Remco Evenepoel won his first Belgian professional title. On Wednesday in Gavere, the resident of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team took the men’s elite time trial with authority. Yves Lampaert and Victor Campenaerts complete the day’s podium. The 22-year-old Belgian confirmed his favorite status by largely dominating the course, made up of three loops 11.6 kilometers long with no particular difficulty except for the “hole” of Dikkelvenne, with a descent and a small bump of 5%.
Evenepoel, who already had a 17-second lead after the second lap, covered the 34.8 kilometers of the route in a time of 40:22, the best of the twenty-one riders engaged in the conquest of the tricolor jersey. It is already the 10th victory in 2022 for the Belgian, the 3rd in a time trial, barely four days after winning the 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse, already in a time trial.
Yves Lampaert, outgoing champion and winner ahead of Evenepoel in 2021, finished second 36.8 behind the rider from Schepdaal, allowing the ‘Woflpack’ to monopolize the first two places.
Victor Campenaerts, who lives in Gavere, was able to count on the support of fans gathered on the side of the roads. The hour record holder nevertheless conceded 1:33.5 to Evenepoel.
Rune Herregodts (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise/1:55.6) and Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal/1:57.6) complete the top-5.
Wout van Aert, Belgian champion in the discipline in 2019 and 2020, was not present this Wednesday. The Jumbo-Visma rider will also not be at the start of the road race on Sunday in Middelkerke.
Earlier in the day, the women’s elite time was taken by Lotte Kopecky. The winner of the Tour of Flanders, who will defend her title in the road race on Sunday, won her fourth title in a row, ahead of Shari Bossuyt and Britt Knaven.