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Super talent Evenepoel said Furiose Ardennes

With an impressive ride by the Ardennes, the Belgian Supertalent Remco Evenepeel has won its first large spring classic and the compatriots in cycling euphoria. The 22-year-old, in his homeland already celebrated as the new Eddy Merckx, gained the victory at the 108th edition of Liège Bastogne-Liège on Sunday after 257.2 kilometers and ten toxic climbs. He won alone in front of his two compatriots Quinten Hermans and Wout Van Aert. Evenepeel was only intended for his Liège premiere as a helper of World Champion Julian Alaphilippe, but after a serious fall of the French, the Jungtar had free ride.

Evenepeel cared at the Côte de la Redoute, the penultimate increase, for the preliminary decision, when he exaggerated with a powerful attack and in time driver manner to the greatest success. At the last climb, he then hung the French Bruno Armirail and had 38 seconds in the finish. In the finish he could hardly believe his luck and hit his hands in front of his face.

Pogacar had to fit because of mourning

On the other hand, the two Altstars and ex-winners Alejandro Valverde (41 years / Spain) and Philippe Gilbert (39 / Belgium) remained denied a podium place during their last Lütich participation. Defenders and Tour-de-France-Champion Tadej Pogacar had to fit short-term due to a mourning case in the family.

When Evenepoel came in the 2019 cycling, the speech was fast from a century talent. Already in his premier year he won the Clasica San Sebastian and became vice-world champion in time trial. Eventpoel is an all-rounder. At the age of 16, he played in the Belgian football junior selection, the half marathon he ran in considerable 1:13 hours. But Evenepeel moved it into cycling, a big career was programmed. The career king came a year later, when he broke the basin at the Lombardy tour and pausing well nine months.

Violent mass fall overshadows the race

19-Year-Old Wins De Brabantse Pijl After Massive Crash
The race was overshadowed at a good 62 kilometers of the goal of a violent mass crash, which made the hopes of world champion Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman complained of back pain and went to an ambulance. Thus, his bankruptcy series at La Doyenne, the oldest wheel classic, continued. The sincerely hoped for victory with his favorite race had gripped him 2021 pogacar on the last meters. A year earlier, Alaphilippe had already raised his arms to cheer when Primoz Roglic still passed over. Later he was even back on five because of a maneuver in the target sprint.

German drivers played after the disease-related cancellation of Maximilian Schachmann, the Liège third of 2019, no role.

Women: Van Vleuten wins for solo

Happy in the finish: Annemiek van Vleuten. Belga Mag / AFP Via Getty Images

In the women’s race, Liane Lippert (Friedrichshafen) drove to the eighth place. The vice-European champion was missing after 142.1 kilometers in the target 1:58 minutes on a solo winner Annemiek van Vleuten. The Dutch Time Right Olympic Champion, which is already 39 years old, sat down in Grace Brown from Australia and Landswoman Demi full ring.

Liège Bastogne Liège in Liège / Belgium (257.20 km):

1. Remco Evenepeel (Belgium) – Decuninck-Quick-Step 6:12:38 hrs.; 2. Quinten Hermans (Belgium) – Wanty-Gobert + 48 sec.; 3. Wout Van Aert (Belgium) – Jumbo Visa; 4. Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Colombia) – Ineos Grenadiers; 5. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Colombia) – Bora Hansgrohe; 6. Dylan TEUNS (Belgium) – Bahrain Victorious; 7. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain) – Movistar Team; 8. Neilson Powless (USA) – EF Education-EasyPost; 9. Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) – UAE Team Emirates; 10. Michael Woods (Canada) – Israel Prime Minister Tech;… 35. Simon Gasks (Freiburg im Breisgau) – Cofidis + 4:34 min.