Evenepoel: If you want to win, you have to attack, so I’m not going to stop attacking

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep)
(Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Remco Evenepoel has a habit of using numbers to illustrate his point, like when he recalled his winning attack on the Alto de Murgil at last year’s Clásica San Sebastian. “I think I was never under 450 watts,” Evenepoel said. Or when he described how he became European time trial champion five days later. “I pushed 400 watts average in the time trial,” he said. “For my weight, 61kg, that’s a lot.”

The 19-year-old garlanded his first season as a professional with five victories, but the extent of his impact on the sport is perhaps better represented by another number. When Deceuninck-QuickStep held its team presentation in Calpe on Friday, there were 73 accredited media on hand, an increase of roughly 30% on the turn-out twelve months ago.

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