After nine months of absence, Remco Evenepoel will return to the professional peloton on the occasion of the Giro, his first Grand Tour. The young Belgian rider does not intend to give an objective, first wanting to see where he is.
Remco Evenepoel will resume competition and not in any framework. Absent since his heavy fall during the 2021 edition of the Tour of Lombardy, the Belgian prodigy will discover the atmosphere and the demands of a Grand Tour. Indeed, the 21-year-old rider is part of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team which will be present this Saturday in Turin for the Grand Départ of the 104th edition of the Giro. Completely recovered from the fracture of the pelvis following his fall on the Lombard roads nine months ago, the native of Aalst does not want to put too much pressure on himself.
” I’m happy to resume competition after such a long break, during which I worked hard to be ready to participate in my first Grand Tour, said Remco Evenepoel in a press release from his team. Since this will be my first race since last August, we will have to see how my body will react. »Cut in full swing in a 2020 season during which he won the Tour of San Juan, the Tour of the Algarve, the Tour of Burgos and the Tour of Poland, Remco Evenepoel does not want to skip the stages while he is going take part for the first time in his young career in a three-week long race.
” We will take the steps one by one and see how it goes, says the Belgian. What matters most is the fact that I am back with my teammates and the management of the team., which makes me very happy. »A Deceuninck-Quick Step team concentrated around Joao Almeida, fourth in the 2020 edition of the Tour of Italy after having worn the leader’s pink jersey for a fortnight, but who will be ambitious from the start with Rémi Cavagna who intends to play his card during the inaugural time trial in the streets of Turin.