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Depending on who 's on the startlist, it might also take the spotligts away from him as a big favorite. Though i'm not sure it would much of a difference in his case.
Favorite of what? When he proved something in a grand tour? How do you know that he is a grand tour gc rider?
He never proved something in a grand tour to be a favorite, so he's got no pressure.
If he goes to the giro and make a top 10, prove something, then it's a great result for him.
 
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Favorite of what? When he proved something in a grand tour? How do you know that he is a grand tour gc rider?
He never proved something in a grand tour to be a favorite, so he's got no pressure.
If he goes to the giro and make a top 10, prove something, then it's a great result for him.
He's got no pressure? Have you been in a coma the last 3 years? People expect him to deliver every race he ever starts.
There shouldn't be any pressure on him, but you know as well as anyone that there always will be.
 
He's got no pressure? Have you been in a coma the last 3 years? People expect him to deliver every race he ever starts.
There shouldn't be any pressure on him, but you know as well as anyone that there always will be.
He is a victim of his handler's hype machine. Rock-star like expectations are almost never met to all fan's satisfaction. Like some are suggesting here; let him prove himself.
 
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He is a victim of his handler's hype machine. Rock-star like expectations are almost never met to all fan's satisfaction. Like some are suggesting here; let him prove himself.
Is that relevant? When they first announced he would be riding the 2020 Giro, the Giro organization made him the posterboy of the edition. Unfortunately, he crashed at Lombardia. There are camera crews following him at every race. There was a camera crew following his parents while he was tumbling down a bridge in Lombardia. There was a camera crew following his parents during this years prologue. There were daily newspaper sections devoted to his first grand tour. Regardless of him having proven anything or not in a 3 week GT, he will be in the spotlights. Half the people hate and ridicule him, half love and adore him. He's gold for the media. When there are articles about him, they generally attract lots more posts in the comment section than articles about any other rider, haters and fans all want to see how he does, be it to see him fail or succeed. He will be expected to perform, there will be pressure.

Favorite of what? When he proved something in a grand tour? How do you know that he is a grand tour gc rider?
He never proved something in a grand tour to be a favorite, so he's got no pressure.
If he goes to the giro and make a top 10, prove something, then it's a great result for him.
What i know is completely irrelevant. What you expect is completely irrelevant as well. What has he proven in a grand tour? Last year he was in the top 10 of the Giro for 15 days, coming from a bad injury and after a preparation that was far from ideal. It would only make sense that there could be a considerable improvement for his next attempt. Whether that improvement will be that he can be more dominant for 2 weeks before fading, or that he can hang on for a full three weeks in the top 10, or perhaps both, we'll have to see.
 
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I think it makes a lot of sense for Evenpoel to race the 2022 Giro. Lots of stages fit his current profile. The Torino and Napoli stages, for example. No unpaved roads or anything AFAIK ...he could be racking up the stage wins if he's more dominant than this year.

He's got no pressure? Have you been in a coma the last 3 years? People expect him to deliver every race he ever starts.
There shouldn't be any pressure on him, but you know as well as anyone that there always will be.
I expect the hype to be the same or even higher if he climbs with the very best in Tirreno-Adriatico. If he doesn't, but still ends up winning that race, the hype will still be big, but people with some cycling knowledge won't back him as a podium favorite, I'm pretty sure. (I mean, WVA did finish 2nd behind Pogacar)

That's if Remco races the Giro, of course. He was going to target the Vuelta (which IMO is risky - imagine if Dani Martinez wasn't Bernal's dedicated dom but a GT leader ...and had only targeted the Vuelta this year - it would have been a year with 0 GTs for him). If you crash during or before the Giro there's always the Vuelta as backup plan.
 
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