Remco Evenepoel achieved the biggest victory of his career by winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège. During the last 29km of the race, at the Côte de la Redoute he soloed to victory. As for the finale, this was a daring route, and the final climb required riders to mount their attacks carefully.
During the last stretch, Evenepoel dashed away from the experienced group of favorites and there was no sign of him afterward. It was like something took hold of him as he powered away from the group, the next thing we saw was him on top of the podium.
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Evenepoel got to share the podium with Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) who won the group sprint title and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). None could match the prowess displayed by Evenepoel at the final stretch.
Remco Evenepoel’s victory also salvaged his team’s Springs Classics campaign, but on the other front, there was also some heartbreaking news. Julian Alaphilippe had to leave the race in an ambulance because of a collapsed lung and a grizzly crash.
This amazing victory of his also hit the nail on his recovery journey from the infamous 2020 crash. Ever since then, he is consistent with the streak of wins. From the moment he started the race, there was no holding back Evenepoel.
After the race, Evenepoel said:
I think today was my best day on the bike maybe ever. The perfect day to have my best day on the bike, I guess.
It’s incredible. I’ve been suffering a lot, mentally and physically, over the last year and a half. Finally, this year I feel that everything is going well, everything is getting stable, and I’m getting back to the best Remco again. [QuickStep] always believed in me, even when I had difficult days like in Tirreno.
Evenepoel launched a fierce attack on the top of the Redoute and that allowed him to gain distance from the group of favorites. After the attack, he picked up the remnants one by one and even dropped Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) behind on the final ascent of Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.
This was a day completely dedicated to Remco Evenepoel, he was also the first Belgian winner since Philippe Gilbert in 2011. His performance and caliber were nothing ordinary, he showed everyone what it meant to be a champion.
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