Remco Evenepoel (Swift-Move Alpha Vinyl) will not fight for the common classification at La Vuelta, in accordance to Eurosport professional Alberto Contador.
Evenepoel is second favorite with the bookies inspite of having by no means completed a a few-7 days race, with his Giro d’Italia debut last yr unravelling spectacularly in the ultimate week just before he abandoned.
On the other hand, crew manager Patrick Lefevere suggests the Belgian will be a different proposition in Spain, presented he returned from a 9-month personal injury layoff at the Giro.
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But Contador believes Evenepoel will be far more interested in phase wins, alternatively than stressing about the overall crown.
“Remco, despite getting just one of the most effective riders at the second, is much more targeted on successful precise phases than fighting for the normal classification,” reported the seven-time Grand Tour winner.
“In the potential he could modify that desire, but for now his speciality is fighting for stages.”
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Contador continued that Evenepoel’s performance at the Vuelta would give an sign as to no matter if he could obstacle Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Staff Emirates) at the Tour de France in the future.
“It is specifically this race that will give us the response to these varieties of thoughts,” he included.
“Remco is not as significantly of a expert as Pogacar and Vingegaard but he has much more than enough techniques to know how significantly he can go in situations that are not great for his racing type.”
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) is the mind-boggling favorite to earn a fourth consecutive crown, whilst he is an mysterious quantity owning not raced because leaving the Tour de France prior to Stage 15.
Contador fancies the Slovenian to make very good on his billing, adding that he was thrilled to see Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco).
“Without any doubt the favourite is Roglic,” claimed Contador.
“Carapaz and Yates are the two principal rivals who will be battling until the stop alongside Primoz. Yates understands what it is really like to gain this race and Carapaz has been incredibly close and that experience is key.”
The Vuelta begins in the Dutch metropolis of Utrecht on Friday.
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Source: Euro Athletics