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They sat open-mouthed watching Remco Evenepoel’s tour de force. Karl Vannieuwkerke and José De Cauwer were deeply impressed by the 22-year-old Belgian in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “This is winning with a golden edge.”

Karl: Three Belgians on the podium. Do we have a day that can be considered a national holiday, José? Or a backup anyway.

José: “Yes, maybe not a national holiday completely. But for cycling it is.”

Karl: “Have you seen better shows than this one?”

José: “No, and certainly not in the way. It was really old-fashioned, we wanted to experience this again. From the Redoute. Fantastic.”

Karl: You have to bundle a number of qualities to achieve such a performance. You have to be able to climb well, you have to have a break in the legs on a stretch uphill and you also have to be able to hold it.

José: “You have to be able to dose, don’t you. You have to have taken in the course well. You have to go full, but not over the limit because then you stop. They also came close in the chase, but then they started towards each other and saw that no one was going to come back.”

Karl: “Does the part between La Redoute and the Roche aux Faucons say a lot about Remco Evenepoel’s performance? In that chasing group there were still some servants who could do something for the leaders. But they didn’t come any closer.”

José: “Matej Mohoric, Jack Haig, Mas, … all have bitten their teeth.”

Karl: “There was a lot to like about Remco Evenepoel’s performance in the Tour of the Basque Country where he was ridden from the leader’s jersey in the final stage. But that was actually a fantastic performance with that field of participants. Now this is added. “

Remco Evenepoel saved the spring of Quick-Step – Alpha Vinyl.

Karl Vannieuwkerke

Can we speak of a new start in Remco Evenepoel’s career? Part one before the fall in Lombardy, part two after the fall in Lombardy. And now he seems completely gone.

José: “If you see what happened before in the Tour of Algarve, where he rode Küng to one minute in a time trial. That was also a great achievement. Is this the best Remco Evenepoel we’ve seen so far? to have? He says yes. He should know, of course.”

Karl: “If it gets even better, the competition will have a big problem. It was fun, wasn’t it. I haven’t seen you this emotional for a long time. You really want such a ‘ket’ after everything that happened There is a lot of bitterness in the story, because he sometimes dares to do something in the peloton that does not belong there, but in the end everything falls into place.”

José: “I know the family a bit. I know how emotionally they sympathize with it. Then it is as if the whole world is against you. You try to do your best and maybe make small mistakes. Then you are alone in that the world with the fiancé, with Remco himself, with the team. And then today everything comes together in one go.”

The fact that Hermans and Van Aert did not dare to go along with Evenepoel on the Redoute only makes his performance even greater.

Jose De Cauwer

Karl: As Patrick Lefevere said: “You can only prepare a report after Liège-Bastogne-Liège.” Well, we are Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Evenepoel saved the spring of Quick-Step – Alpha-Vinyl.

José: “And especially with the way in which this is winning with a golden edge. This is the way we want to see it. Something old-fashioned. Quinten Hermans then comes second, Wout van Aert confirms that it may also be here one day succeed.”

Karl: We cannot emphasize enough what Quinten Hermans has done. He was phenomenal.

José: “He was already third on top of the Redoute, wasn’t he. He was there. He was not brought back, but he did it all himself. He didn’t dare go there, just like Wout van Aert. And that is what makes Remco’s achievement.” Evenepoel even bigger. Because those men there thought it wouldn’t work. And he does it anyway.”

Karl: “It has been since 1976 that we had a Belgian stage here. The chance that we will experience it again in our lives is small.”

José: “If it takes that long, in my case maybe not anymore. That was 46 years ago.”

Karl: “Then you are 119. Anyway, we are going to enjoy ourselves. Enjoy the success of the Belgians in Liège. One, two and three.”


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