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He certainly has a strange build for an elite level climber and time trialist (a relatively slow twitch endurance athlete)

For context, I am a similar height and weight. 173cm and 63-64kg. And since 2019 I was only riding for general fitness and cardio, a did a lot of strength training in the gym, acrobatics, and so have gained some muscle. Back in 2018 my raceweight was about 58kg.

So I don't understand really, because you see on his strava that he is training very hard. I guess he naturally holds a little bit more weight than a lot of men who are genetically gifted climbers.

But at the same time he did demolished the field on Norway Tour 2 weeks ago. And being 2kgs too heavy should surely impact him more tomorrow than today.

He has been flying since January. Maybe he has just pushed himself too hard for 7 months and needs some rest?
Tour norway is more slow than tour de suisse. He beat jay vine at norway tour. Here the competition is different.
 
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Wishing him covid to make the performance seem less bad is really childish mindset.
What are you talking about. We are looking for explanations. As should he and the team considering he wants to be a GC rider and win GT's. If there is no explanation, then you can basically forget about being a GC rider for GT's because then it means you can't control it and it can happen anytime. Looking back at his short career so far, he ran like clockwork before his crash. The only bad days he had were in the 2019 ToR where he had crashed several times and it was cold and wet. But for four years he rarely had an offday. Now he still manages the same highs, but he has far more lows to go along with them. For an aspiring GT contender, we should hope for something that explains it other than ''didn't have the legs''. In case he has covid, then today's result does not have to dampen his future ambitions.

I never said that mass doesn't matter on short climbs, only that it's not the issue here. Evenepoel did way better on Itzulla climbs while probably weighting more. In Norway he looked skinnier than before, had his best ever climbing performance and now suddenly mass is a problem again? It doesn't add up. Either there's a particular reason (illness, dehydration etc) or his form really dropped after spectacular form for a prolonged period (from LBL).
It's possible that race conditions have an impact on when exactly you can't keep up anymore in case your weight is suboptimal. Van Aert can follow many climbers for a few days, but finally he will get dropped. Being too heavy doesn't necessarily mean you will get dropped on every climb on every day. But it will likely happen eventually, and the more you weigh the higher the probability. Your body has to be able to keep providing the energy to push those watts. I think it will be less evident for a small guy to keep pushing big watts to compensate for his suboptimal weight even if he has the power to do so, you also have to be able to keep it up and have the energy for it.

Certainly disappointing for me, I'd hoped to see a good performance and even a win this week. Will be interesting to see what he says. Maybe I missed it already.
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Remco own explanation is overheating and that he struggled with the accelerations and less with the high tempo. (and that he forgotten that there was another climb otherwise he would have tried to hang on longer).

Lets see what brings the next days. Heat is not always the same and for sure not the same when comparing sweden to portugal/spain with the same temperature. (humidity)
But tomorrow won't be 10° colder i think... so unless he takes better care of dehydration and cooling underway ...

Performance wise we can't make any conclusions on this. Its not like form dissappears in 2-3 days. For sure this isn't a form related problem. Being the 5stage shouldn't be an issue either given how they rode the last days. Its not like it have been 5 hard days in the mountains.

agree with Big doopie, bit dissapointing. (unless it really ends up being sick)
 
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Look I have no problem with Evenepoel. He's a sport star and they sometimes have a little bit of a overconfident behaviour but that's priced in.

What I find pretty remarkable is the obsession with every single pedal stroke. I don't see this with van Aert, van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Bernal, Roglic, Pogacar and the other guys on Remcos level. Everyone has a bad day from time to time and today was one. Wishing him covid to make the performance seem less bad is really childish mindset.

Also besides his watts in Norway (I didn't saw the race but it look on paper very good) his season is just ranked that high because of Liege. That was not only a win because of strong legs but also a tactical win. I don't think he could have won the race on the climbs and teams didn't commit to a organized chase until it was too late. I would still say the strongest rider won on that day but I could also see him loosing a sprint out of a 5-6 men group if he is marked not only from Powless in his attack.

The other results this year? Not that remarkable as his 2020 results. Which is ok. He should keep his best form for the Vuelta at the end of the year and he was nevertheless competitive in the races he raced hin. But when it comes to stage races he isn't clearly a level above the other good GC guys as Pogacar and Roglic are.

If he races on in Suisse he can still com Top 5 which would be another good result and a step forward for him in my opinion.
I don't think it was childish, because Covid isn't the Black Death. It is a variant of flu and, like all flus, a rider infected will immediately suffer a loss of strength and drop in form. Given that a number of riders have pulled out of the race infected with Covid, it's completely normal to "hope" his poor performance is explainable through Covid, otherwise one wonders about his future as a rider for Grand Tours.

