A phenomenon in cycling is on the horizon, his name Remco Evenepoel (18) Is the new Eddy Merckx born ? Watching cycling for probably over 50 years now I have not seen such display of supremacy at such young age.. a name we will hear a lot off in the future for sure. The already crowned TT  World champ 2018 with the juniors just added the road title to his already very impressive palmares of impressive wins this year. He only is 18 months on a bike and already shines in a style Eddy did in the sixties. Involved in a crash that put most of the Irish juniors on the back foot with Aaron Doherty the worse off and had to abandon. A mistake of his mechanic (Belgian team) serving his team mate first due to a lot of confusion at the crash side left a lot of favorites in big problems as the front started racing. No problem for Remco..2 minutes down on the front he chipped away at the time lost and was in front of the race within 30 minutes chasing and bringing some of the big names with him including Irish Junior Ben Healey.  Next thing his team mates set themselves at the front of the race and slowly got rid of most of the leading bunch with only the Germans and Italians and a few individuals able to follow. The German Mayrhover and Italian Andrea Picollo could stay with him for a while but when the next climb came the Italian had to let go, soon after the German and away he was.. it was racing for second place for the rest with the brave German manage to take silver and other Italian Alessandro Fancellu taken bronze. First Irish junior home was Ben Healey in 25th place, Breandan Flannagan was 58th and Archie Ryan came in as only other Irish finisher in 80th place as Aaron Doherty didn’t finish the grueling race. One of the best races of the season in a fashion not very often seen..even at his chase you knew already who gonna win it..wearing down any competition and with the help of his team mates controlling the front, and to pounce when recovered after his effort to get back up front..what a show we witnessed !! Chapeau Remco 

All photos courtesy of Irish photographer Sean Rowe on location in Innsbruck Austria..

Results:

1 13 EVENEPOEL Remco BEL 3:03:49
2 36 MAYRHOFER Marius GER +1:25
3 20 FANCELLU Alessandro ITA +1:38
4 64 BALMER Alexandre SUI +1:38
5 6 WANDAHL Frederik DEN +3:20
6 19 BENEDETTI Gabriele ITA +3:20
7 39 CHARRIN Alois FRA +3:20
8 29 VERMAERKE Kevin USA +3:20
9 24 TIBERI Antonio ITA +3:20
10 26 QUINN Sean USA +3:25
11 22 PICCOLO Andrea ITA +4:37
12 52 VACEK Karel CZE +4:37
13 93 GIRMAY HAILU Biniam ERI +6:41
14 33 GESSNER Jakob GER +6:41
15 7 AASHEIM Ludvig Fischer NOR +6:41
16 101 MOTA Guilherme POR +6:41
17 87 TULETT Ben GBR +7:20
18 1 BECHSKOT-HANSEN Aksel DEN +7:20
19 65 BOGLI Jonathan SUI +7:20
20 86 HOLLYMAN Mason GBR +7:20
21 21 FRIGO Marco ITA +7:54
22 43 BRUSSENSKIY Gleb KAZ +9:34
23 44 FEDOROV Yevgeniy KAZ +10:47
24 4 SKIVILD Robin Juel DEN +10:47
25 99 HEALY Ben IRL +10:47
26 84 ASKEY Lewis GBR +10:47
27 35 HESSMANN Michel GER +10:55
28 115 GAJDULA Marek SVK +11:07
29 46 PRONSKIY Daniil KAZ +11:19
30 124 RANGEL COSTA Vinicius BRA +11:19
31 34 HEIDUK Kim Alexander GER +12:14
32 11 HOLTER Adne NOR +12:22
33 123 SHCHYPAK Oleksandr UKR +12:22
34 58 van UDEN Casper NED +12:22
35 79 GONOV Lev RUS +13:21
36 69 BARRENETXEA GOLZARRI Jon ESP +13:37
37 88 WATSON Samuel GBR +15:02
38 32 ENGELHARDT Felix GER +15:02
39 41 PAGE Hugo FRA +15:18
40 108 HABIMANA Jean Eric RWA +15:25
41 42 RETAILLEAU Valentin FRA +15:31
42 51 REPA Vojtech CZE +15:31
43 30 VOLLMER Andrew USA +15:31
44 54 LEIJNSE Enzo NED +15:31
45 132 MIRZOJEV Artjom EST +15:47
46 78 SCHELLENBERG Thomas CAN +16:22
47 114 BUGAR Marek SVK +16:22
48 73 SANCHEZ MAYO Pelayo ESP +17:18
49 85 GEORGE Alfred GBR +17:28
50 95 PLAPP Lucas AUS +17:28
51 62 ONODERA Kei JPN +17:28
52 45 NURLYKHASSYM Nurbergen KAZ +17:29
53 127 CEPA Mesut ALB +17:40
54 106 TURUK Daniil BLR +17:55
55 15 van der BEKEN Aaron BEL +17:58
56 17 VANDENABEELE Henri BEL +17:58
57 136 REITER Jakob AUT +18:15
58 98 FLANNAGAN Breandan IRL +18:45
59 82 VTIURIN Anton RUS +18:54
60 103 KIRSCH Gilles LUX +18:54
61 56 van BELLE Bas NED +18:54
62 91 LANE Josh NZL +18:54
63 134 KRASTS Alekss LAT +18:57
64 68 IMBODEN Simon SUI +18:57
65 50 MIKSANIK Vladimir CZE +19:00
66 122 BILYI Maksim UKR +19:00
67 66 EGGENBERG Ruben SUI +19:00
68 107 AGUIRRE GARZA Tomas MEX +19:00
69 47 BOUCEK Jakub CZE +19:00
70 102 SILVA Afonso POR +19:00
71 74 KATERBERG Ben CAN +20:34
72 90 GILBERTSON Theo NZL +20:34
73 49 KELEMEN Petr CZE +21:01
74 72 RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos ESP +22:34
75 105 MAZUR Dzianis BLR +22:43
76 57 van der TUUK Axel NED +23:13
77 53 KRUL Wessel NED +23:44
78 130 LINDGREN Emil SWE +23:44
79 133 TREIMUTH Henri EST +23:44
80 100 RYAN Archie IRL +24:27
81 9 FINNESAND Fredrik Gjesteland NOR +24:29
82 147 GORAK Dominik POL +24:29
83 146 BIENIEK Damian POL +25:10
84 117 KLAHAN Noppachai THA +27:56
31 BENZ Pirmin GER