Vuelta a Espana suits Evenepoel, says Lefevere

MAARKEDAL BELGIUM JUNE 09 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep at start during the 90th Baloise Belgium Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1753km stage from Beveren to Maarkedal baloisebelgiumtour on June 09 2021 in Maarkedal Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
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Patrick Lefevere has suggested that Remco Evenepoel could target the Vuelta a Espana in 2021 but the QuickStep team boss has added that the young rider’s precise role at the race is far from decided.

Evenepoel made his Grand Tour debut at the 2021 Giro d’Italia and despite abandoning in the final week the 21-year-old enjoyed a promising opening fortnight in the race. He finished seventh in the opening time trial in Turin and remained in contention for a top-ten place before his race began to unravel in the final few days.

On Thursday the 2022 Vuelta a Espana route was presented, and with a team time trial on the opening day in Utrecht on August 19, and an individual time trial on stage 10 of the three-week race, Evenepoel would potentially be able to mount a GC challenge before a demanding final week that is crammed with mountain stages.

Speaking to Sporza, Lefevere also confirmed that Evenepoel would not race the Tour de France next year and that a final position on the rider’s aims and ambitions for next season would be taken during the team’s January training camp.

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