.

“For me it is a mixture of many emotions. I took the time to imagine myself shirtless next week. It will make me appreciate even more the moments I had with this shirt,” commented “Alaf”, who warmly congratulated his successor, “today’s strongest”, upon arrival.

Abandonment of Mathieu van der Poel

The race was also marked by the early abandonment of Mathieu van der Poel, one of the big favorites but who ran out of steam after about thirty kilometres, after being detained by the police and having spent part of the night at the police station.

The Dutchman is accused of pushing two teenagers who prevented him from sleeping in the corridor of his hotel room. Taken to the police station and charged with two counts of “assault”, he is due to appear in Australian court on Tuesday.

Remco Evenepoel made the difference with 35km to go by breaking out of a group of 25 riders who had taken the lead and were some two minutes ahead of the group of main favourites.

Very restless from the start of the stage, impressively powerful, Evenepoel was only accompanied by the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, whom he later knocked down.

“I felt I was the strongest, there was no time to lose on a circuit like that. Afterwards, I kept pushing,” Evenepoel explained.

belgian revenge

Switched to time trial mode, the bronze medalist in last Sunday’s “chrono” has continued to extend his lead to earn the right to savor his feat for a long time to come. He crossed the line with his finger in his mouth, as if to silence the critics, many in his country.

For Belgium, in fact, it is a brilliant rematch of last year, when the team had liquefied at home under pressure and the rivalry between Remco Evenepoel and Wout Van Aert.

The other great Flemish leader, fourth on Sunday, will therefore have to wait at least one more year to aspire to get the rainbow jersey that makes him dream.

“Today we ran as a team, it was for him or for me. The attack from afar paid off, we deserved it,” Evenpoel commented.

Les Français, qui avaient animé tout le début de course et comptaient trois coureurs dans le groupe de tête (Bardet, Sivakov, Pacher), n’ont pas réussi à revenir sur Evenepoel mais voient leurs efforts récompensasés por la médaille d’argent de Christophe The door.

“When I crossed the line, I didn’t really know where I was (…). We can be very satisfied. Not everything was perfect, but Remco was really the strongest today,” insisted the Jumbo-Visma pilot. .

with AFP

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