Remco Evenepoel is set to begin his 2023 season with the Vuelta a San Juan race in Argentina.
Evenepoel has started his season at the Argentinian race on two other occasions, and took the overall victory at the 2020 edition ahead of Filippo Ganna. He is the last winner of the race after it was cut from the calendar in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The full details of Evenepoel’s calendar next year are still unknown, with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl keeping the plans firmly in house for now.
However speculation has continued to mount as to which Grand Tour the Belgian will target next year. The Giro d'Italia is supposedly a preferred destination, particularly due to the race featuring a substantial amount of time trialling kilometres, but neither Evenepoel or his team have confirmed concrete plans yet.
Although, according to Het Laatse Nieuws, Evenepoel riding the Giro d’Italia is as good as decided, with the UAE Tour and Tirreno Adriatico also being in his programme.
Lefevere added that he believes a course featuring a large amount of climbing shouldn’t be a turn off for the Belgian world champion.
“Over the next few weeks we’ll take a closer look at everything and make a final decision. Remco has proven that he can also go uphill,” he said. “In the Giro, in addition to the three time trials, there are also mountain stages.”
“I don’t rule out anything for Evenepoel. A good Remco can do well on every kind of course,” Lefevere added.
If Evenepoel does indeed ride the Giro, then he will almost certainly come up against Geraint Thomas.
After the recent Tour route announcement, Thomas hinted that he would prefer to ride the Italian Grand Tour next year due to him having “unfinished business” with the race.
"It's a race I've always enjoyed, even if I've crashed out the last two times I've done it. It would be nice to go back and finish it," Thomas said.
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