Cycling’s worst-kept secret is out this week with confirmation that Remco Evenepoel will target the Giro d’Italia in 2023.
The Belgian superstar and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl revealed Wednesday that the Italian grand tour will be at the center of his plans next season.
Packed with time trial kilometers, the choice seems like the right one. Evenepoel also has some scores to settle with the Giro following his famous flameout in 2021.
Yet what is Evenepoel giving up or gaining by putting the Tour de France on hold? The inevitable clash with Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard, both of whom seem likely to target the Tour next summer, is on ice until at least 2024.
Our European team dives in on the pros and cons of Evenepoel’s Giro choice: Sadhbh O’Shea: Yes, Remco made right choice to race the Giro
Evenepoel will blast into 2023 with the rainbow bands on his shoulders. (Photo: DAVID STOCKMAN/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images) After his win at the Vuelta a España, the first for a Belgian since 1978, and his worlds win in Australia, Evenepoel’s next move was always going to be hotly debated.While a title at the Tour de France was an appetizing choice, for many reasons, a Giro d’Italia bid is the right decision for the Belgian world champion.There has been so much hype around Evenepoel since he started racing and that has tipped into overdrive since his Vuelta-worlds double. Had he gone to the Tour, it would likely have boiled over. Evenepoel’s debut […]
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