Evenepoel and his decision to go to the Giro: “We have never talked about the Tour”

Remco Evenepoel (22 years old) is already looking forward to a 2023 season in which he hopes to repeat the successes achieved last year but on this occasion dressed in the rainbow jersey of the world champion and that will start in the next Tour of San Juan (January 22-29).

In statements collected by the Belgian media Sporza, Evenepoel was asked about his choice of the Giro ahead of the Tour, and he assured that he has not yet considered racing in the French round. “If I had doubts between the Giro and the Tour? Not half a second. We have never talked about the Tour. We had a plan: Vuelta, Giro and Tour. And for now, we follow it. I put the big three at the same height. I know that for the sponsors and the team it is different and I understand it, but I will always look at which route is best for me. I have already recognized two of the three Giro times, and I’m sure there will be a show”.

The young Belgian cyclist does not forget his experience in the 2021 Giro, when he was forced to leave after several stages caressing the pink jersey, and he sees himself with options to win a stage and be among the top three or five overall. “I am not worried about what happened in my previous experience in the previous Giro. The fact that I didn’t win the pink jersey still hurts me, but I don’t have outstanding accounts. I couldn’t finish, the pressure was too much for me and the team. I hope the preparation goes smoothly. I don’t know what will happen but I think I am realistic if I say that I will go to the Giro to fight for a stage and also for the Top-5 or the Top-3 overall”.

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Regarding the fact that he has supporters and detractors, Evenepoel made a comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. “That I have many fans has been good for me and helps my self-confidence. I hope the number of fans continues to increase. It has also changed me, because you see how some people like you and others don’t. And then I told those around me that if anyone was for or against Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi because they had few opponents. I think that it is less and less given if they are in favor of me or against ”.

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