The in-depth story of Remco Evenepoel the footballer, as told by teammates and coaches

What was Remco Evenepoel the footballer really like?

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Remco Evenepoel has won the 2022 Vuelta a España. In next Thursday’s Cycling Weekly magazine (Sept 22), we are publishing an in-depth feature exploring untold stories of his final years as a footballer and his first two years as a cyclist. Before he turned pro as a cyclist, he played football in his youth, playing for Belgium's U15 and U16 teams.

Here is an extended version of an extract from the article, focusing solely on Evenepoel's years as a footballer.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.