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The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:52 »
So now that Remco became the very first Junior World Champion both in ITT and in the in-line race since the 1994 creation of the ITT Worlds, time to dedicate a thread to him.

Remco Evenepoel is the son of Patrick Evenepoel who won the 1993 GP Wallonia, his greatest victory.

Last year I discovered a YT clip of Evenepoel sr 's victory:
With commentaries by a young Rodrigo Beenkens of RTBF and the late Claude Criquielion.

Patrick Evenepoel seemed to have made a great Tour of Spain before (when still raced in April/May, the GP Wallonia back then was held on Ascension Day) attacked on the first ascent of the Citadelle and his teammate Benjamin Van Itterbeeck blocked the chase (while he was meant to be his leader). At that time they had to climb it twice in the finale and finish was on the "Esplanade" a bit lower on the climb than it is today. Brings back memories of former riders too: Mario De Clercq was still a full time road racer and Mexican Miguel Arroyo who like Patrick could not match expectations due to the EPO era.

Patrick was born in Etterbeek, so a pure-blood Brusseler, with Dutch as first language but extremely fluent in French, just like Remco. There aren't too many riders coming from Brussels. Jean-Marie Wampers who was his DS at Collstrop at that race is another case. You can also think of Philippe Thys, Eddy Merckx could be considered Brusseler while Émile Daems was born in Wallonia but raised in Brussels if I'm not mistaken. According to this Het Laatste Nieuws article about Remco, Patrick was able drop the likes of Gianni Bugno and Michele Bartoli uphill as an amateur rider. However I question the reliability of this article. It says that Patrick turned pro in 1989 while he did in 1992 and Bugno was already a pro rider when Patrick joined the amateur ranks (so perhaps that happened in an open race).

Anyway Patrick Evenepoel had to retire from professional cycling after three seasons (1992, 1993 & 1994) under advise from cardiologist Pr. Brugada (who later adised Johan Vansummeren to retire) as he had to start training harder and harder to keep up with EPO dopers.

During yesterday's live coverage, José De Cauwer claimed that Patrick did not leave cycling disappointed. "If it's the way it is", he said. He could start his own plaster work business right away after.

Remco Evenepoel started playing football at age 5. He was born in Schepdael, which is just outside Brussels, close to the Anderlecht district of Brussels. So naturally he played for Anderlecht, then 4 years in the Netherlands at the PSV Eindhoven (at age 11) was selected for the national team and then back to Anderlecht, but too often sitting on the bench due to an injury, moved Mechelen in early 2017 but lost the pleasure and retired from football before the end of the season. So he cycled for the first time on 2 April 2017. Five days later he came second in the Provincial ITT championship (Flemish Brabant), lost a lot of time at the start as he missed two turns. In August he wins the queen stage at the Tour of the Basque Country and another stage at Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize (2.1), a nice Ardennes stage. The rest is history 34 victories in 44 race days.  :o

Lire la suite : https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/60619/le-coup-d-envoi-de-remco-evenepoel

According to testing, Remco is more a classic rider but he considers himself a GT rider, good climber and as we could see a terrific ITT (so far). He'll have a contract with Quick Step next year, straight from junior ranks to elite, so let us see.
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 15:28 »


    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20181005_03813205

    Remco Evenepoel: “Ik heb nog nooit alcohol gedronken. Ook geen champagne bij mijn wereldtitel”

    Remco Evenepoel: "I still have never drunk any alcohol. Not even champagne after my world title"  :cool

    Along with yours truly, Remco is among the very few alcohol haters in Brussels.  :lol Though I did drink but occasionally and not with great pleasure.  ;)

    “Ja, ik ga geld verdienen volgend jaar. Maar het is de bedoeling om een zo stabiel mogelijk leven te leiden. Ik zou bij manier van spreken ook gratis profrenner willen zijn.”

    "Yeah I'm going to earn money, next year. But the aim is to lead a life that is as stable as possible. So to speak I could also have been a pro rider for free."  :o
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #2 on: October 07, 2018, 12:07 »
    "Yeah I'm going to earn money, next year. But the aim is to lead a life that is as stable as possible. So to speak I could also have been a pro rider for free."  :o
    Remco, Remco ...
    It's great to see that he knows that money isn't everything, and therefore is unlikely to chase the biggest contract without regard for whether it's actually a good offer on the sporting side.

