Evenepoel warns: "I have improved during the break"

The Belgian star of the Deceuninck, one of the attractions of the Vuelta a Burgos. He hopes to continue his streak of five wins in 2020 before the pandemic.


Remco Evenepoel arrived in Burgos yesterday at noon and a few hours later went out to film with his companions. The 20-year-old Belgian, the one designated as the great champion of the future, did not remove his mask until he got on the bike. “I trust my team and the organization to compete safely. For my part, I will comply with all the rules. Now people need to comply with them, because there are times when I get the feeling that some people have forgotten, they ask you for a photo too close, they do not respect the distance, and we cannot make that mistake, ”he revealed in a meeting with journalists, including AS.

Always smiling and attentive, the young leader of the Deceuninck claimed to be very happy to return to compete after a hiatus due to the pandemic that cut the amazing progression with which 2020 began: in just 15 days of competition he accumulated five wins in the Tour of San Juan Argentina and the Volta to the Portuguese Algarve. "I know that the level is going to be higher here, with some of the best climbers in the world, but that is an advantage for me," he commented about the fantastic star poster gathered at the event in Burgos.

However, Evenepoel assures that the time that has passed without competing has taken advantage of it: “I have trained hard, but I have also changed aspects such as my diet. I feel like I'm better than before the break, both physically and mentally. ” A plane, the psychological one, key for an athlete so young that he must already behave like a leader before much more veteran colleagues. Although he clarifies his point of view: “Yes, in the race sometimes I have to dictate how I want it to come, but it is something that stays on the road. When I get off the bike I don't pretend to be more than any of them. ”

A role that he must assume in the next Giro d'Italia, the first major of his still short career, but he rejects that he can already be placed among the top favorites: “I defend myself in the mountains and I do well in the time trial, but not I know how I will react when we have a two-week race. " For this reason, it is taken as a pride that cyclists like Nibali point out to him as the possible surprise of the round: “It is an honor that a cyclist of his record takes me into account for the Giro. I take it as a motivation. ”

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