Cycling news – Dominant Remco Evenepoel wins second gold in junior road race
Remco Evenepoel was the class act again as he took his second gold at the UCI World Championships in the men’s junior road race.
The Belgian was the puppeteer in an incident-packed race as he surged back from a crash, dropped his main rivals and celebrated by stopping on the finish line and lifting his bike above his head.
He finished 1:25 ahead of Germany’s Marius Mayrhofer, although the margin of victory could have been greater had he not spent most of the final two kilometres celebrating. Italy’s Alessandro Fancellu snatched bronze on the line from Switzerland’s Alexandre Balmer.
Evenepoel also won the junior time trial by a record margin on Tuesday.
It was a remarkable performance from the 18-year-old, who only took up cycling in 2017 and has already been compared to Belgian great Eddy Merckx – although it is a link he has been quick to play down.
His hopes of securing both junior men’s titles were in serious jeopardy when he was caught up in a huge crash with 72 kilometres remaining, with a team mechanic accidentally assisting his team-mate instead of the favourite.
After a delay of over a minute, which saw Evenepoel desperately bark down the road for help, he was serviced with a new back wheel and set off in pursuit of the pack.
"I actually crashed at a bad moment before the climb and the mechanic didn’t see me crash," he said.
"There was another guy in the team who crashed and he was changing the wheel of the other guy, so I had to wait like 20 seconds, I guess. I was almost two minutes behind the first guys, so I really had to work hard in the back."
Not that he seemed fazed. Evenepoel soon rejoined the main group, before making a flurry of attacks to whittle down the field. Soon only Mayrhofer remained – and it was not long until the German was distanced too.
"My main dream is the three Grand Tours. But I know that’s a long way. I’m still young and I have a long way to go. We’re going to work hard and then hopefully I can win one of the three Grand Tours," Evenepoel added.
Men's junior road race results
1 Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) 3:03:49
2 Marius Mayrhofer (Germany) 0:01:25
3 Alessandro Fancellu (Italy) 0:01:38
4 Alexandre Balmer (Switzerland)
5 Frederik Wandahl (Denmark) 0:03:20
6 Gabriele Benedetti (Italy)
7 Alois Charrin (France)
8 Kevin Vermaerke (United States Of America)
9 Antonio Tiberi (Italy)
10 Sean Quinn (United States Of America) 0:03:25