There are many interesting matches on the program at home and abroad on Saturday, but the focus of the Belgian sports fan is mainly on Spain. Remco Evenepoel can become the first Belgian in 44 years to win a Grand Tour in cycling in the Vuelta d’España. His performance is also closely monitored at ex-club RSC Anderlecht.
If Evenepoel can successfully defend its lead on Saturday in the last mountain stage, the red jersey is in for the 22-year-old super talent. And that while he first seemed to be heading for a career in football. After all, Evenepoel showed great things in youth at PSV and Anderlecht, among others. He even wore the captain’s armband at the latter club. But a big breakthrough was ultimately not possible and after a short passage at KV Mechelen, he decided to put everything on cycling. An excellent choice would turn out to be an excellent choice.
Nevertheless, Evenepoel remained closely associated with RSCA, where he also kicked off. He will therefore be loudly applauded from Neerpede on Saturday. Not in the least by president Wouter Vandenhaute. He is of course closely linked to the race through Flanders Classics and has been a great fan of the sport from an early age. “What always strikes me about Remco is the unique mix of relaxation and focus. After the fall in Lombardy, this has brought him where he is now: ready to win the Vuelta. All of RSC Anderlecht are supporting Remco this weekend”, says Vandenhaute at The last news.
The president’s love for the race already has in common with Jan Vertonghen. The Red Devil follows cycling as closely as possible and of course also supports Evenepoel. He even suggested the rider a bet. “Remco, buddy, I would like to come up with a bet. Something like ‘if you win the Vuelta, I will play football for Anderlecht.’ I’ve done my part, as you can see, so I’m counting on you to persevere and fight hard like you did in the first 2.5 weeks and bring home that red jersey,” said Vertonghen.
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