Remco Evenepoel has consented with Vincenzo Nibali he is an outside favorite to win the Giro d’Italia.
The Deceuninck-Quick Measure rider will race the Italian nationwide tour in October, his first Grand Tour in only his second season as a specialist.
Throughout the time the 20-year old has picked up 10 wins, such as procuring the overall classification at either the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina and Volta ao Algarve in Portugal prior to the period came to a stop in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nibali, twice a winner of the Giro, singled out Evenepoel as a possible”huge surprise” — something which the Belgian took as a privilege.
“it is a huge honor a multiple Grand Tour winner has supported me to be among the big favourites in this race,” he told a group of supporters on a video-call before La Vuelta a Burgos, his first race .
“It merely gives me inspiration if somebody like him informs that to the press. He’s not likely to lie.
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“He’s a man with a great deal of years of expertise, so that he said I think that it could be true. However, for me personally, I’m not going to speak. You may just talk following October 25.
“When it is my very first Grand Tour that I wouldn’t consider myself as among the favorites, but possibly as an outsider, since everyone understands that I grow well and that I’ve a fantastic TT.
“It’s my very first Grand Tour therefore we can’t say how I’ll feel after two weeks of rushing, but that I have dome some recons and it’s pretty difficult.”
Originally expected to begin at Hungary, the race begins in Sicily using a 16km time trial — supplying Evenepoel — that the European time trial winner — an chance to take the race lead instantly.
Later, stage 14’s 33.7km evaluation against the clockand the last day’s 16.5km period trial will present additional chances for him if he’s to seek out overall glory.
“The very first day, it is not that I wish to choose the pink jersey, but I need to take some time on the opposite GC men. I, however, can go out 16k and determine what the outcome is,” he added.
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“The next time trial is something I truly look forward to since it’s very difficult and it is not technical, it is practically all straight lines up and down, therefore it’s something which ought to truly be an advantage for me, possibly.
“But of course there are different phases going nearly 3,000m of elevation that aren’t actually within my benefit but I am working on this.”
Put to him that his style of racing could be comparable to Tom Dumoulin and Primož Roglič in he must make gains in time trials, Evenepoel didn’t disagree.
“In case you’ve got a fantastic time trial, I am not going to say it is simpler, however you can have yet another approach and that’s simply try to not be shed on the climbs and go out at time trials,” he explained.
“In case you do not fall on the climbs and you move quicker at the time trials compared to others, then the outcome will probably be there.
“But it is different as a man like [Richard] Carapaz is among the greatest climbers in the world and that I do not know whether I’ll have the ability to accompany him at the climbs.
“But obviously I want to take these time trials as focusing points and we not understand in the hills if I feel great. Perhaps I can place in a little assault and get some time.”
Already considered as one of the greatest riders in the peloton, the Belgian is comfy as staff leader despite his youthful years.
He added:”Through the races I tell the men’OK I wish to do it just like that or that manner’, but out of the races that I do not pretend that I’m more than others. In addition, I cover the java stops.
“I’m not acting like I’m the king. From the races it’s different, you know that they can do everything for you, so you must refund them apart from the races and that is the way I think you are a pioneer — to behave normal, be yourself with every one. A thank you isn’t a great deal to ask.”