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British climbing ace James Knox knows exactly where he wants to be the next few years, and that’s right beside Remco Evenepoel .
Or, especially when the road tilts upward, right in front of him.
Evenepoel’s sudden rise to grand tour prominence provides a golden opportunity for Knox to develop into a key climbing asset for the budding Belgian superstar at Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.
“I’ve done races with him the past couple of years, where I’ve supported him,” Knox said in a recent interview. “I know that role quite well, and there will be opportunities in the future to be there for him in the grand tours to support him.”
The 27-year-old Knox joined Quick-Step in 2018, and quickly emerged as one of the team’s most consistent climbers.On a team long renowned for its classics acumen, Knox’s climbing abilities were sometimes not fully utilized. His 11th overall at the 2019 Vuelta a España and 14th at the 2020 Giro d’Italia confirmed his climbing chops, but he’s yet to elbow his way onto the Tour de France squad.That’s due to change with Evenepoel winning the Vuelta a España in spectacular fashion, and his growing ambitions that reach toward future success at the Tour.Knox is hoping there is room for him on the Remco Express.“The plan for me was to be at the Vuelta with […]
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