Evenepoel evolves in a "favorable" way after his terrible fall

The fall of Remco Evenepoel this Saturday stars in sports newspapers and general information in Belgium. The rest of the course will be lost.


The spectacular fall of Remco Evenepoel this Saturday in Il Lombardía stars today in the openings of sports and general information newspapers in Belgium, which lament the accident of what they consider the "athlete of the year" in the country, although they emphasize that he could have gone out a lot worse off given the severity of the event

"I don't give a damn about the rest of his season," said Deceuninck-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere, in statements collected by public radio television RTBF after the spectacular accident of the twenty-something, who fell into the void from a bridge on the way down by Sormano.

The sports director of the entity, Davide Bramati, agrees on the fate of Evenepoel, who only suffers a broken pelvis and a pulmonary contusion after falling several meters and landing in a wooded area. Still, he will miss his Giro debut and the rest of the year, almost certainly.

Newspapers such as Het Nieuwsblad also highlight that everything had been put in favor of the young man to achieve a victory in the first "monument" of his career, with "perfect preparation, maximum self-confidence and tireless legs", and they point out that he was the first cyclist at the head of the race to start the descent that would culminate in his accident.

The sports media do not skimp on adjectives to refer to this descent, which they call "long and especially feared", "a lottery" and even "terrifying", in the words of the Danish Jakob Fugslang, who ended up taking the victory in Il Lombardía and acknowledged that "it is not a fun descent", especially if it is faced for the first time as was the case of the Belgian.

The newspaper Le Soir emphasizes precisely that it was Evenepoel's "inexperience" "in a field full of traps" that cost him the race. "I think I'm going to tell my colleagues to never do Lombardy again. It's not pleasant for a sports director when you see the bike (lying on the road) and you don't know where the rider is," says Bramati.

Also Belgian Laurens de Plus and Jan Bakelants suffered similar drops on the same downhill in the 2017 edition of this race. In any case, the press regrets the premature goodbye to the season of Evenepoel, who had won all the laps in stages in which he participated this year and is European time trial champion, although he emphasizes that, after all, "the important thing is that he is alive. " "The rest of the season, full of promise and goals, will be challenges postponed sine die for Remco Evenepoel," concludes Le Soir. This is the second serious accident suffered by a Deceunick-Quick Step cyclist in just two weeks, following the crash of Fabio Jakobsen in the sprint with which the first stage of the Tour of Poland was resolved earlier this month.

Progressing favorably

Deceuninck reassured this Sunday afternoon about the condition of his runner, who spent the night in the Como hospital. "We would like to inform you that Remco Evenepoel has had a quiet night in the hospital and that the evolution of his condition it is good ", reads the official statement of the Belgian team.

Evenepoel was scheduled to fly back to Belgium today, but will finally stay in the hospital in the Italian town for another day: "The team is doing everything possible to bring him back home as soon as possible, hopefully in the next 24 hours, in the safest and most efficient way possible ".

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