For three weeks, Remco Evenepoel was his relaxed self at the start of each stage in the Vuelta, but on the penultimate day, the red leader’s nerves were clearly a bit tighter than usual.
“I slept well, but I still have a little more nerves than in recent weeks. That makes sense, I can win my first big round tonight.”
“It’s a mix of emotions that is coursing through my body right now. What do I do to relax? Listen to some music. And visualize the competition and conditions. That also helped me in my rehabilitation.”
“As soon as I get on the bike, that tension will disappear and it’s full race mode.”
Remco Evenepoel and his team have a clear tactical plan in mind and they are not afraid to share it. “It’s important that we don’t run a flight with someone from the top 10.”
“After that I have to see what Mas still wants to do. It is difficult for certain guys to play all or nothing. They can lose everything, that is a big risk.”
“As a team, we want to stay grouped as long as possible. I expect a very fast opening climb and also a very fast penultimate climb. In my opinion, those are the most difficult climbs of the day. It will be played on that.”