A call from the King, media madness and special eclairs: Belgium goes crazy for Remco Evenepoel

The 22-year-old is the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour since 1978

Remco Evenepoel
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It is difficult to overstate just how big a star Remco Evenepoel is in Belgium right now. The man from the Flemish Brabant is on all the newspaper front pages, back pages, and fills most of the column inches in between.

He was already famous, the face of Pizza Hut in Belgium, but in becoming the first man from the country to win a Grand Tour since 1978, he has been elevated to superstardom. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.