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..