No need to assume, indeed...No need to assume.
Of course he should think like that but he did lose time. He may not crack. But then he might. I think Remco still has big question marks on his week 3 ability.Can see what you mean but I think Remco has to have some confidence after surviving the past two stages. He defended pretty well.
For Evenepoel it was all about this weekend. I think the time he lost saturday was either because of a bad moment (basically 5 bad minutes) or because his bruise simply prevented him from putting out the watts we were used to, and day after day that will get better. Since he was actually better on sunday, the hardest day, after another hard day on saturday where he actually lost time (meaning two consecutive hard days, of which the first one was bad) i think it had nothing to do with him fading. In that case the scenario where Evenepoel will lose time in week 3 seems a lot less likely all of a sudden. And i think the odds of him knocking his opponents out in the next few days are bigger than them knocking him out.I'm still going for Primoz. What we're witnessing is a GT showdown ala Tour 2019 when Ala held on the YJ until it was inevitable that he'd lose it. Same scenario here with Remco holding on to the RJ quite bravely, but sometime next week the elastic will snap, because Primoz & Co will force attacks that inevitably Remco must respond, and that's when Primoz will capitalize.
He lost time because he dragged Roglic' ass up a 20k climb at 2500m altitude, after which Roglic took 15s out of him. Yeah, i don't think he needs to be thinking Roglic is stronger than him right now.Of course he should think like that but he did lose time. He may not crack. But then he might. I think Remco still has big question marks on his week 3 ability.