First place, Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel of the Quickstep Alpha Vinyl team, center, celebrates with second place, Belgium’s Quinten Hermans of the Intermarche team, left, and third place, Belgium’s Wout van Aert of the Jumbo Visma team during Belgian cycling classic and UCI World Tour cycling race Liege Bastogne Liege, in Liege, Belgium, Sunday, April 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys) Liege, Belgium — Rising star Remco Evenepoel posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in cycling’s oldest classic — the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race — as Belgian riders swept the podium places.
A versatile rider widely regarded as one of the most promising talents of his generation, Evenepoel triumphed in “La Doyenne” at his first attempt, aged 22.
Evenepoel, who recovered from a horrific crash at the 2020 Tour of Lombardy, raised his arms and buried his face in his hands as he added his name to a list of winners that includes the likes of cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
“It’s my first Liege and I won, it’s a dream come true," said Evenepoel, who rides for the Belgian outfit Quick-Step-Alpha-Vinyl. “Finishing alone, with a lead of almost one minute in my favorite race, it’s unbelievable."
Quinten Hermans won the sprint for second place ahead of Wout van Aert in the 257.1-kilometer (159.7-mile) race.
Evenepoel made his move with 29 kilometers left when he attacked on a narrow and steep stretch of road from a chasing group including other pre-race favorites.
Using his strong time-trial skills, Evenepoel produced an […]