On Liege, Nibali said he tried to get on Remco's wheel when he attacked, but couldn't because he was going "three times as fast." "Impressive, he's a phenomenon," Nibali concluded. So his win there was very much on pure power.
 
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Look I have no problem with Evenepoel. He's a sport star and they sometimes have a little bit of a overconfident behaviour but that's priced in.

What I find pretty remarkable is the obsession with every single pedal stroke. I don't see this with van Aert, van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Bernal, Roglic, Pogacar and the other guys on Remcos level. Everyone has a bad day from time to time and today was one. Wishing him covid to make the performance seem less bad is really childish mindset.

Also besides his watts in Norway (I didn't saw the race but it look on paper very good) his season is just ranked that high because of Liege. That was not only a win because of strong legs but also a tactical win. I don't think he could have won the race on the climbs and teams didn't commit to a organized chase until it was too late. I would still say the strongest rider won on that day but I could also see him loosing a sprint out of a 5-6 men group if he is marked not only from Powless in his attack.

The other results this year? Not that remarkable as his 2020 results. Which is ok. He should keep his best form for the Vuelta at the end of the year and he was nevertheless competitive in the races he raced hin. But when it comes to stage races he isn't clearly a level above the other good GC guys as Pogacar and Roglic are.

If he races on in Suisse he can still com Top 5 which would be another good result and a step forward for him in my opinion.
The obsession is reminiscent of the Contador thread anno 2015-2017. The amount of discussion back then over his weight (judged by photographs of him :rolleyes:) were through he roof. Remember Fleur? @LaFlorecita
 
Remco own explanation is overheating and that he struggled with the accelerations and less with the high tempo. (and that he forgotten that there was another climb otherwise he would have tried to hang on longer).

Lets see what brings the next days. Heat is not always the same and for sure not the same when comparing sweden to portugal/spain with the same temperature. (humidity)
But tomorrow won't be 10° colder i think... so unless he takes better care of dehydration and cooling underway ...

Performance wise we can't make any conclusions on this. Its not like form dissappears in 2-3 days. For sure this isn't a form related problem. Being the 5stage shouldn't be an issue either given how they rode the last days. Its not like it have been 5 hard days in the mountains.

agree with Big doopie, bit dissapointing. (unless it really ends up being sick)
Tomorrow will be cooler because of the altitude. The majority of the stage is over 600m altitude and the finish is at 2000m. The heat should not be an issue tomorrow, neither on Saturday (to a lesser extent).
 
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Can't go into specifics, but Evenepoel came back fatigued from Norway which was not ''foreseen''. Don't know in which way this could have impacted his ride today. If that has anything to do with it, i doubt he'll do better tomorrow.
That sounds like a viral infection. It wouldn't need to affect performance immediately, especially if he picked it up during Tour of Norway, but it could definitely affect his recovery.

Sounds like a really bad idea to continue this race tbh.
 
Sounds like he is sick it certainly isn't very hot in Switzerland now - 25C? But I don't think we should read too much into this.

On the other hand, sometimes riders can become more susceptible to viral infection if their body isn't recovering from stage racing? But I am not sure why he would be physically fatigued after a week long race like Norway with mediocre competition - that would not bode well for his future grand tour ambitions?

Agree with Red Rick that best course of action should be to withdraw and recover as a precaution. Otherwise by continuing to race whilst ill he risks extended illness or even picking up a worse infection. A worst case scenario would be contracting pneumonia which can damage the lungs.
 
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Sounds like he is sick it certainly isn't very hot in Switzerland now - 25C? But I don't think we should read too much into this.

On the other hand, sometimes riders can become more susceptible to viral infection if their body isn't recovering from stage racing? But I am not sure why he would be physically fatigued after a week long race like Norway with mediocre competition - that would not bode well for his future grand tour ambitions?

Agree with Red Rick that best course of action should be to withdraw and recover as a precaution. Otherwise by continuing to race whilst ill he risks extended illness or even picking up a worse infection. A worst case scenario would be contracting pneumonia which can damage the lungs.
It was at least 31 degrees today.
 
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Stop find excuses for remco evenepoel. Sometimes itt appears that we are talking about pogacar. Calm down a bit. He's young, he will be better in the future, let him grown up. He is already a good rider, but ain't still the rider that all of you think.
Perfectly normal that he has some bad days, he's not pogacar. The only rider that doesn't have bad days.
 
