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Teams & Riders The Remco Evenepoel is the next Eddy Merckx thread

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[Vuelta review]

While it was disappointing the expected top-form Evenepoel vs. top-form Roglic-Vingegaard battle didn't happen (which would finally have settled the debate... or not), Remco nevertheless delivered overall an astonishing GT with 3 wins and 3 second places despite in some stages showing questionable form.

Anyone who is in denial that Remco is capable of being a GT/TDF winner is simply out of their mind. (At least in theory, he has been pushing the watts per kg for years required to compete against Pog-Vinge-Rog and already has 1 GT win, which is more than most.) If he hadn't gotten COVID, he might have won two GTs this year instead of TJV winning all 3.
 
Hope Remco will be at his best on October 7. It shall be a good test should he be able to contest the victory. LBL is a tough one but generally Il Lombardia is considered even more for the climbers...

An old article on the "sweep of all five Monuments"
 
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[Vuelta review]

While it was disappointing the expected top-form Evenepoel vs. top-form Roglic-Vingegaard battle didn't happen (which would finally have settled the debate... or not), Remco nevertheless delivered overall an astonishing GT with 3 wins and 3 second places despite in some stages showing questionable form.

Anyone who is in denial that Remco is capable of being a GT/TDF winner is simply out of their mind. (At least in theory, he has been pushing the watts per kg for years required to compete against Pog-Vinge-Rog and already has 1 GT win, which is more than most.) If he hadn't gotten COVID, he might have won two GTs this year instead of TJV winning all 3.
The battle didn't happen because Remco didn't even manage to show up. There's no debate either.
Roglic won two Vueltas with 3 stages in each without a perfect preparation.
Pogacar was 3rd with 3 stages when he was 20.
All these excuses are really becoming annoying. When will (some) Remco fans start facing reality? Mourn your "GT rider" and move on.
 
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All these excuses are really becoming annoying. When are (some) Remco fans start facing reality? Mourn your "GT rider" and move on.
When Remco himself thinks that this isn't possible anymore? According to him there were good enough reasons why he failed this Vuelta, so he can still win multiple GT's.

You are acting as if he was perfectly prepared and then failed. If this was the result of the Giro, sure then you are correct, but for now we've seen him fail a GT for good reasons.
1. His first Giro, he was too skinny, too much training in too short amount of time.
2. He wins the Vuelta
3. He got COVID
4. Bad preparation due to WC ITT, and he weighed 3-4kg more than when he won the Vuelta
 
The battle didn't happen because Remco didn't even manage to show up.
He didn't take up the GC battle where he left it, but I can see why he did so.
It was much easier (low hanging fruit) to win stages from the breakaway, than it was for him to win stages from the group of favourites.

Winning stages from the group of favourites would require
a team holding it together (although that was more or less guaranteed thanks to JV) and;
Remco beating those favourites. That's a lot harder than beating e.g. Bardet or Caruso in a one-on-one battle from further out.

I agree though that it's a bit sad / frustrating we didn't see him fighting it out at least on one stage, and both the mountain top finishes to Bejes and Angliru would have been perfect for this (with JV controlling, so no work for SQS), without compromising his much-desired blue balls shirt.
 
So now Plugge says he wants to "work with Evenepoel"? That he wants to know why he cracked on the Tourmalet stage? The drama continues. The weight of expectations evidently got to him, which, accompanied by a sub-optimal preparation, made his dramatic decline a foregone conclusion. Yet he can't keep folding on the first ascent of a decisive day, if he wants to race with the Bigs.
 
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fun fact: Remco squeezed more PCS points out of his 'disaster GC' Vuelta than any of the GC candidates or any other rider (675 just counting from the top of my head vs. e.g. Kuss around 605 and Vingegaard around 611).

With 2728 points he is 2nd in the ranking with Vingegaard (2715 PCS points) just trailing behind as 3rd, and only 26 points short of his stellar 2022 season.

The difference with Pogacar (2904 PCS points, ranked 1st) is still substantial (176 points), but also bridgeable if only Remco (or Vingegaard) shine at Lombardia (275 points for the winner) while Pogacar doesn't score too many points (all not very likely, but still).
 
fun fact: Remco squeezed more PCS points out of his 'disaster GC' Vuelta than any of the GC candidates or any other rider (675 just counting from the top of my head vs. e.g. Kuss around 605 and Vingegaard around 611).

With 2728 points he is 2nd in the ranking with Vingegaard (2715 PCS points) just trailing behind as 3rd, and only 26 points short of his stellar 2022 season.

The difference with Pogacar (2904 PCS points, ranked 1st) is still substantial (176 points), but also bridgeable if only Remco (or Vingegaard) shine at Lombardia (275 points for the winner) while Pogacar doesn't score too many points (all not very likely, but still).
If he started stage hunting from day one (or better: day two) he would be much closer to Pogacar now. I believe it was in the TdF Netflix series where they said: "Give WVA a team just for him an he wins 6-7 stages." If there is one guy I would bet on doing this then its Evenepoel.
 
How can you not like this guy, always makes the race ;⁠-⁠)
That’s a great way to look at him—he helps turn races on their head to make things we never expect to happen—such as a breakaway staying away on the final day of a GT ceremonial/sprint stage. He was doing pulls 2-3 times longer than most of the others. The result may be that it’s not always going to get him wins, but will provide us with action.
 
Hope Remco will be at his best on October 7. It shall be a good test should he be able to contest the victory. LBL is a tough one but generally Il Lombardia is considered even more for the climbers...

An old article on the "sweep of all five Monuments"
He knows at least he won’t have to try follow Nibali on the descents!
 
He didn't take up the GC battle where he left it, but I can see why he did so.
It was much easier (low hanging fruit) to win stages from the breakaway, than it was for him to win stages from the group of favourites.

Winning stages from the group of favourites would require
a team holding it together (although that was more or less guaranteed thanks to JV) and;
Remco beating those favourites. That's a lot harder than beating e.g. Bardet or Caruso in a one-on-one battle from further out.

I agree though that it's a bit sad / frustrating we didn't see him fighting it out at least on one stage, and both the mountain top finishes to Bejes and Angliru would have been perfect for this (with JV controlling, so no work for SQS), without compromising his much-desired blue balls shirt.
Funny—now I will always associate that jersey with “blue balls”— the condition not the kit ;)
 
Though Evenepoel is a great rider, I somehow do not think he gives Vingo or Pogacar sleepless nights when it comes to next TdF.
Jan Ullrich, for example, at the same age, showed already a completely different level in a grand tour (he had some problems later on, but thats a different story)