'It wasn't a lie' - Remco Evenepoel recovered from illness ahead of Tour de France debut

Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel (Image credit: Getty Images)

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)has denied that he feigned illness to avoid racing at the Belgian Championships last weekend ahead of his Tour de France debut.

Evenepoel withdrew from the road race on Friday, citing a minor illness, but he had been spotted reconnoitring the Tour’s stage 7 time trial to Gevrey-Chambertin earlier that day. Belgian riders risk a two-week suspension if they miss their national championships without providing a valid excuse.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.