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What are you talking about. We are looking for explanations. As should he and the team considering he wants to be a GC rider and win GT's. If there is no explanation, then you can basically forget about being a GC rider for GT's because then it means you can't control it and it can happen anytime. Looking back at his short career so far, he ran like clockwork before his crash. The only bad days he had were in the 2019 ToR where he had crashed several times and it was cold and wet. But for four years he rarely had an offday. Now he still manages the same highs, but he has far more lows to go along with them. For an aspiring GT contender, we should hope for something that explains it other than ''didn't have the legs''. In case he has covid, then today's result does not have to dampen his future ambitions.


It's possible that race conditions have an impact on when exactly you can't keep up anymore in case your weight is suboptimal. Van Aert can follow many climbers for a few days, but finally he will get dropped. Being too heavy doesn't necessarily mean you will get dropped on every climb on every day. But it will likely happen eventually, and the more you weigh the higher the probability. Your body has to be able to keep providing the energy to push those watts. I think it will be less evident for a small guy to keep pushing big watts to compensate for his suboptimal weight even if he has the power to do so, you also have to be able to keep it up and have the energy for it.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkEpbAZi46o
I don't understand why one day in a totally unimportant race (in the grand scheme of things) should dampen his future ambitions. Because of his Norway performance he isn't a future grand tour winner. The same as with his performance today he isn't a hopless case to be a future grand tour winner. It's just one day in hundreds of stage races to come. All shots at a Grand Tour that Remco has in the future are determined by a set of dozens variables that are not totally in his control. It's a total joke to access anything that Remco can do in the future on single day events. That dude is 22, has won already a lot and has never even really tried a Grand Tour with proper preparation.

If everyone would just cool the F*** down and discuss the topic of Remcos Grand Tour record in 3-4 years when he had actually some time to race them and develop himself further the cycling world would be a better place. If he's even one a GT until then then we don't even have to discuss and obsess about him dropping in some stage in Switzerland or which watts/kg he pushed on whogivesashit-stoppen in Norway.

I enjoy discussing cycling, tactics, developments, routes, new technology but I will never understand how journalists and fans can be so obsessed with one individual that every single performance is put under the microscope. Sorry I just don't get it. End of rant.
 
I don't understand why one day in a totally unimportant race (in the grand scheme of things) should dampen his future ambitions. Because of his Norway performance he isn't a future grand tour winner. The same as with his performance today he isn't a hopless case to be a future grand tour winner. It's just one day in hundreds of stage races to come. All shots at a Grand Tour that Remco has in the future are determined by a set of dozens variables that are not totally in his control. It's a total joke to access anything that Remco can do in the future on single day events. That dude is 22, has won already a lot and has never even really tried a Grand Tour with proper preparation.

If everyone would just cool the F*** down and discuss the topic of Remcos Grand Tour record in 3-4 years when he had actually some time to race them and develop himself further the cycling world would be a better place. If he's even one a GT until then then we don't even have to discuss and obsess about him dropping in some stage in Switzerland or which watts/kg he pushed on whogivesashit-stoppen in Norway.

I enjoy discussing cycling, tactics, developments, routes, new technology but I will never understand how journalists and fans can be so obsessed with one individual that every single performance is put under the microscope. Sorry I just don't get it. End of rant.
Remco came out of the juniors straight into the World Tour and began to repeatedly win. It's normal that the interest and hype around him, given his precoscious age, especially in a cycling mad country like Belgium that has not had a rider who could win the Tour since Lucian Van Impe and Merckx, has been stratospheric. And if it wasn't for a certain Pogacar none of that hype would seem misplaced. He would have had the normal expectations of development otherwise, but history has determined a tough fate.
 
I think the hype with Remco was justified but everyone is getting impatient for the confirmation. The hype came from on paper watts per kilo and his results early. For me it was the 2018 worlds juniors then more recently LBL. But he hasn't finished a grand tour and now this. I hope for him he get over the (assumed) virus and finally answers the questions everyone has been wanting to know. Can he race for three weeks with the best? On paper says yes, but reality is often different.
 
I think the hype with Remco was justified but everyone is getting impatient for the confirmation. The hype came from on paper watts per kilo and his results early. For me it was the 2018 worlds juniors then more recently LBL. But he hasn't finished a grand tour and now this. I hope for him he get over the (assumed) virus and finally answers the questions everyone has been wanting to know. Can he race for three weeks with the best? On paper says yes, but reality is often different.
First he has to get through the Tour de Suisse.
 
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