Vincenzo Nibali says Remco Evenepoel will be 'a real rival' at the Giro d'Italia

The Italian has described the young Belgian as 'extraordinary'

Vincenzo Nibali and Remco Evenepoel on stage two of the Volta ao Algarve 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Vincenzo Nibali has identified Remco Evenepoel as a "real rival" when the young Belgian sensation takes the start line in his first Grand Tour at the Giro d'Italia later this year.

Evenepoel was first to the summit finish on stage two of the Volta ao Algarve, attacking with 200m to go and beating a number of elite and experienced climbers including Nibali, Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Miguel Ángel López (Astana).

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