Remco Evenepoel disappointed by Merckx criticism ahead of Worlds road race

Belgian Remco Evenepoel of Deceuninck QuickStep pictured ahead of a training session ahead of the UCI World Championships Road Cycling Flanders 2021 in Brugge Friday 17 September 2021 The World Championships take place from 19 to 26 September 2021 in several cities in Flanders BelgiumBELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
(Image credit: David Stockman/Belga/AFP/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert may be leading Belgium's challenge at the World Championships, but Remco Evenepoel who has hit the headlines in the days before the race, with the rider dubbed 'the next Eddy Merckx' coming under fire from the man himself.

Merckx, who won three rainbow jerseys back in the 1970s, told Het Nieuwblad that the 21-year-old shouldn't be in the Belgian team for the road race, calling him a selfish rider.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix