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Remco Evenepoel frees his teammates after “suffering” on Zoncolan


Remco Evenepoel conceded 1:30 to Egan Bernal on Saturday on the terrible slopes of Zoncolan, the first pass of a certain prestige that he had to face in a Grand Tour. The Belgian from the Deceuninck Quick-Step team also lost ground to his other rivals in the general classification and dropped to 8th place at 3: 52 d’Egan Bernal. Evenepoel returned to this demanding day in the columns of Het Nieuwsblad.

“My legs started to fail on the hardest slopes of Zoncolan. Maybe my body is not at the level we hoped for in terms of performance. But I must also say that this type of climb does not help me. not suitable. I prefer it when the pedaling cadence can be higher. “

Evenepoel still remains motivated to grab a Top-10 and promises to bite the bullet in the coming days. On the other hand, he decided – probably in consultation with the sports directors – to leave more freedom to his teammates. “I lost a bit of time but I’m still in the top 10. I’m going to fight every day to keep this place. My teammates don’t have to worry about me anymore. A rider like Joao Almeida can go on a breakaway, for example, to try to get the victory. I feel like it’s going to get harder and harder and my long break will start to weigh on me.

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