Remco Evenepoel will line up alongside Julian Alaphilippe as their QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team search for one big Classics win at the final showdown of the spring Classics season on Sunday. The pair lead the Belgian squad, which has taken a single Classics win in the past two months – at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
Having been hit by illness and misfortune throughout the spring, the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team, usually a Classics powerhouse, have seen their top-dog status usurped by the likes of Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma, and have failed to even score a podium placing since Fabio Jakobsen’s win at Opening Weekend .
Evenepoel said on Friday that the team has improved in recent weeks, and that they have been getting closer to a victory ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège .
"Of course, the team is in a difficult situation because we didn’t win any Classic," he said in the team’s pre-race press conference on Friday. "But I think in the last weeks we were up there again, coming closer and closer to a victory.
"So, it’s not that we are nowhere – we always try our best and we always try to make the race hard as well. It’s strange to say that you cannot win everything because for this Classics period we didn’t win anything, but there’s still more to come."
After focussing on stage racing to start his 2022 campaign, Evenepoel has joined the Classics squad for the hilly races to round out the spring set. He took sixth place at Brabantse Pijl after being cut off […]