Lefevere: ‘Can Remco recover in this Vuelta? Not a clue’

Soudal-QuickStep boss says that Remco Evenepoel must ride with ‘anything goes’ attitude

Evenepoel finishing the Tourmalet stage well off the pace
Evenepoel finishing the Tourmalet stage well off the pace
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Soudal-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere said he had as little idea as anyone else about the reasons for his team leader Remco Evenepoel’s totally unexpected collapse of form on the Tourmalet stage of the Vuelta a España that saw the Belgian lose all hope of retaining his title. In his column in Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad, Lefevere admitted: ‘I, like everyone else who was following the race on television, had no idea of the reason for Remco’s off-day.

‘At the moment, I still don’t have one. What is certain is: he did not start the stage sick. Only on the Aubisque did I see the same face I saw in the Giro after the time trial,’ Lefevere added, referring to Evenepoel’s loss of form during the Giro d’Italia back in May, which was the result of Covid and resulted in him abandoning that race when leading. ‘I sincerely hope we don’t end up later with the same reality as then: sickness – corona, it shouldn’t happen again.’

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