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Teams & Riders The Remco Evenepoel is the next Eddy Merckx thread

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As for 63kg. The only consolation is that the tour climbs are the classic long, gradual drags this year, except for Pla D'Adet. Of course, maybe he thinks the first TT is 55 km not 25 km... He has a 90s-00s tour build
Or maybe it all doesn´t matter because Evenepoel feels he has to shift his focus to the olympics after his crash in itzulia and lacking some shape.
And given his performance in the past, I don´t think the long gradual drags are in his favor, even less so if above 2000m.
 
It's in/around Zottegem. Evenepoel can win, so can plenty of others. It's 222km and 1800 altitude meters if ridewithgps.com is correct. That's nearly bang on the same amount of uphill per km, as Ronde Van Vlaanderen, but it's just 50km shorter, which makes quite the difference.
Dirk de Wolf did a recon of it for HBvL, and more or less came to the same conclusion: can be a 30-40 men sprint, but also a solo winner or from a small group.

https://pressreader.com/article/282291030404897
https://pressreader.com/article/282295325372193
 
Yea, it's strange all Belgian pros are required to be there, when you'd think another 4000 meters in the Alpes would be a better use of time before the Tour.
In Italy it is (or was) manatory to participate to be selected for the NT that year. They often try to have routes that suit the kind of riders who'd also to well on the upcoming WC route. Still, if you are a big enough name and have a good enough excuse you can avoid it and still be selected (Nibali skipped the NC before the 2016 Olympics)
 
So what do the Remco fans think about the two TT's (~60km) in this years TDF?

Do the TT's suit Remco over the other GC favorites (Pogi , Roglic and a healthy Vingo?) If so, how much time can he theoretically put into those three (if any?)
It's his first Tour, so, if he is a generational talent, he wins the first TT. But the Tour is the Tour, so nothing is a given. I'd say he's got a better chance than Pog, Vingo (should he ride) and Rog in this one. The second one is impossible to tell because it's the last stage and you have Col d'Eze which is a real climb and honestly I think he is less effective uphill during a TT. So I doubt he wins it.
 
It's his first Tour, so, if he is a generational talent, he wins the first TT. But the Tour is the Tour, so nothing is a given. I'd say he's got a better chance than Pog, Vingo (should he ride) and Rog in this one. The second one is impossible to tell because it's the last stage and you have Col d'Eze which is a real climb and honestly I think he is less effective uphill during a TT. So I doubt he wins it.
I'd say Remco can win the last TT if GC is already settled. And Remco has dropped out of GC since long.
 
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I think it’s very exciting we’ll finally get see Remco in Le Tour. I usually root for Roglic when the big guns are in a race, but I will be cheering on Remco as well.

Welcome a board, its so nice to have everyday new members on our side,after this journey you never, ever going to support another rider, only our beloved Remco The Great Evenepoel.
 
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I don't know, because the last TT usually goes to the top dogs. Everybody is on fumes, so it would be better for Remco to be there in GC.

Yes, the last TT is about recovery and on top of that it's mountainous so it will be likely won by the strongest climber of the Tour. However, there's also a scenario when top dogs are tired after the GC fight while Remco loses GC hopes earlier and saves himself for the last TT.
 
Yes, the last TT is about recovery and on top of that it's mountainous so it will be likely won by the strongest climber of the Tour. However, there's also a scenario when top dogs are tired after the GC fight while Remco loses GC hopes earlier and saves himself for the last TT.
I'm not making predictions, but he will ride for GC as long as he is with the best I think. I'd rather in any case he tested himself, even if he loses the podium to see where he can arrive, instead of saving energy for the last TT. He needs to build character for future GC attempts at the Tour.