Evenepoel: ‘I can’t put into words how happy I am’

KNOKKEHEIST BELGIUM JUNE 10 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Blue leader jersey during the 90th Baloise Belgium Tour 2021 Stage 2 a 112km Individual Time Trial stage from KnokkeHeist to KnokkeHeist ITT baloisebelgiumtour on June 10 2021 in KnokkeHeist Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) after winning the stage 2 time trial at the Belgium Tour 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

It was Remco Evenepoel’s first win since that horrible crash at Il Lombardia and the 21 year old couldn’t have been happier. Recapturing that winning feeling, after 10 months that included a challenging rehabilitation, was always going to be a welcome moment for the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider but it was a victory made even more special because it came on home soil in the time trial on stage 2 of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

“I think tonight it will sink in and maybe the emotions will come out,” said Evenepoel. “Already now I start to feel it a bit. It’s crazy, it feels really good.”

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.