Sports Evenepoel puts on the rainbow after an exhibition in Wollongong

Evenepoel puts on the rainbow after an exhibition in Wollongong

The Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel has been proclaimed this Sunday world champion of the road race of the World Cycling Championships in Wollongong (Australia), a success that joins his recent conquest of La Vuelta a Espana and that makes him one of the few riders capable of winning a ‘monument’, a grand tour and a world championship in the same year.

Evenepoel, 22, managed to make the cut caused by the French team with five laps to go on the 266.9-kilometer route between Helensburgh and Wollongong, and on the penultimate ascent of Mount Pleasant he got rid of his main rival , the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, to leave alone.

Thus, he crossed the finish line 2:21 ahead of the Frenchman Christophe Laporte, who took the silver medal, while the Australian Michael Matthews took the bronze.

With this, he crowns a 2022 in which he has won the rainbow jersey, La Vuelta and Liège-Bastogne Liège, becoming, along with Alfredo Binda, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, the fourth cyclist to win a ‘monument’, a great lap and a World Cup. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming of. I think I’ll never have a better season than this,” Evenepoel said.

For his part, the defending champion Julian Alaphilippe could only occupy 51st place, while the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel retired in the first section of the race after spending several hours at dawn in a police station due to an altercation with teenagers noisy in your hotel.

For his part, among the Spanish participants, Ivan Garcia Cortina was eleventh after sprinting in the group that fought for silver. “I am happy with the result given the circumstances with which we came. We were not favorites, but we had a good race controlling. With Evenepoel at such a high level, little could be done, but in the end in the decisive part we have been fighting for the medals. I would have liked to be on the podium or in the top 10, but I’m happy,” said Garcia Cortina.

Meanwhile, Jesus Ezquerra and Roger Adrià finished 6:37 behind the winner, Marc Soler at 9:31 and Eduard Prades, at 10:23. Gotzon Martin, Oier Lazkano and Urko Berrade could not finish.

The Spanish coach, Pascual Momparler, analyzed the performance of his team. “We went all out, with the intention of helping Cortina and Soler in any way possible. In the first cut we were with Soler and Adrià. Too bad we missed a cut and that’s why we got pull,” he explained.

“When it was already solved, another break left us in which it would have been good for Soler to enter, but he could not be. In the end, it was a race with many groups, we knew that Cortina was doing well, we trusted him and he has achieved a good eleventh position entering the same group as the second”, he concluded.

Source: Europa Press

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