Remco Evenepoel at the Baloise Belgium Tour (Image credit: Getty Images)
Remco Evenepoel will take the start of the Tokyo Olympics men’s road race this Saturday as one of the favourites for victory among the 130 riders lining up in Musashinomori Park.
The 21-year-old is set to be co-leader of the Belgian squad with Wout van Aert and said on Wednesday that his teammate is among the very top favourites for victory on the Fuji International Speedway after 234km of racing.
Evenepoel, who hasn’t been in action since the Belgian Championships in mid June, will be up against a number of big contenders who flew to Japan straight from the Tour de France. He said that those riders might have the edge on the field, depending on their freshness.
"There are several guys who did their Tour to prepare the Games. Maybe they still have an edge," Evenepoel told assembled media, including Het Nieuwsblad , at a pre-race press conference. "But someone like Tadej Pogačar recovers quickly from such a tough race. He also knows how to do it, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a joint top favourite.
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