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ALTO DO MALHO LOUL PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 22 Podium Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck Quick Step Yellow Leader Jersey Celebration Miss Hostess during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 4 a 1697km stage from Albufeira to Alto do Malho 518m Loul VAlgarve2020 on February 22 2020 in Alto do Malho Loul Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel after taking out the 2020 edition of the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Remco Evenepoel is, according to those around him at QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, a calmer and more mature bike rider in 2022. Mild misgivings about the inclusion of gravel on the route notwithstanding, he was certainly magnanimous in defeat to Aleksandr Vlasov at the recent Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, offering fist bumps of congratulations to the men who finished ahead of him at Alto Las Antenas Maigmó Tibi.

Even so, one can safely assume that Evenepoel’s new-found zen has its limits. Defeat in Valencia ended his striking sequence of never having lost a leader’s jersey in a stage race – he has seven multi-day wins on his palmarès – and, if his short career to date is any guide, a forceful response would appear imminent.

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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.

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