He had one crash at 21 years old.. I remember Gilbert disappearing into a ravine on a descent at the Tour and smashing his kneecap a couple years ago, did people line up to say he was a bad bike handler?Much has been said about the possibility of Bernal (ex MTBer, alongside VdP and the others at the end of the gravel sections in Strade Bianche, etc) as a real contender for tomorrow. What of Evenepoel, who was kicking a pig's bladder around at the age when he should have been riding off-road for fun? Bike handling does not seem to be a great strength of his, although his team support should be outstanding. Can he stay in contention, or is he riding for damage limitation?
I've seen nothing so far to indicate that Remco is some sort of Belgian Richie Porte.