The 22-year-old cyclist entered his name in this prestigious award, not it was the 94th edition, after winning the Tour of Spain, the world champion title but also Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Clasica San Sebastian. Evenepoel succeeds marathon runner Bashir Abdi.
Evenepoel, author of 15 victories this season, became the first Belgian in 44 years to win a big trip by bringing the red jersey to Madrid at the from the last Vuelta. He then confirmed at the Worlds in Wollongong. First bronze medalist in the time trial, he won, thanks to an incredible solo effort, the title of champion of the world. Besides that, he also removed his first Monument in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and won the Clasica San Sebastian put the second time.
Since 1928, the National Trophy of Sports Merit has been awarded to a Belgian athlete or sports team who has performed particularly well during the year. This prestigious award can only be won once in a career. A jury, made up of former sports fields, elects the winner each year.
With an XXL 2022 season, the Schepdael phenomenon notably won the Vélo de Cristal, the Flandrien Trophy, the Vélo d’Or and the Flemish Giant.
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