‘Julian Alaphilippe is a bit of a mystery this year. The whole season he has fought against bad luck,’ Lefevere says of his world champion.
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According to Patrick Lefevere his young Vuelta a España leader Remco Evenepoel ( Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl ) could not have done any more in relation to his preparation and training for the Spanish grand tour.
Evenepoel heads to the Vuelta with genuine hopes of mounting a respectable GC challenge but the 22-year-old is also looking for his first grand tour finish having crashed out of last year’s Giro d’Italia despite a very promising start.
The Belgian rider has been in incredible form over the last few weeks with a dominant win in San Sebastian and a national time trial championship title added to his already extensive palmarès .
Evenepoel’s powers in week-long stage races are well known but his three week caliber remains slightly unclear at this stage of his career. He certainly doesn’t lack the talent but consistency over three weeks still remains somewhat of an unknown according to Lefevere.
‘Realistically it’s a mystery for us,” Lefevere told VeloNews when asked how the Belgian might perform at the Vuelta.“We have no precedent. We know that he can win Algarve and everyone says that’s easy, but in Switzerland he had a bad day and then everyone shoots at him, but he’s […]