Remco Evenepoel blasts back with TT victory in Belgium

Belgian star hits winner's circle for first time since crashing at Il Lombardia last summer.

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Remco Evenepoel wasn’t going to be down for long.

Just weeks after his early exit from the Giro d’Italia, the Deceuninck-Quick-Step didn’t waste any time getting back into the winner’s circle.

After finishing second in Wednesday’s opener at the Baloise Belgium Tour (and donning the leader’s jersey), the 21-year-old roared to victory in a short individual time trial Thursday to tighten his grip on the overall.

“Yesterday I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t take the stage win, after working so hard. Today I really wanted to win the stage and I succeeded,” Evenepoel said. “There was a lot of headwind and it wasn’t easy, but I profited from being aero. It’s not my favorite course, but I wanted to set the fastest time.”

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The “W” was his first in 2021, and his first since winning the Tour de Pologne and then crashing at Il Lombardia in August. The TT win counts as his 15th pro win.

“I can’t put into words just how happy I am,” Evenepoel said. “This winning feeling is something that was missing since last year’s Tour de Pologne and I am relieved that I took the stage today. I went through some difficult months with the rehabilitation, so it feels quite nice to win in this discipline that I love so much and contribute to the team’s superb tally. Everyone here supported and believed in me, and for that I am grateful.”

Evenepoel finished two seconds faster than teammate Yves Lampaert, with Finn Fisher-Black (Jumbo-Visma), just 19, stopping the clock in third at 18 seconds slower.