2022 world champion Remco Evenepoel, born January 25, 2000 in Aalst, Belgium, turned professional with QuickStep in 2019, moving directly from the junior ranks to the WorldTour. His dominance at junior level rapidly transferred to the pro ranks. In his debut season, Evenepoel won the Clásica San Sebastián and the European time trial title, as well as a silver medal in the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.
Evenepoel continued in a similar vein in 2020, winning the Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Burgos and Tour de Pologne, but his season was cut short by a dramatic crash at Il Lombardia that left him with a fractured pelvis.
After a long rehabilitation, Evenepoel made his return to competition at the 2021 Giro d’Italia, where he jousted with eventual winner Egan Bernal in the opening half of the race before abandoning in the third week. He bounced back from the chastening experience with a string of solo successes, including when he lapped the field on a stage of the Tour of Denmark.
It was a sign of things to come in 2022. Evenepoel scored a remarkable solo victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April before building steadily towards the Vuelta a España, where he became Belgium’s first Grand Tour winner in 44 years. Two weeks after riding into Madrid in red, Evenepoel added the rainbow jersey to his collection with a remarkable lone effort to win the World Championships in Wollongong. Patrick Lefevere’s Soudal-QuickStep team is packed with talent for 2023, but Evenepoel is the undoubted centre of attention.
Winner 2022 UCI World Championships road race
Winner 2022 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Winner Clásica San Sebastián 2019 and 2022
Winner Tour de Pologne 2022
Winner Volta ao Algarve 2020 and 2022
Winner Brussels Cycling Classic 2021
Winner European Championships time trial 2019
Second place, World Championships time trial 2019
Third place, World Championships time trial 2021, 2022
What bike does Evenepoel use?
Evenepoel's so-far short professional career has been spent entirely astride Specialized bikes, and the majority of that time has been on the S-Works Tarmac SL7. However, due to his already glittering Palmares, there have been various commemorative colour schemes alongside standard team-issue bikes. Check out our feature detailing Remco Evenepoel's bike for a closer look.
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