Remco Evenepoel takes first pro victory in Tour of Belgium in front of his parents: That was just so beautiful
Jun 14 2019 01:53 am CET

Remco Evenepoel takes first pro victory in Tour of Belgium in front of his parents: That was just so beautiful
Remco Evenepoel takes first pro victory in Tour of Belgium in front of his parents: That was just so beautiful
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken his first professional victory at the second stage of the Tour of Belgium. The rider escaped with 20 kilometres to go and crossed the finish line on his own.

The 19-year-old -who this season moved from the junior ranks- showed his strength in the difficult route of the stage, which included cobblestone sectors and demanding hills, including the Kapelmuur. Evenepoel took his chances with 20 kilometres to go when he performed an acceleration and left the others behind.

The rider crossed the finish line ahead of his teammate Fabio Jakobssen. "It's my first pro win and it really means a lot to me," he commented. "When I crossed the finish line, I saw my parents and that was just so beautiful. For me, it's very important that they were here and I could share this moment with them. It's incredible when you see the names here at the start, I never thought I could actually win my first race here, despite bringing a good form into the race.

"The harder the race was, the better I felt, so I tried to save my legs as much as possible during the stage, especially as I knew I could do something in the finale. That's what I did on the penultimate climb and I felt it was the perfect moment, as behind me they had some doubts and were looking at each other. Having done a recon last week, I knew the parcours and I pushed hard going into the corners as the kilometres ticked down."

The Belgian also took the lead of the General Classification of the race. "The race is far from being over and I really don't think about the GC," Evenepoel explained. "I just want to enjoy this moment together with the team. Thirteen is supposed to mean bad luck, but surely, not for me. I love this number, it's my lucky number and winning on June 13 with bib number 13 on my back and on home, turf makes it even more special."






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