“I can only be happy,” said the 22-year-old Belgian, who crushed the competition on Wednesday at Gavere. “A first title is always important. You have to gain experience on a time trial bike and working very hard on such a bike is not always pleasant. I had been aiming for this title for a few years and I I have already been close several times”, analyzed Evenepoel, 3rd in 2019 and 2nd in 2021. The course was quite short but difficult. You had to be focused.”
The resident of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team dominated his opponents but he also had to fight the elements. Indeed, he lost his bottle at the very start of the race, after barely a kilometer. “It was obviously not planned and far from ideal because I had a very dry mouth at the end. I cursed a bit but tried to manage it without worrying too much,” explained the new champion of Belgium.
He finally beat, in a time of 40:22.902 at the end of the 34.8 kilometer course, his Wolfpack teammate Yves Lampaert, author of a fast start. “I was able to keep a constant rhythm, against or against the wind. I also maintained my position, with my head between my arms. I felt like I was flying at times, I was confident. I I even proved that I had learned to better understand the technical parts”, punctuated Remco Evenepoel, impatient to shine in his new tricolor jersey.