The world of cycling has been wrapped up for a couple of years in the hype surrounding a super-generation of young talents, who have turned the sporting paradigm on its head. You’re not supposed to start winning big bike races until you’ve put in a few years’ graft getting your head kicked in by seasoned WorldTour pros – but the likes of Egan Bernal, Tadej Pogačar and Tom Pidcock have all flipped that on its head, winning almost immediately, and in most cases, winning big.
Another rider in this generation of talents is Remco Evenepoel, who perhaps shoulders even more of a hype burden than the others because of where he comes from. Indeed, being known as the ‘next Merckx’ in a country as cycling-crazed as Belgium is a real weight to bear.
This week, ahead of his maiden Grand Tour, Evenepoel told press: "I’m happy to race again after such a long period, during which I worked hard to be ready for my first Grand Tour.
"Being my first race since last August means that we’ll need to see how my body will react. We will take it day by day and see how things go. The most important thing is that I am back with my teammates and staff again, which makes me very happy.”
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Despite neatly avoiding any talk of GC ambitions, the idea that Evenepoel might win the Giro persists. He is ranked third favourite […]