Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel are set to sit down together later this month to finally bury the hatchet and move on from the Belgian debacle of last year’s World Championships.

The question of whether Evenepoel would work for Van Aert hung over the run-in to their home Worlds, and after the road race on the final Sunday and Van Aert’s struggles in the finale of the race, it was quickly apparent the pair were not on the same page.

Evenepoel, who’d joined an early breakaway, publicly suggested he had “the legs to become world champion”, while Van Aert responded by claiming the early move went against team orders. It soon emerged that Evenepoel had failed to show up for the team’s post-race debrief and the fall-out swept headlines across the world.

In order to calm the situation, national coach Sven Vanthourenhout called for a conciliatory meeting between the pair, but that has not yet happened. With the two Belgian riders likely to share national team leadership in years ahead and at this year’s World Championships in Australia, an explanatory meeting is deemed as vital. 



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