Giro d'Italia: Remco Evenepoel primed for duel with Egan Bernal

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep)
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Space is already at a premium in the mixed zone at the Giro d'Italia and the imminent arrival of Remco Evenepoel in the narrow area behind the signing-on podium was always likely to stretch adherence to social distancing norms, with reporters cramming into place along the barriers as they waited for him before stage 7 on Friday morning.

Evenepoel arrived in the white jersey – "It's nice to wear it, but it's not mine, it belongs to Attila Valter," he said – and a mesh of microphones duly knotted before him. The previous afternoon, he had looked poised to take the maglia rosa at San Giacomo, but he fell just short of the garment after placing fourth on the stage.

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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.