QuickStep-AlphaVinyl directeur sportif Klaas Lodewyck has suggested that Remco Evenepoel has the same hunger and ‘killer mentality’ as Lance Armstrong , with the young Belgian and new world champion’s drive and ambition matching his physical ability.
In a long feature about Evenepoel in the Dutch magazine Ride published by Wielerflits , Lodewyck acknowledged his comparison may be flawed in some ways but suggested that Evenepoel and Armstrong have the same character.
Like Evenepoel, Armstrong became World Champion at just 22. He went on to win the Tour de France seven times but was then banned for life and lost his Tour victories in 2012 after a USADA investigation exposed his extensive use of doping. The disgraced Texan finally admitted to using banned drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.
Evenepoel won the Vuelta a España and the World Championships title in Australia after also taking Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He is often compared to Eddy Merckx but Lodewyck highlights the similarities with Armstrong.
Lodewyck grew up during the Armstrong years and was a professional between 2009 and 2015, mostly with BMC. He rode four Grand Tours and the Classics until a heart problem forced him to retire at 30. He joined QuickStep as a directeur sportif in 2018 and his young age has helped him better understand Evenepoel.
“It may be a wrong comparison, but in terms of character I do see similarities between Remco and Lance,” Lodewyck said in the Ride feature, seen in full by Cyclingnews .
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