Deceuninck - Quick-Step calculated that Remco Evenepoel could afford to lose time and will withdraw young Belgian 'when he is empty'

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step boss says the team never got carried away with what the young Belgian could achieve this Italian Grand Tour

Remco Evenepoel at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
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Deceuninck - Quick-Step refused to get carried away after Remco Evenepoel's strong opening week of the 2021 Giro d'Italia and will now not panic after the young Belgian dropped down the general classification after struggling on stage 11.

The Belgian outfit says their 21-year-old star could afford to lose time, slipping down to seventh in GC having been trailing Ineos Grenadiers' Egan Bernal by only a handful of seconds, and now hope he can survive the tough mountain stages ahead and make it to Milan.

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