Remco Evenepoel no longer rides Tour and Vuelta this season after giving up in Giro

Remco Evenepoel will no longer ride a Grand Tour this year. That is what his team manager Patrick Lefevere said. The Belgian world champion had to leave the Tour of Italy as leader a few days ago after a positive corona test. He will therefore stick to his planned program for the rest of the season and will not add a Tour or Vuelta.

After winning the Tour of Spain at the end of last season, Remco Evenpoel hoped to add the Giro d’Italia to his list of achievements this year. He also had an egg to peel with that match. In 2021 he appeared at the start while still recovering from a heavy crash a few months earlier. After some solid performances, he had to give up in the seventeenth stage after a crash.

Also this time fate struck in the Tour of Italy. After a scorching opening time trial, the young Belgian felt a little less at the beginning of the second week. Nevertheless, he won the time trial again on Sunday, even if it was only 1 second ahead of Geraint Thomas. Because Evenepoel was not feeling great, he had himself tested for the corona virus. That test turned out to be positive, after which he gave up.

No Tour and Vuelta

Many fans hoped that Remco Evenepoel would still add the Tour de France to his program. But that won’t happen. “If he doesn’t shine there, many will shoot him with bazookas,” Patrick Lefevere explains that decision in The newspapaer.

The 23-year-old Belgian will also not ride the Tour of Spain, which Evenepoel won last year. “Remco has already won the Tour of Spain. So no one would accept any other outcome from him. Moreover, it would again require quite heavy and very specific preparation.”

One-day rates

It is not yet entirely clear what is still on his schedule. Much of that depends on how quickly Evenepoel recovers. “For the first time he tested negative. We therefore think that he has been ill for a total of five days. On Tuesday in particular, the symptoms were the strongest: headache and sore throat, in addition to great fatigue. But now he’s better. We will let him rest all weekend and he will have heart tests early next week,” explains Lefevere.

“We had thought about the Critérium du Dauphiné (which starts on June 4, ed.), but it comes early,” it sounds. Remco Evenepoel’s next goals are the BK time trial on June 22 and the BK on the road on June 25. This will be followed by the Road World Championships on August 6 and the Time Trial World Championships on August 11. Later in the season, Evenepoel will mainly focus on one-day races such as the Tour of Lombardy on October 7.

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