Why do you keep calling it a conspiracy theory? He and his team are free to do whatever they want of course, but saying "he is living rent-free in his rivals heads if they think anything else," which I agree with, is de facto playing a mind game. There is nothing wrong with that, happens all the time in the sport. I think, given that Vine is in fine form (and Yates should be realyl strong too), by sending him from Australia to UAE, while, yes, makes sense travel wise, has the added measure of perhaps having the second best guy on team beat Remco. It's a way to play mental games with a big adversary. And even if Vine doesn't beat Remco, Evenepoel will be left wondering about a missed encounter and thus Pog without answers until Liege.
At any rate, it's a shame we have to wait until Liege to see he and Remco face eachother. Although perhaps not, because from the looks of things so far Tadej seems in better shape at the moment. Yet we shall certainly know more after UAE Tour and Andalucia.