Evenepoel stands out among the elite in its year of explosion: monument, grand tour and World Cup

All the legends of the sport, and of cycling in the case at hand, have had a year where their talent blossomed. A year in which his historic legacy began to be forged. happened to Miguel Indurain in 1991, to Alberto counter in 2007, to Vincenzo Nibali in 2010, to Chris Froome in 2011… Endless examples in recent decades to which in 2022 a Remco Evenepoel (22 years old) whose season has been to frame. The Belgian’s numbers, although in the end he will not finish the year as top scorer or number one in the UCI ranking (both honors for Tadej Pogacar after his success in the Giro de Lombardia), They are only within the reach of the great elect: 15 victories, among which such iconic events as the San Sebastian Classic, a monument, a Grand Tour and a World Cup stand out. Almost nothing.

Beyond what the veil d’or, prestigious prize awarded to the best cyclist of the year, Remco is, unanimously, the main protagonist of 2022. And it is that the Belgian prodigy is the the only rider that this season has been able to repeat the conquest in any of the three categories that make up the most prestigious successes in cycling: monuments, grand tours and world championships. And more than repeating, he has demonstrated his versatility and quality with a title of each class: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Vuelta and the global rainbow. Three in a row to release his record in each of these events, a much greater prominence than that achieved by the rest of the runners who have managed to raise their arms in the main races on the calendar (See table).

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Palmares of great races in 2022

Milan-San RemoMonumentMatej Mohoric (ESL)
tour of flandersMonumentMathieu van der Poel (PBa)
Paris-RoubaixMonumentDylan van Baarle (PBA)
Italy spingrand returnJay Hindley (AUS)
Liège-Bastogne-LiègeMonumentRemco Evenepoel (BEL)
Tour de Francegrand returnJonas Vingegaard (DIN)
the returngrand returnRemco Evenepoel (BEL)
world time trialWorld CupsTobias Foss (NOR)
world routeWorld CupsRemco Evenepoel (BEL)
Lombardy TourMonumentTadej Pogacar (ESL)

Thus, no one else has been able to repeat a great success like Evenepoel, as the sequence of the season demonstrates: Matej Mohoric, Milan-San Remo; Mathieu van der Poel, Tour of Flanders; Dylan vanBaarle, Paris-Roubaix; Jay Hindley, Italy spin; Jonas Vingegaard, Tour de France; Tadej Pogacar, Lombardy Tour; Y TobiasFoss, World Time Trial. Curiously, with the exception of Pogacar and Van der Poel, the rest of the winners achieved their first success in these racing categories, whether it was monument (cases of Mohoric, Van Baarle and Remco himself), round of three weeks (Hindley, Vingegaard and Evenepoel) or World (Foss). With the 2022 academic year on the verge of conclusion, with those last throes in Langkawi, We already count the days to witness the new challenge from Evenepoel. Will it go through the Giro? On October 17 the route will be revealed and, if the distance against the clock is respectable, we can bet that it is…

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