Remco Evenepoel, carrying Belgium's dreams, vows to not panic at the Vuelta a España

There are two key mountain stages between the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider and sporting immortality

Remco Evenepoel on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España on 2022
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Remco Evenepoel does not particularly want to be at his rest day press conference, the second of this Vuelta a España that he has done so in the red jersey. While last week he was very much in the ascendancy, this time he is mulling over a weekend which saw his advantage drop from 2-41 to 1-34 over Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).

While he wants to be resting, not chatting to press from across Europe - but mostly Belgium - he is not in a foul mood, joking and being polite. But he doesn't want to be here. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider tells the assembled journalists on Zoom that "keeping the press conference as short as possible" is key to his recovery.

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