Remco Evenepoel is widely expected to make his Tour de France debut in 2024. Is mounting the first Maillot Jaune challenge of his career the right call though? This is a question on the lips of many fans and analysts.
“We still have to see what Evenepoel's program is. If he rides the Tour, he will not win a Grand Tour in 2024,” analyses Jeroen Vanbelleghem for Eurosport's Kop over Kop podcast, raising concerns around the rumoured plan for the Belgian superstar. “I secretly hope that Evenepoel goes to the Giro for the classification and rides the Tour to learn. Two Grand Tours and then completing stages in preparation for the Olympic Games. If he goes for a Giro classification, I see Evenepoel succeeding.”
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“I mean going for stages in the Tour and then going to the Olympic Games," Vanbelleghem continues, clarifying his position on the Soudal - Quick-Step leader. "These take place once every four years, and there is a big round every time. It's allowed by me.”
“If Evenepoel wins a few stages in the Tour and prepares for the Games and can be there well rested, I think it is very wise," agrees Koen de Kort. “Riding two Grand Tours in a row is quite possible. Especially if you don't have to push yourself every day in the Tour de France. But then you have to pay a little attention in the spring, because that will be a long block.”