The Belgian talked about one of his most important wins and its significance.
Three weeks ago, fresh off a sensational victory at the Clasica San Sebastian, Remco Evenepoel took another outstanding win by capturing the gold medal in the individual time trial race at the European Championships. For the 19-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, it was an emotional and unforgettable success, for several reasons.
“I had a good feeling already during the warm-up. I was really focused, as I wanted to get the maximum out of my race. It had been a real cruel week for cycling with the loss of Bjorg Lambrecht and I wanted to take those stars for him and also for my former teammate, Stef Loos. I was focused, ready and gave absolutely everything with them in my mind. At the end, the moment that I knew I had won, the emotions came out of my whole body and the feelings I had were a mix of positive and sad vibes.”
Evenepoel’s eye-catching performance was the most recent in a line of victories he notched up in what turned out to be a monster of a year for the young neo-pro, one during which he achieved milestone after milestone and continued to impress everyone with both his talent and extraordinary mental power.
“The win in Alkmaar was really special, one that I will never forget. As I said before, I was really motivated and during the race I felt good and comfortable on my new Shiv, which helped me achieve this extraordinary performance. To get this win in my first pro year it’s a dream for sure and I’m very happy to wear this suit for the next 12 months”, concluded Remco, whose next appearance for the team will come at the Deutschland Tour (29 August – 1 September).
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