Remco Evenepoel received the Liège-Bastogne-Liège one-day race on Sunday, claiming his first Monument traditional after launching a brutal assault on the penultimate climb of the day.
The 22-year-old, the primary Belgian to win the oldest traditional race in 11 years, attacked close to the highest of the Côte de la Redoute, 30km from the end, and by no means appeared again.
His compatriots Quinten Hermans (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert Materiaux) and Wout Van Art (Jumbo-Visma) took second and third locations respectively, after 257.5km.
Evenepoel’s win got here after his Quick-Step Alpha Vynil teammate Julian Alaphilippe went down closely in an enormous pile-up. The world champion fell right into a ditch 62km from the road and was taken away in an ambulance.
French TV channel France 3 reported that the rider was acutely aware and had damaged ribs. “I hope everyone in the crash is OK,” mentioned Evenepoel, who burst into tears of pleasure after the end.
“It’s the race I’ve been dreaming of winning since I started cycling,” the previous Belgium Under-16 soccer participant mentioned. “I wanted to blow things up in the Côte de la Redoute and I managed to do it and was able to make the move stick.”
Behind Evenepoel, who’s considered one of many greatest abilities of the brand new era, his rivals did not organise a correct chase.
Evenepoel caught up with the riders from the breakaway one after the other and dropped the final of them, France’s Bruno Armirail, on the foot of the ultimate climb, the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons.
After a couple of riders tried their luck solo to catch Evenepoel, the lowered group of chasers settled for a dash end, 48 seconds behind.
One of the pre-race favourites, two-time Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar, was not initially after the loss of life of his mother-in-law.