Which I think is good. Win Remco wants to be a GT rider he should spending the Winter and early season training in mountains (put him 4 weeks at Teide or something in january/february and race some stage races with some climbing in it (Pick freely from UAE, Tirreno, Catalonia, Tour of the Alps, Romandie) before the Giro.Giro kinda limits what you can do in February to April tbh.
Which GT to aim for really depends on what his goal is with riding that GT.Which I think is good. Win Remco wants to be a GT rider he should spending the Winter and early season training in mountains (put him 4 weeks at Teide or something in january/february and race some stage races with some climbing in it (Pick freely from UAE, Tirreno, Catalonia, Tour of the Alps, Romandie) before the Giro.
If he gets “freedom in calendar” in the first half of the season I fear he will do some classics in Belgium and maybe even race the early season stage races like a classic rider and not like a real GT contender (this is vague, I don’t really know how to describe what it thinking about). We know he can dominate smaller classics and stage races without the big climbs, it’s not what I want him to focus on if he and the team is serious about making him into a GT-rider.
It's not only this fall, since he turned pro he did well on climbing stages only in Burgos at the first race after the longest break ever seen since WWII. You can take out the shipwreaking of the Giro but also here i doubt he was so bad considering that after 10 days he was already doing his trick on flemish hills at the Tour of Belgium despite having crashed out of the Giro.By this definition, Bardet, Sosa, Kuss, Simon Yates, Vingegaard, Vlasov... aren't climbers. A lot of riders can drop them on longer climbs.
During the Euros, he dropped every climber in the race (Almeida, Bardet, Pogacar, Sivakov, Mollema...) on a 3.5km climb. The only rider he couldn't drop was a "sprinter".
A recurring theme, he needs to prove again and again what he can do in order to be sure, and the first moment he falters, it's proof he can't do it. He drops everybody in Burgos and Algarve, but that doesn't prove anything. He's "only 5th" in Emilia (ahead of Vingegaard, Kruijswijk, Martin, Mollema, Quintana, Pozzovivo...) after leading out his teammate in the final and finishes poorly in the last race of the season (yet ahead of known climbers) and he gets demoted to being in trouble on anything longer than 3k climbs. Imagine going into the Pogacar thread and question his climbing ability based on his Euro and Emilia performances.
It's all very tiresome really. If anything, what he did in the Giro, knowing he was on a downward trajectory of form, was reassuring imho. He was still in the top 10 after 14 stages and even finished the Zoncolan stage "only" 1m30s from Bernal. Even if you want to ignore the circumstances regarding his injury, it being his first race in 9 months and his lack of base form, a rider his age that finishes so close on such a stage would be seen as a future climbing force to be reckoned with. But in Evenepoel's case, let's use it as proof he's not a climber.
He may not be a pure climber, how we imagine a Contador or Quintana. But i think you'll have a hard time finding 10 riders with better climbing performances than him at that age in the past decade.
They are not mutually exclusive. Him excelling on a repetition of 500-3.500m climbs, where he might actually be the best in the world already, doesn't mean he couldn't be great at longer climbs as well. He doesn't have to be the best at everything in order to become a major GT contender. Again, he finished 90 seconds from Bernal on the Zoncolan, even if you ignore the circumstances, that's still an immense achievement for a 21 year old. But it's Evenepoel we're talking about so for some reason that doesn't count. Him doing his trick at BBT... actually, that's it, he wasn't able to do his trick there, he couldn't even drop two guys who were already in the break the entire day. It actually proves he was not fully recovered, and i think it's still a difference to ride BBT against small fry opposition, compared to Zoncolan vs Bernal, Carthy etc.It's not only this fall, since he turned pro he did well on climbing stages only in Burgos at the first race after the longest break ever seen since WWII. You can take out the shipwreaking of the Giro but also here i doubt he was so bad considering that after 10 days he was already doing his trick on flemish hills at the Tour of Belgium despite having crashed out of the Giro.
Maybe from next year he'll suddenly turn into the new Pantani but at the moment there is a clear pattern in his performances with little hills being his playground, if i have to think about what big races he could dominate if ridden tomorrow i think about Ronde or Amstel not a Tour de Suisse, a Dauphine or a GT.
Ala and Evenepoel barely race together, even though they get on great.
Could be another reason to have him race the Giro (I don't think he'll want to wait until the Vuelta)
To avoid a clash of egos.
It would even help them both as Evenepoel can attack and Ala just has to sit on and respond.If Alaphilippe and Cavendish for green work in the same Tour, there should not be a problem with Evenepoel and Alaphilippe in the Tour - unless Evenepoel plans to contend the same stages as a stage hunter.
Actually I would love to see Alaphilippe do the Vuelta... but I guess that doesn't happen unless something goes wrong in the earlier season.
Personally I think Evenepoel should do somethink like: UAE, Paris-Nice, Catalunya, Giro, races where he can go head to head with really good stage racers and which aren't too punchy, then a pause and see how much he still has in the tank for the rest of the season.
I wasn't sarcastic. He got along with Cav and doing leadouts famously. He just needs to be able to go into breakaways and get the occasional stage to yolo.What else should he have done in his Tour participations?
Okay. Yolo *** certainly sounds completely appraising.I wasn't sarcastic. He got along with Cav and doing leadouts famously. He just needs to be able to go into breakaways and get the occasional stage to yolo.
If Evenepoel goes to the Tour for a GC, it's not like DQS have to carry the race most likely. Evenepoel mostly needs to hang on and DQS should want to create chaos in echelons and that sort of stuff much rather than control mountain stages anyway.