    But without any money, nothing is anything - he should definitely take the money they offer him.
     :)
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #3 on: March 28, 2019, 21:25 »
    uhm and now... this can't be the way for developing a young rider, can it?

    https://twitter.com/cyclingweekly/status/1111365098503835649
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #4 on: March 28, 2019, 23:02 »
    Pat’s not particularly up with modern parenting I shouldn’t think.
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 08:04 »
    there was a bit of it in Belgian press this week. Interesting that Cycling Weekly picks up a story one or two days after it has been negated already ;).

    What they say is correct though, Evenepoel is 3kg or 4kg heavier than last year, but apparently it was not meant to be said in a negative way, more like stating facts, and putting results into perspective

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190327_04284797
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 09:48 »
    Quoted for context:
    Didn't this issue just come up with a young rider? I can't seem to remember who it was, or where that post is.


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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #7 on: August 04, 2019, 01:05 »


    So he cycled for the first time on 2 April 2017.
    Five days later he came second in the Provincial ITT championship (Flemish Brabant), lost a lot of time at the start as he missed two turns. In August he wins the queen stage at the Tour of the Basque Country and another stage at Aubel-Thimister-La Gleize (2.1), a nice Ardennes stage.

    The rest is history 34 victories in 44 race days.  :o

    That is really quite astounding!  :cool

    https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1157675156212465665

    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1157675361645355008
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #8 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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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #9 on: August 04, 2019, 13:02 »
     Classy move.
    No, not the race winning attack.
    Ditching his long term girlfriend just before moving to Monaco. :s
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #10 on: August 05, 2019, 04:03 »
    High praise, indeed. I'm just not sure how anyone can live up to these kinds of expectations.

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    Evenepoel’s victory generated headlines across Europe and not just in his native Belgium, where, during the week, copious column inches had already been dedicated to his decision to move either to Andorra or Monaco in the coming months. “A Star Is Born,” trumpeted the headline in La Gazzetta dello Sport, while L’Équipe heralded “the emergence of an ace.”

    On social media, outgoing French national coach Cyrille Guimard was enthusiastic in describing the qualities of Evenepoel, a rider he first observed at the Trophée Centre Morbihan last year. “He’s not the new Merckx but Merckx plus Hinault with a taste of Bernal and [French footballer Kylian] Mbappé,” Guimard wrote on Twitter. “A pity for those who dream of winning the Tour after 2020 or of winning the Olympics in Tokyo.”

    Roger De Vlaeminck has never been shy of casting a critical eye over his successor in Belgian cycling, but he joined the chorus of praise for Evenepoel following his San Sebastian victory. De Vlaeminck himself won a Classic in his first season as a neo-professional – Omloop Het Volk in 1969 – though at the age of 21.

    “I said for years that we had two super athletes with Van der Poel and Van Aert. This year it has finally been proven, and a third has now been added with Remco. He and Van Aert are the two future champions we have in Belgium.”

    It's endlessly fascinating how there's always new talent emerging. But only in the rarest of incidents does the promise of greatness actually materialize. Only time will tell with Remco, although he's certainly off to a good start.
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #11 on: August 05, 2019, 16:02 »
    If it doesn’t work out for him individually, he can always get a role on the Ineos mountain train.
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #12 on: August 11, 2019, 21:36 »
    Ditching his long term girlfriend just before moving to Monaco. :s

    So apparently nothing has been decided about the move to Monaco yet. Perhaps he might even stay in Belgium but at the moment he and his team consider moving to Andorra along with Julian Alaphilippe, which would be a perfect place as you can sleep at 1,800m high.
    https://www.wielerkrant.be/nieuws/2019-08-09/lefevere-heeft-optie-in-contract-al-gelicht-met-handshake-remco-en-zijn-ouders-zullen-hun-woord-nooit-breken

    Remco has also agreed to extend his contract with Quick Step until 2022. Remco and his family wouldn't break their word, says Lefevere.
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    Re: The Remco Evenepoel Evolution Thread
    « Reply #13 on: August 12, 2019, 03:57 »
    High praise, indeed. I'm just not sure how anyone can live up to these kinds of expectations.

    It's endlessly fascinating how there's always new talent emerging. But only in the rarest of incidents does the promise of greatness actually materialize. Only time will tell with Remco, although he's certainly off to a good start.
    You are absolutely right. But this time, I think we do have a mother lode of talent coming of age. I've got nothing but intuition to back it, but what I'm feeling is that we've got talent like we haven't seen in 30 years or more. Meh, who knows, I'm probably wrong! But, hey, they make it fun to speculate.
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