From the ‘Australian experience’, the pressure on Belgium to the biggest challengers: Van Aert and Evenepoel talk about it

From the ‘Australian experience’, the pressure on Belgium to the biggest challengers: Van Aert and Evenepoel talk about it
From the ‘Australian experience’, the pressure on Belgium to the biggest challengers: Van Aert and Evenepoel talk about it

Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel have already discussed various themes. The biggest challengers, the pressure that prevails in Belgium and how things are going in Australia: these topics were also discussed in the press chat.

No one is really concerned about Wout van Aert’s condition. “It’s always hard to say if you’re in the best shape possible. I feel like I’m ready for the race. After the Tour I built up to this moment. So far everything has gone as I hoped. are here with a strong team. And with a strong co-leader, everyone could see that in the Vuelta.”

Expectations are therefore high again in Belgium. “With the Belgian national team you always have to deal with a certain pressure. Of course we are here to win the race. It would be nice if we could finish it, but you also have to be realistic to realize that it is not so will be easy.”

BIG COMPETITION

Because the competition is great. Who are some of the biggest challengers? “The birds”, laughs Remco Evenepoel. “No, the French team looks as strong as last year. The Australian team will be super motivated. Matthews is a big favorite in my opinion. You always have individual leaders, with a strong team around you, such as Mathieu van der Poel. Pogacar too.”

In short: the established values. “It’s always the same names that come back. It’s certainly not that we have to look at just one man or one country.” And what about the experience in Australia? “It’s nice to occasionally see fans on the side of the road,” said Van Aert. “It’s a shame when people don’t like cyclists.”

NOT USED TO RUNNERS ON THE ROAD

Indeed, it appears to be the case that the local population is not so pleased with the arrival of the World Cycling Championships. “I think they are not used to seeing so many riders on the road here. I completely understand. Every day you get more and more that World Cup feeling.”

The article is in Dutch

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