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Remco Evenepoel before leaving for Tokyo: "Woot and I are medal contenders, but he has an edge" |  the Olympics

Remco Evenepoel before leaving for Tokyo: “Woot and I are medal contenders, but he has an edge” | the Olympics

Olympiad“Healthy tension,” is how Remco Evenepoel describes how he feels on the trip to Tokyo, where he will be looking for an Olympic medal in the road and time test on July 24 and 28. But he attributes the greatest chances of a medal to Wout van Aert.


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And whether Remco Evenepoel is interested in the Olympic Games. “It’s now almost a year since the games were originally supposed to take place, and about a year after I’m out. So it’s really nice to be here.”

Tonight he will leave for Japan on an 11-hour flight. “It’s an advantage that it’s an overnight flight. I did a good workout today, so I’ll sleep well (laughs). If I can sleep for eight hours, I’ll be fine for the other three. Why bring my own pillow? You never know the quality you expect in hotels.”

Evenepoel recently went to Italy’s Livigno, where he completed an alpine training. It’s a very good choice, he says. “I took a few steps forward there, and got a little better. Now I will complete some good training sessions in Tokyo in the coming days.”

Let’s start with any ambition in two weeks? “Wout (van Aert, ed.) and I can go together for a medal. But Wout does a very good job, so he’s way ahead of the rest. For the rest, we’re going to make the most of it and above all enjoy it.”

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Evenepoel arrives at Zaventem with his own pillow:

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Evenepoel before the flight to Tokyo. © VTM