Remco Evenepoel: “The Australian magpie… it scares me!”


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Published on by Clément LABAT-GEST

Stupor a few hours before the start of World’s Championships who will have in Australia, more precisely in Wollongong, from September 18 to 25. While we might fear somewhat difficult climatic conditions, another threat, coming from the sky, plane above the heads of the riders entered: lcassicane flute, longer called the Australian Magpie. This A medium-sized passerine bird with black and white plumage can be quite robust in its adult phase (it can measure between 37 and 43 cm). And it’s not Remco Evenepoel (BEL / Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) that will ease the concern around these birds. The Belgian guy is not about to forget his first training outing in Australia.

Video – Worlds 2022 – The Australian magpie… concern to come?

Remco Evenepoel: “It was terrifying. It scares me”

Suddenly, a bird of very respectable size approached me and kept following me. It was terrifying. It scares me. But that’s how it is in Australia apparently“, explained the recent winner of the Tour of Spain at a press conference. The phenomenon is indeed well known to Australians who know that in September-October you have to be wary of the sky since you are entering the “high season“, literally the season of swooping downhills, where birds, and more particularly the black currant, can be very aggressive towards those who approach too close to their nest but also those who move quickly like cyclists. a meeting, Stefan Kung (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) also mentioned these attacks. UN scenario worthy of Birds D’Alfred Hitchcock. Bad luck for the runners engaged in the Worlds… a concern to come?

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