Remco Evenepoel on his football career and injury


Remco Evenepoel on his football career and injury

What is little known to many is the fact that Remco Evenepoel used to be a soccer player. He started his career in Belgium, but quickly left for the Netherlands to continue there. "I started at the age of four to try to work and become a professional football player," Evenepoel said, as quoted by
"So really, really early, when I was very small.

I started in Anderlecht, in my eyes the best team in Belgium.
I did seven years there, and then I left to a club in Holland - PSV [Eindhoven] - and then in the end I came back to the same club that I left."


One injury stopped his football career, but he was ambitious and wanted to try something else.

"Things got a bit wrong, I also broke my left hip, I had to come back from the injury and I started to ride a bike a bit more because for my hip it was the best movement, not too much contact with the floor so it was good rehabilitation.
And then I wasn't put in the starting XI anymore, on the bench, got left at home sometimes.
Out of nowhere I just lost my passion and the love for football and I wanted to stop completely with that and try something different.
In the end I chose for cycling, and I'm happy that I did."
Evenepoel talked about his rivals and competition this season.

He is aware that it will not be easy for him. "Those guys [Pogacar and Vingegaard] are really crazy good,"- he said. "But I think this year as a Vuelta winner and a world champion I can take a lot of confidence.
I have to believe in myself, in my capacities.

I think that I'm coming to a level where I will probably be able to compete with them.
That's also where I want to go and where my ambitions are, to try to win races over them."

Remco Evenepoel