On 21 December, Belgium's cycling hero Remco Evenepoel will receive the Belgian National Sports Merit Award, one of the country's most prestigious honours, at the Brussels Town Hall. He will be capping off a successful year in which he won the Vuelta a España and the Cycling World Championships.
The Belgian National Sports Merit Award is awarded yearly to a Belgian athlete or sports team that has inspired the nation with their performances. However, the award can only be won once during an athlete's career.
On Thursday, the organisers announced the 22-year-old cyclist Remco Evenepoel as this year's victor, adding that he would be receiving the honour at the Brussels Town Hall in the presence of Princess Astrid.
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This comes after a dominant year, during which Evenepoel became the first Belgian cyclist in 44 years to win a grand tour at the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta). He was also crowned cycling World Champion after winning the UCI Road World Championships in Australia.