Remco Evenepoel’s good form continued Saturday afternoon, at the Brussels Cycling Classic, which took place over a 205.3km revamped course that included a double ascent of the mythical Muur-Kapelmuur and Bosberg climbs.
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Victorious just two days ago at the Druivenkoers Overijse, the 21-year-old rider was part of a small group that attacked from the peloton with more than 60 kilometers to go, bridged across the remnants of the original breakaway and quickly put one minute between them and the field.
The newly-formed leading group worked well together, and despite the slippery roads and being whittled down to just seven men after the second time up the Muur and Bosberg, they continued to add to their buffer, which showed two minutes with 20 kilometers to go.
A moment of confusion, with five riders taking the wrong way at a road junction left only Evenepoel and fellow countryman Aimé De Gendt (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) in the lead. Shortly afterwards, on the outskirts of Brussels, Evenepoel lifted himself from the saddle and putting in a ferocious attack that dispatched his companion.
Alone at the front for the final 10 kilometers, Evenepoel threw a quick glance over his shoulder before going into time trial mode and powering to his 20th victory.
“It was a hard race, and the weather conditions didn’t help. I didn’t feel 100% recovered from my effort in Overijse, which is quite normal, but I had good legs and joined that move that proved to be decisive. Then came that strange moment, when most of the guys took a wrong turn, and we were only in two at the front as we passed my hometown, which was really special and gave me a lot of motivation”, said Evenepoel.
— BrusselsCycClassic (@BrusselsCycClas) August 28, 2021