Clasica San Sebastian - Remco Evenepoel: In the last kilometres I had tears in my eyes
Aug 04 2019 04:46 am CET

Clasica San Sebastian - Remco Evenepoel: In the last kilometres I had tears in my eyes
Clasica San Sebastian - Remco Evenepoel: In the last kilometres I had tears in my eyes
Photo of Remco Evenepoel © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken a surprising and exciting victory at the Clasica San Sebastian.

The 19-year-old was the youngest rider in the 2019 edition of the Spanish race and surprised the tough competition by launching a strong attack in the last stretch of the course. He joined the attack of Tom Skujins and eventually was left alone, which he used in his advantage to take a solo victory in San Sebastian.

"I really can't believe was has just happened, I didn't expect it!" said the Belgian rider. "It's unbelievable! Winning this race was one of my dreams and now that I have done this, at my very first participation, all I can say is that it's just incredible and wonderful."

"On the narrow roads before the penultimate climb I lost a few positions and that's why I was distanced, but in the downhill, I went extremely fast and managed to come back. Then I decided to attack so I could be in front on the last climb and help Enric. But we went full gas and found out that we had a significant advantage at the start of the hill, so I kept going, while Enric did a marvellous job countering the moves."

The rider crossed the finish line 38 seconds ahead of the reduced peloton, which gave him enough time to enjoy the moment. "I came here for the experience and all of the sudden, with less than 20 kilometres to go, I was there fighting for victory," Evenepoel explained. "In the last 3-4 kilometres I had tears in my eyes and it was all very emotional because I realised that this was going to be one big and important moment of my career.

"I still can't believe it, it's something incredible and I will need a few days for everything to sink in. It's been a great race for us and I want to thank everyone in the team for the confidence they always give me and their fantastic support."

After this outstanding victory, the rider prepares to continue his season. "I will take part next week in the time trial race at the European Championships, another important event that I get to discover," he commented. "I don't know what to expect, but I am motivated to go there and give my best. I am also very happy that I will ride for the first time in a race on the new Specialized Shiv equipped with disc brakes.

"I have used it in training and it's incredibly fast, and this makes me super eager to ride it in an official competition."




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