Evenepoel: Winning the Giro d'Italia will be difficult because Bernal is so strong

Remco Evenepoel and Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) chase on the dirt roads
Remco Evenepoel and João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) chase on the dirt roads (Image credit: Getty Images)

In Ravenna before stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia, Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere reminded reporters of Remco Evenepoel's limited experience as a cyclist: "Don't forget that five years ago this kid was a football player."

In some ways, Evenepoel still is, at least in terms of his media interactions, which seem to have more in common with Erling Haaland or Cristiano Ronaldo than with Tom Boonen or Johan Museeuw. Every sound-bite from the preternaturally articulate Evenepoel is a potential headline, but he is careful to dispense them more sparingly than his predecessors in the Belgian peloton. 

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