Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel looking for extra one per cent at Worlds as task of beating Filippo Ganna looms

The Belgian duo hope for home advantage in order to defeat the Italian in the men's elite individual time trial

Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert
(Image credit: Getty)

Looking like the Blues Brothers as they tried to stave off the September sun in Bruges, the task at hand for Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert isn't raising $5,000 to save a Catholic church, but mustering the watts to beat Italian Filippo Ganna in Sunday's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.

“What have I learned? That it is a real time trial course. Flat, 44 kilometers almost straight, hardly any bends. Anyone who can ride fast for a long time has an advantage here," Evenepoel said, reported in Wielerflits, having arrived days ago to settle in and become acquainted with the course.

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