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“It is too crazy for words’

Reportage of A day in the trail of a new prof and phenomenon Remco Evenepoel

“It is too crazy for words’

The entrance of Remco Evenepoel in the profpeloton loves the whole cycling world is busy. On the press day of his team went out yesterday all the attention to the 18-year-old, who, however, calm continued: ‘I don’t know how it will run, sorry.’

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Directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters can be found Remco Evenepoel on training: ‘We should Like especially to protect themselves and support the less.’ photo news

Reportage of A day in the trail of a new prof and phenomenon Remco Evenepoel

“It is too crazy for words’

The entrance of Remco Evenepoel in the profpeloton loves the whole cycling world is busy. On the press day of his team went out yesterday all the attention to the 18-year-old, who, however, calm continued: ‘I don’t know how it will run, sorry.’

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Hugo Coorevits

CalpeDe media training Deceuninck-Quick Step was one large Remco Evenepoel-show. All remained in the Flemish-Brabant also at the elfendertigste interview yet as cool as in the first. Even before the wereldsterretje yesterday morning arrived in the dressing room renamed meeting room, threw photographers and camera crews to focus on his Specialized bike if it was stolen panel of the mystic Lamb suddenly in Calpe appeared.

When the supertalent of the Belgian championships later in his koersschoenen crawled, fired the cameras as if Evenepoel, for the first time the Tour had won. Pieter Serry, who by chance was sitting next to him, was the last nine profseizoenen never taken so many pictures as yesterday morning. ‘Hey, ‘Eddy’, da’s something other than a team presentation to the juniors, hey,’ joked Yves Lampaert when he the many journalists saw that around his very young teammate swarmed.

Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert, Enric Mas and Bob Jungels – yet no little guys – they got only a fourth of the attention and were happy that they were so free and undisturbed could prepare it. If you like Gilbert already your seventeenth year as a pro starts, then gun the barely 18-year-old crown prince in the spotlight. The Ardennes leader of Deceuninck-Quick Step know in this group of riders better than anyone in any circus the Promise of 2018 ” is ended.

Merckx, Boonen, …

“I hope that people will not think that I will immediately destroy everything, go drive, because that will not at all be the case’

Because it’s hard to Remco Evenepoel. Last year, he sat still, tasting the WorldTourploeg as tweedejaarsjunior – utterly anonymous in the back of the hall in the Suitopia Hotel in Calpe. As confident as yesterday, but still dreaming of his goals for 2018. That were four sweaters: the provincial, the national, the European and the rainbow jersey. Twelve months later, all of which are within and there is no 18-year-old cyclist worldwide as much recognition as he. Even Eddy Merckx and Tom Boonen had at that age not yet a name.

The French sports L’equipe had yesterday, at least as much attention for Evenepoel as for the own scrunchie Julian Alaphilippe. The Spanish Marca came for Enric Mas and… Evenepoel. RTL, Eurosport, all channels wanted to Remco for the camera. Patient continued to be the child prodigy of Schepdaal to repeat that he is for 2019 ‘has no purpose’. Even that he will not grieve as he made his first profseizoen without victory must shut down. “I still have to become more powerful, have a lot to learn. I’ll only squeal.’

Francis Van Eeckhout, ceo of Deceuninck Windows was tasty to laugh when he the media circus saw. But also old as Frans De Cock of Quick-Step Floors, Luc Maes of Latexco and the marketers of Lidl watched with a broad smile at the spectacle. After Boonen, Patrick Lefevere with Evenepoel again a rider with an immense star quality. “We are pleased that Remco at our drive,” said The Cock, who 21 years ago with a Quick Step in the cycle racing got. ‘Unbelievable’, said Wilfried Peeters, while he shook his head. The team leader was with Boonen however what just. It’s like those times, now revived. “We had two camera crews in training. Always they asked: We want to Evenepoel. Where is he in the group?

The teenager himself remained stoic and extremely professional. About watchful that he is above on the roof of the Suitopia Hotel not to far in the trip was, because on 27 January he must give all to the bin in the Round of San Juan. “I pull the I don’t like what they tell me. I especially want to grow and see how it works in the pros. For example, there is the distance. For the world cup, I have 140 miles to be trained, because the race of 135 miles. Yesterday we drove six hours, good for 191 km, but I had no trouble with it. I even think that I still have an hour or two could have doorfietsen… I find it somewhere logical that what is expected from me. It is my own fault. What I to the juniors showed, has never been seen before. I still think that it is very difficult to get to the pros directly. Two days ago we played a course on training and I have not once won. I was always the third of the five. Uphill I was, but in the sprint, and I had to let them go.”

‘After Argentina we already know, ” says Peeters. “Can you imagine that he would win a stage or a very good result drop? Is the kot in Belgium immediately too small. Everyone is talking about Eddy and Merckxiaans, but you should still be careful. We should Like especially to protect themselves and support the less.’

“I don’t know how it will run, sorry,” said Evenepoel shrugging. ‘On the flat, I have nothing to search. I must have a very heavy course, or an uphill finish. I’m also very curious as to what I can. I try all on that mountain in San Juan as long as possible. That is not superlastig, but still fifteen kilometers long. By five to six times through that wall to have to drive, I will set my boundaries. The team managers and coaches hold me to simply try to follow. And is there something possible, why not? Of course I want to be like everyone else like to have a race win this year, but it is absolutely not a must. Also without my season has not failed. I start with no pressure and no expectations for myself.’

Evenepoel may not yet nineteen, he showed himself yesterday to be a master at tempering the expectations of all the Belgians, and by extension all wielerfreaks. “The biggest change for me will be the way in which I viewed word. All races are on tv. If not you’re good, you’re immediately on the facts pointed out. Everyone recognizes me also. (shakes his head) It’s too crazy for words. I’m still a snotneus, but I get all that much media attention. I find that anoying for older colleagues. I hope simply that the people do not expect too much, that they don’t think that I will immediately destroy everything, go drive, because that will totally not be the case. I see it already happening: when I’m in one of the first races to solve, they go on to say: now, you See, it was all much too early. Give me just a few years.”

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