I think quite clearly his attack put a number of guys over the limit. They were not on the limit when he attacked, but that attack did all it needed to do.Pretty incredible win today. I was starting to get a bit tired of the constant hype but any time a race is won in this fashion there is nothing but respect. I love seeing this kind of racing and am grateful for the current ones spicing it up. Lots of what if’s due to the crash and lacking chase but can’t deny he deserved this win. Will be interesting to see what he can put together on mountain stages this year.
On another note it seems many of the classics this year have ended with rather anticlimactic chase efforts or where the winning move has been missed with not even an attempt to close. Maybe they were all on the limit here when he went but didn’t look like it. Glad aggressive racing is being rewarded.
I think it now becomes very clear and easy. Co-leaders. Remco attacks 30-40k. Wout stays in the peloton and counters any other attacks, disrupts chase. If Remco gets caught, he does the leadout for Wout.And while we are on the WCRR topic, the Belgian team selection and tactics for this year will be fun to watch.
Ok, so this goes here and in the Nibali thread.
From today's la Gazzetta dello Sport:
"...that's when, at -29 kms to go, Evenepoel took a look around, and decided that the moment of his rebirth had finally arrived. He thus shot out of the group like "a deer in springtime" and he murdered the race, ultimately catching up to and then dropping with ease on the final climb the frenchman Armirail, the last surviver of a super long breakaway group. The "crime" had a most excellent witness in Vincenzo Nibali: "Yes, I was there. I realized that he was about to attack. Of instinct I tried to get in his splipstream, but when he stepped on the gas he was going at triple speed. Super impressive, truely a phenomenon. My compliments go out to him. It was beautiful to see him win an important race after everything he's been through."
PS. "Remco is a kid with the heart of gold, as he was first to make his support known to Colbrelli after his heart attack with a message on Twitter."
Remco won LBL in Vandenbroucke style… Very impressive win, yesterday.
It was apparently the fastest edition of LBL, ever.
2021: Pogacar, 259.1 kms, 4352 vertical meters, average 38.9 kms/hr.
2022: Evenepoel, 257.2 kms, 4342 vertical meters, average 41.4 kms/hr.
Remco was 2.5 kms/hr faster than Pogi was in 2021!…
Should be an interesting clash with Tobias Johanneson the current winner of L’Avenir in the latters home raceTour of Norway should be a nice warmup for Remcos climbing legs.
The first stage ends with a 2,1 km climb at 8,4% (14% max).
Second stage is kind of easy, but there is a 28 km climb at almost 5% in the middle of the stage.
Third stage is the queen stage. 175 km with some climbs in the first 100 km, with the biggest one 6,3 km at 7,5%. Then the final MTF is 12 km at 8,2%. 16% max. This is a proper climb.
Fourth stage is for the sprinter, but 232 km long, so a good training ride.
Fifht stage and 6th stage is also pretty easy, but there is some hills in the last part of the stage where Remco can try his trademark solo attacks if needed.
Tobias seriously hurt his arm in the crash yesterday, so not sure if he will be ready. His brother said yesterday the he don't think it's broken but they were gonna do scans today. If it's not a big injury we can be in for a nice fight.Should be an interesting clash with Tobias Johanneson the current winner of L’Avenir in the latters home race