I think one of the problems on Evenepoel's part is that he is not good at reading a race, and maybe he also didn't understand the Belgian strategy very well.This looks like a criticism from the designated team leader. Or it could just be historical revisionism.
"That was indeed not our tactic at all," Van Aert said of Evenepoel’s early move.
Remco was the one who had to be there late on for me and Jasper. He made the choice to take the lead so early, while our intention was to race defensively. That bothers me. We couldn't whistle back to Remco at that time. There were no earphones and the fans were making so much noise that it was impossible to speak to someone three places ahead of you."
And I think that if the team didn't trust Evenepoel to read a race situation (no radio), they would be more reluctant to have him in a situation where that was required. Easier then with crude and absolute orders.