Jasper Steuvin: ‘His entourage should slow down Evenpoel’
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm
Was there a debriefing after the World Cup? Yes. With everyone except Remko. “He didn’t think it was necessary,” says Jasper Stoen in an interview. Newspaper. “Too bad, because he thought it necessary to say things on TV.”
Tomorrow in Antwerp Puurs, Flandrien 2021 will be awarded, an organization affiliated with Het Nieuwsblad. In the lead-up to this, the newspaper interviewed a number of candidates. Jasper Stuyven is one of them, along with – the best candidates – Wout van Aert, Tim Merlier, Jasper Philipsen and Remco Evenepoel. Stuyven was not very kind to the latter in the interview.
Stuyven is not only talking about his big win at Milan-San Remo, but also about a missed opportunity over the Belgians at the World Cup in Leuven, where he just missed a medal. And how is he then in the room with room Wout van Aert handled the first disappointment.
“There was another debrief five days after the World Cup,” Stoen says. “Online, through Teams. It took half an hour. Added value. With all the Belgians in the World Cup? Everyone except Remko. He knew, but didn’t think it was necessary. Too bad, because he needed to say things on TV ( in Extra Time Koers, editor). Things that have stuck with some of us.”
Earlier, Wout van Aert gave his opinion on Evenepoel’s statements. The best Belgian talent, for example, said that he himself could have become the world champion. “Rymco has to slow down his entourage sometimes,” Stoen says. “He has yet to learn when to say things and when not to say things. And a super strong knight—and he certainly is—must also realize that some things must remain internal.”
Stuyven does not believe Evenepoel could have become the world champion. “In the first place, he should have driven a different race. What he did now — riding full on the early break, nodding, being all over the place until the start of the final — any secondary could do. But even if he saved himself, he didn’t walk away. About Alaphilippi.
The Leuven resident says for completeness he couldn’t have himself become the world champion, even if he had to lose less energy along the way at the Wout van Aert job. “I had a great day, kicked my best values ever, and I could probably have followed Alaphilippe. But he still hit me in the sprint. But then I would have been on the podium.”
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