Best young rider award goes to William Junior Lecerf.
Remco Evenepoel became only the second rider in the history of Soudal Quick-Step, after Tom Boonen, to win the Kristallen Fiets at least three times – a success that didn’t come as a surprise considering the excellent year he has had in our team’s jersey.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Clasica San Sebastian, the ITT World Championships, and five Grand Tour stages are just some of the victories Remco racked up this season, which he will close out on Sunday, at the Chrono des Nations, where he will sport the rainbow jersey that he won in Glasgow.
“I have to thank my wife, Oumi, who is always by my side. I also want to thank the team for all their support this year. It wasn’t a perfect season, but we gave our best every time and we learned a lot. I took some beautiful victories and I am happy that I picked up this trophy for the third time in my career, after 2019 and 2022”, said Remco at the ceremony held at Renson’s NOA Outdoor Living.
Joining Remco on the roll of honour of the 2023 edition of the prestigious awards was future teammate William Junior Lecerf, who has enjoyed a solid year as a member of the remarkable Soudal Quick-Step Devo Team. Top ten at both GiroNextGen and Tour de l’Avenir, and victories in Herbeaumont and the Memorial Igor Decraene were some of the 20-year-old’s standout results, before he capped it off with a memorable success at the U23 Il Lombardia, after a fantastic day of racing.
“I’ve enjoyed every single moment spent with the team this season. We had a lot of fun on the road and we racked up some great victories. I am honoured to take this trophy just before turning pro; it was a hard-fought battle for it, but I think my win in Lombardia was the tie-breaker”, a delighted William explained.
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