Ready for his close-up – Remco Evenepoel and the most eagerly awaited Tour de France debut in a generation

Remco Evenepoel makes his Tour de France debut this week
Remco Evenepoel makes his Tour de France debut this week (Image credit: Getty Images)

There hasn’t been a Tour de France debut as anticipated as this one since at least 2008, when the cover of Vélo Magazine’s preview edition was devoted to neophyte Andy Schleck. Before that, you’d probably have to go all the way back to a young Greg LeMond’s maiden Tour in 1984.

Remco Evenepoel has done just about everything in a hurry since he bounded directly from the junior ranks to the WorldTour, but the Soudal-QuickStep racer has been markedly patient about entering the fray at the biggest race of them all, waiting until his fifth professional season to take on the Tour.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.