Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel plan to work together to ensure Belgium win the men’s road race world title in Australia on Sunday – but they are also hungry for individual glory.
The pair will enter the epic 266.9-kilometre (165 miles) slog around the coastal city of Wollongong among the favourites, along with two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar and defending champion Julian Alaphilippe.
They have the advantage of being on the same team and will play to each others’ strengths before the gloves come off at the finale.
"We want to win for Belgium, I think that should be the big dream, not only for us and the other guys, it’s to win the race as Belgium and Belgians," Evenepoel, fresh from winning the Vuelta a Espana for his first Grand Tour victory, told reporters.
"I know Wout, his levels and his capacities, and he knows mine. So I think we can work well together in the final of a long and hard race."
Van Aert, who is in Wollongong after finishing second at the Montreal Cycling Grand Prix behind Slovenia’s Pogacar, echoed his teammate’s sentiments.
"I think it’s clear what our capacities are. I think I have a better sprint than Remco, normally, and Remco can attack from farther out," he said."I don’t think we need to make a choice too early, we just need to profit from the chance that we will both be in the final. I think that not too many countries will have that."Both men and women, […]