Remco Evenepoel has had a dream year, say a farmer’s year. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider won, among other things, Liège-Bastogne, the Vuelta and, as a highlight, the World Championships on the road in Wollongong, Australia. Klaas Lodewyck, one of his team leaders at The Wolfpack, sees similarities with Lance Armstrong: “He could never win enough.”
“It may be a wrong comparison, but in terms of character I do see similarities between Remco and Lance”. Lodwyck tells that in a special of RIDE Magazine. “Apart from everything that went wrong with Armstrong in the past, Lance was also someone who could never win enough. When he started somewhere, he wanted to be the best. Remco has always wanted to win that too.”
Lodewyck recalls his enthusiasm in the Tour of Spain: “On the last Sunday morning of the Vuelta in Madrid, he already started talking to us about the World Cup in Wollongong. It’s never enough. That also shows that he is always driven to be the best and to win races.”
Although after his career the American is mainly remembered as a doping sinner, he bears the nicknames for a reason King Lance and The Boss. He won the Tour de France seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005. Although those victories were later taken away from him by doping.
Evenepoel is not that far yet, but Armstrong, just like Evenepoel, was crowned world champion at the age of just 22, in 1993 in Oslo, Norway.
Lodewyck also sees other similarities between the young Belgian and the now 51-year-old Texan: “Evenepoel also uses criticism of his person to perform even better himself. Lance was a killer. If you kicked his shins, he kicked back ten times harder. Usually he did this on a bicycle and sometimes also verbally. Remco also has that killer mentality. He also often answers with performance on the bike. Although Remco is a lot more diplomatic in his comments.”