Remco Evenepoel tackles Vuelta a España with different prep to 2021 Giro

SOVICILLE ITALY MARCH 08 LR Julian Alaphilippe of France and Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl White Best Young Rider Jersey compete during the 57th TirrenoAdriatico 2022 Stage 2 a 219km stage from Camaiore to Sovicille TirrenoAdriatico WorldTour on March 08 2022 in Sovicille Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel (right) rides alongside QuickStep-AlphaVinyl teammate and World Champion Julian Alaphilippe at Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

For those fans with a strong sense of déjà vu about all the fuss surrounding Remco Evenepoel and his participation in the final pre-race countdown before the 2022 Vuelta a España, the young Belgian star is at pains to prove them wrong on at least one count.

Compared to his Grand Tour debut in the Giro in 2021, the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl pro said on Thursday, his build-up for the Vuelta has virtually no similarities whatsoever.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.