Remco Evenepoel on his football career and injury
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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 eurosport.com
"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."