Giro d'Italia - Remco Evenepoel: It's my first race after the big crash so I don't know how the body will react
May 06 2021 01:29 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Remco Evenepoel: It's my first race after the big crash so I don't know how the body will react
Giro d'Italia - Remco Evenepoel: It's my first race after the big crash so I don't know how the body will react
Photo of Remco Evenepoel (c) Wout Beel

Remco Evenepoel and Joao Almeida are set to lead Deceuninck-Quick-Step in the upcoming Giro d'Italia, the race in which the Belgian will make his return to the peloton.

By Maritza Cárdenas

Evenepoel was set to make his grand tour debut in the 2020 edition of the Corsa Rosa but his accident in Il Lombardia prevented that from happening. The young Belgian talent -who was having an outstanding season by the time of his accident with victories in the Vuelta a San Juan, the Volta ao Algarve, the Vuelta a Burgos and the Tour de Pologne- will return to racing in the Italian grand tour.

The Belgian is ready to start at the three-week race, which will be part of his preparation for the Olympic Games of Tokyo, and without any pressure as he will be testing his feelings on the bike. "It's my first race after the big crash 10 months ago so I don't know how the body will react," he explained. "I have no pressure. The main goal of this season is the Olympics and I said that the Giro will be part of the road to Tokyo, we will see how the body reacts. It's been too long to say if I'm better than last year or if I'm feeling more confident. We will see day by day.

"The Olympics plan never changed, everything depends on how well I will do through the Giro. For me the most important is to feel well, to feel confident on the bike, in the bunch. I just feel healthy and I'm really excited to restart racing, training went well but training is not the same as racing."

Evenepoel also explained that he took his preparation towards his return to racing in a calm way, because he needed it to be like this, before returning to the pack in the first grand tour of the season. "There was no time to do any races before," the rider explained. "We didn't hurry, there was no need to rush. Three months towards a race is quite a long time, I needed preparation without any pressure to be ready at a certain time for another race."

The co-leader of the team Joao Almeida, is also happy to return to the race in which he wore the Maglia Rosa for 15 consecutive days in 2020, but without any particular pressure.

"My mindset is just to take it day by day as always, going for a GC place but no pressure," said Almeida. "The race is going to talk by itself. It is really hard. It is a different year, there is a sterrato stage. I'm really excited to be here and I think it is going to be really fun.

"The cooperation (with Remco) will be pretty good. Last year we did really good work together in Algarve and Burgos, and we trained together so I think we're quite on the same page. So I think the cooperation will be great as always."




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