Evenepoel wins time trial title at European Championships
08 August 2019 01:18
Remco Evenepoel won the elite men's individual time trial at the UEC European Championships in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, on Thursday. The 19-year-old Belgian sat in the hot seat overcome with emotions after securing the victory in 24:55 to beat Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) by 18 seconds and Edoardo Affini (Italy) by an additional two seconds. Evenepoel dedicated the victory to his compatriots Bjorg Lambrecht, who died following a crash at the Tour de Pologne on Monday, and Stef Loos, who was killed in a collision with a van during a race in March. "I talked to everyone in the Belgian cycling team and told them I'm taking the start today for some stars in the sky, I did it so, this is not my victory," Evenepoel said in a post-race interview. "This is a victory for Bjorg and Stef, and my teammates."ADVERTISEMENT Evenepoel raced in the junior ranks last year, winning the individual time trial at the European Championships. He went on to win the junior world titles in the time trial and the road race at the Innsbruck World Championships. As one of the most promising up-and-coming talents, Evenepoel signed a contract to compete on the WorldTour with Deceuninck-QuickStep this season. His victory in the elite men's time trial in Alkmaar can be added to a series of achievements this year that includes an overall victory at the Baloise Belgium Tour, a stage win at Adriatica Ionica Race and his most recent victory at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian. "This is incredible," Evenepoel said of his time trial victory. "Last week San Sebastian and now this, I can't believe it."
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