The World Champion leads the Wolfpack this weekend.

Remco Evenepoel returns to competition for the first time since becoming Belgian Champion one month ago at a race he has won twice so far in his career (2019, 2022) – Clasica San Sebastian. The youngest rider ever to triumph at Spain’s only World Tour one-day race, the 23-year-old is excited to pin on a number again for one of his favourite events, which will see the peloton take on a total of seven climbs, the last of which will once again be Murgil-Tontorra (2.1km, 10.1%).

“San Sebastian is a race I love. My first World Tour victory came here in 2019, then I won again three years later, so there are only great memories that I have from the Basque Country and I look forward to returning there. There’s also the electric atmosphere the Basque fans create on the climbs, where they give you an extra push by cheering all the time and yelling your name, that makes this race one of the best out there, so I can’t wait to be back there this weekend”, said Remco ahead of what will be his final appearance in the rainbow jersey before traveling to Glasgow, where he will try to defend his title.

Joining the World Champion on the Soudal Quick-Step squad for Saturday’s race will be Julian Alaphilippe – a winner on the famous Boulevard in 2018, who comes here after a strong outing at the Tour de France – Andrea Bagioli, French ITT Champion Rémi Cavagna, James Knox, Pieter Serry and Mauri Vansevenant.

“Clasica San Sebastian is a race we know, a race we’ve won on several occasions, so it’s no secret we once again aim for a good result. As you can see, we go there with a solid team that has many cards to play, a team with a lot of confidence and motivation to fight until the very end”, said sports director Wilfried Peeters.


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