Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert will lead Belgium at the men's Elite Road Race in these World Championships, and there are high expectations regarding how the duo will thrive after a least positive experience at home in Leuven last year.
"I feel more energy in my body than last week. I'm finally sleeping well too. My body is finally acclimated," Evenepoel said in this Thursday's press conference besides some other members of the Belgian entourage. Last year racing at home, the team were put under tremendous pressure and eventually failed to take a medal as most looked to swarm Wout van Aert in a hilly technical circuit. Evenepoel had spent his energy consolidating the gap of the winning group, but this year the tactics may change.
"We would be stupid if we didn't use our strengths together" - Van Aert adamant of working with Evenepoel towards Worlds gold medal
"Of course we ride for each other, we wear the same jersey during the race on Sunday," he responded to a question. Being easier to control, the Wollongong circuit will favour the team's chances. Whilst many will look to distance van Aert, Evenepoel may fly more under the radar and have more opportunities to attack - or assist in keeping the race tight and into a sprint.
"Stay together and become first and second," Evenepoel joked, regarding his ambitions towards the race.. "Thin at Mount Pleasant and with a leading group of 8 towards the finish." Sure enough, that scenario may become reality, specially taking into consideration how other teams such as Australia, Eritrea and possibly the Netherlands may also be interested in a sprint instead of an race split to bits into the final kilometer.