Tour de France: Pogacar-Vingegaard, the move reserved by Evenepoel…

Tour de France: Pogacar-Vingegaard, the move reserved by Evenepoel…
Tour de France: Pogacar-Vingegaard, the move reserved by Evenepoel…

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Tour de France: Pogacar-Vingegaard, the move reserved by Evenepoel…

Published on July 4, 2024 at 1:14 p.m.

While he probably reassured himself during the first mountain stage arriving in Valloire last Tuesday, Remco Evenepoel has a precise strategy to surprise the Pogacar-Vingegaard duo in the fight for the yellow jersey. But for that, he still has to provide proof of his solidity according to Marc Madiot, the general manager of Groupama-FDJ.

At the end of the first Alpine stage arriving in Valloire, Remco Evenepoel probably reassured himself, confirming that he was in the race for the yellow jersey, his weight loss before the Tour allowing him to perform in the high mountains. For the Belgian champion, the ideal scenario seems clear: it is a question of limiting the damage in the high mountains as much as possible, of accompanying the Pogacar duo as much as possible-Vingegaardto then make the difference during the two time trials.

“I’m waiting to see him in a real mountain stage with a series of big passes”

Asked about the subject Evenepoel during an interview at cyclismactu.net, Marc Madiotthe general manager of the Groupama-FDJgives a nuanced opinion on the real possibilities of the Belgian champion: ” The Galibier? I don’t think it was a real test for Evenepoel. The real test is how much he’s going to take in the time trial, because I think he can win it. And then, I’m waiting to see him on a real mountain stage with a series of big passes. That wasn’t the case on Tuesday, it was only 2 second category passes and one hors-categorie with long valleys and there was only fighting on the last 4-5 kilometers. It’s in line with what we could expect, I want to see! »

He reassured himself in the Galibier, but…

The analysis of Marc Madiot appears just: if Evenepoel was able to build up confidence during the Galibier stage, confirming that he was in excellent condition and that he was in a position to pass the high mountains well, it is too early to be certain that he will be able to follow Tadej Pogacar et Jonas Vingegaard in the tough stages of passes, that he will be able to digest the multiplication of long and difficult climbs, where he has regularly experienced air pockets. If he succeeds in this during the Pyrenean passage, then Evenepoel will certainly be invited into the fight for the yellow jersey.

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