Is this 17-year-old the next Remco Evenepoel? The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider gives his view

Cian Uijtdebroeks is the latest teenage sensation to catch the attention of WorldTour teams

Cian Uijtdebroeks and Remco Evenepoel (Instagram, Getty)

'The next Eddy Merckx' is a tag often bestowed upon promising Belgian youngsters, which could easily make or break them. One of the more recent recipients was Remco Evenepoel, the 20-year-old currently making good on the label, following up a Clásica San Sebastián win with debut stage race victories in early 2020.

Evenepoel has made such a good impression that youth riders are now even earning the title 'the next Evenepoel' despite the Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider only currently being in his second year as a pro.

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