Remco Evenepoel: Wout van Aert has an edge in Belgian Olympic Games squad

MAARKEDAL BELGIUM JUNE 09 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep at start during the 90th Baloise Belgium Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1753km stage from Beveren to Maarkedal baloisebelgiumtour on June 09 2021 in Maarkedal Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel at the Baloise Belgium Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

At the airport, heading to Tokyo for the Olympic Games, Remco Evenepoel conceded that his Belgian teammate Wout van Aert may have the edge on him but that he too had got a few per cent better while training at altitude, which means the nation has every reason to pursue a dual leadership strategy in the road race. 

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider, who returned to competition at the Giro d’Italia in May after an eight month injury lay off, is on the five-man Belgian squad for the road race alongside Van Aert, who is currently serving up a powerful performance at the Tour de France. He took fourth place at the first Tour de France time trial, came second to Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a bunch sprint on stage 10 and the day after won stage 11, with its double ascent of Mont Ventoux.

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