King Remco shows us why he deserves the rainbow jersey
Things are looking up for cycling world champion Remco Evenepoel, who has won the 2023 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The peloton was no match for the Belgian wearer of the coveted rainbow jersey as Remco raced to victory in the Ardent city. He left a gap of 1 minute and 6 seconds before Tom Pidcock and Santiago Buitrago Sánchez crossed the finish line.
The poster boy of Soudal–Quick Step dropped the competition in almost exactly the same way as he did in 2022, serving the fans a spectacle of his breakaway at 30 kilometres from the finish line.
Remco was already one of the favourites for this race, but some cycling fans were disappointed that a face-off with his fiercest competitor, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, could not take place. Pogacar broke his wrist early on in the race.
No matter, the Aero Bullet – as Evenepoel is affectionately known – gave us mere mortals a spectacle worthy of that other king of cycling that he’s so often compared to, the Cannibal Eddy Merckx…and who should hold the record for most Liège-Bastogne-Liège victories but that very same Eddy Merckx?
Did you know that Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the oldest of the five Monuments, the most prestigious one-day road races on the European continent?
Congratulations to Remco Evenepoel, and may he pull a hat-trick in 2024!