Evenepoel staying confident despite Giro d'Italia defeat

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 11th stage Perugia - Montalcino 162 km - 19/05/2021 - Sterrato - Joao Almeida (POR - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - Remco Evenepoel (BEL - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2021
Remco Evenepoel follows Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate João Almeida on gravel section of stage 11 at Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

When Giro d'Italia TV images showed Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) struggling alone on the sterrato on Wednesday as the other favourites disappeared into a cloud of chalk-coloured dust ahead of him, there was an overwhelming sensation that Evenepoel's Giro prospects had also gone up in grimy white Tuscan smoke.

That impression of defeat was reinforced by subsequent images of Evenepoel ripping out his earpiece in frustration as he fought to limit the gaps, then fighting on the final climb of the Passo del Lume Spento even to stay on the wheel of his last available support rider, João Almeida.

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