“The focus is now on restoring my condition,” he says. “We are not going to add a few more races before the Giro. My condition must first be in order.”
Remco Evenepoel obtained again on his bike on February 9, three months before the begin of the Giro on May 8 in Turin. “Three months is short,” admitted the younger champion. “But we already know that I will take the start without ambition, without expectations. I see the Giro as a preparation for the summer, it’s a three-week training camp to prepare for the big goals later in the year. I will maybe score a stage from time to time, but I am not aiming for the general classification. We are not going to the Giro with this idea “.
Evenepoel will not have a competitors in his legs both before this Tour of Italy. “No, and it is a threat, and it may prove good or unhealthy, however it’s a selection we made. I’m specializing in getting my condition again on monitor now and three months is not lengthy. It does not make sense to rapidly do a few races two weeks earlier, in the Ardennes for instance, to have a sure race tempo. The selection was made to sharpen this condition. We will see later if it was a good selection”.
However, he may have accomplished two coaching programs at altitude before the Giro. The first begins subsequent week on Mount Teide, the second will comply with in April, though the location is not but clear. “My basic condition is indeed still limited,” he admitted. “But anyway, I’m not going to Teide with the idea that I’m going to do five to six hour workouts like the other guys there. It will be four, maybe even three hours a day. . We’ll see what my coach says. Listen, this workout was already planned, long before I relapsed, so it was a question of whether or not I would leave for Teide, if I had enough hours. in the legs. But I go with the guys and that’s a good thing, especially after being away for so long. It’s good to get back to the rhythm of training, to train together, to eat together , to think of nothing but running and training in such a camp. At altitude you can easily improve your basic condition. This will be more or less a stage to prepare for the other stage in altitude in April “.
As the time is so quick before the Giro, Evenepoel will not do stage reconnaissance both. “No, that’s not the plan, the time is too short for that,” he admitted.
After the Giro, Evenepoel will not take part in any race to put together for the Olympic Games. “It’s precisely the identical story, it would prove properly or not. On the different hand, in the previous, we now have seen that I can be good instantly after excessive altitude coaching in competitors. And then I’ll have already got the Giro in the legs anyway “.
Finally, there may be a probability that Evenepoel will compete in the Vuelta. “This chance exists”, he once more admitted. “But the determination has not but been made. It remains to be a great distance off and it’s a concern for later. It is necessary to regain 100% form and to be in a position to climb the passes simply. Then we are going to take the large ones. selections, ”he laughs.