Remco Evenepoel will ride in the Tour of Spain. According to the Belgian media outlet DH, the Soudal Quick-Step cyclist will attend the Spanish round despite the fact that in recent months his presence in the Spanish round was a mystery. Thus The wish expressed by the director of La Vuelta Javier Guillén, in a recent interview with AS, is confirmed.
Days after having to abandon the Giro d’Italia when he was leading after testing positive for coronavirus, Patrick Lefevere, skipper of the Soudal Quick-Step, assured in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad that he would not run the Spanish round. “Remco already won the Vuelta last year and no one would accept any other result than thatand I would have to do a heavy and specific preparation”.
However, Lefevere has changed his mind. in recent weeks as a result of Evenepoel’s great performance in the Tour of Switzerland and in the Belgian National Championships and, in statements to DH, he has confirmed that the cyclist will finally go to La Vuelta. “At the beginning I said that it was better that I did not do La Vuelta. But when I have seen the level to which he has returned and the desire that he shows, I cannot do more than what he wants. And Remco wants to face big challenges”.
In this way, Evenepoel will come as a rival to beat a Vuelta in which the presence of Primoz Roglic, his great rival in last year’s edition until his abandonment due to a fall, and Geraint Thomas, and waiting to know the participation of other great figures such as Enric Mas or Richard Carapaz after his early abandonment in the Tour de France.