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Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
« on: August 04, 2019, 11:53 »
As I said in the Clasica San Sebastian thread, Rik Van Steenbergen is the other example I have in mind of a rider winning a high-regarded single-day pro race as a teen.

Winning the 1944 Tour of Flanders at age 19 years 7 months and 24 days. But this was during WWII when the field was very weak. So Remco's performance is much crazier. This being said, Rik I had also won the Championship of Flanders (Koolskamp) and the Nationals (on the road and on the track) before.

Henri Cornet won the 1904 Tour of France at age 19 years 11 months 20 days, following the disqualification of four riders.

Eddy Merckx only won a kermess in Vilvoorde as a teen while a pro.

In the Sporza live coverage, the commentator referred to Georges Ronsse winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège at age 19 in 1925 but that edition of Liège-Bastogne was strictly reserved to the so-called "indépendants" (at that time, amateur riders who could race with pros). So nothing to compare to Remco's achievement today.

I can't think a comparable performance at that age before really.
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