They're lucky Mattan didn't compete, the fat dobber.De Lie won the real "race" of the day.
The difference between the 2 Belgians and Groenewegen is quite something
His power outputs aren't higher than in the beginning of the season. He was just never in good position (Frankfurt) or almost crashed due to others (Ackermann in de Panne and Merlier in Bredene) when he got the chance to sprint against the big guns. I feel that he's coming into the last few k a bit fresher meaning he doesn't loose the wheel of his leadout all the time like in the beginning of the season. That and the fact that he's basically been sprinting at a high level all season long is really good for the future.De Lie said he sprinted like an amateur. He wanted to surprise Philipsen but went too soon.
Nevertheless, De Lie is really turning into a rider who can start rivalling the big names. Half a year ago it was very cute to see him win some low level races against no-name sprinters and take lots of points for Lotto; it turned into somewhat of a meme. But he's currently in the mix against the big boys. He has progressed at an enormous pace. We could see some great fights in the future between him and Kooij in a battle of the babes.
Are you expecting him to ever become Remco? Is he planning on changing his name? Of course, changing his given name to 'Remco' might be easier than changing his surname to 'Evenepoel'.Herregodts doing Herregodts things.
But it's going to be hard to pull it off. He's no Remco yet.
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