Remco Evenepoel started the Belgian time trial with tricolor ambitions, but had to recognize his superior in team mate Yves Lampaert. Afterwards, the breed talent could not suppress his disappointment: “It is painful, I had set my mind on this.”
“I drove as fast as I could, but Yves was better”
“It is always nice when someone from the team wins, but I wanted to win myself,” Evenepoel reacted after his second place in the Belgian Championship time trial. He stranded 20 seconds from Lampaert.
“If anyone else could win, it would be Yves. I can’t say where the difference is. I drove as fast as I could, but Yves was just much better. I almost fell in the center of Izegem, that was a first mistake. On the second lap I made another mistake in a corner.”
On the way there was also a problem with a car, which suddenly drove into the road of Evenepoel. “That’s always bad luck. It’s a shame that can happen. I was confused, but that won’t have made the difference. Yves already had a big lead in the first lap and he only extended it.”
“This is a blow, there is still a lot of work to be done”
What does this mean for Evenepoel with a view to the Olympic time trial, where he is aiming for gold? “I have to say that this is quite a blow,” he sighed. “There is still a lot of work to be done, especially for the longer efforts.”
“It was very hot today, but in Tokyo I will find the same conditions. The humidity will also be worse. There is still a lot of work, but I’m going to let it sink in for now.”
It is not unusual for Evenepoel that things are not going smoothly yet, given his long rehabilitation. Is he putting too much pressure on himself? “I expect less of myself than the outside world expects of me.”
“When you go to a championship you want to win. If that doesn’t work, it’s always painful. Especially if you’ve set your sights on it. But it’s not the end of the world. The sun is shining, I’ll go for a good one soon ” crèmeke” eat and Sunday it’s already race again”, he put into perspective.
The sun is shining, soon I’m going to eat a good “cream” and it’s already race again on Sunday.