Following his dominant victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Remco Evenepoel has immediately turned his eye to the upcoming Giro d'Italia and has begun using simulated altitude at a training camp in Hotel Syncrosfera in Spain.
Having spent time at altitude on Mount Teide prior to Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Soudal - Quick-Step man will now look to use the facilities at the Hotel Syncrosfera such as custom hypoxic hotel rooms that successfully recreate the atmospheric conditions of staying at altitude. The idea behind it being that riders are able to train at low altitude and sleep at a simulation of high altitude.
Evenepoel's trainer reveals "he is now close to the best version of Remco" as the Giro d'Italia nears
“Once you get off the mountain, the altitude effect starts to fade gradually. Thus, the longer you can keep this stimulus, the better. You can then take advantage of it and carry it deep into the Giro. It will be important to be as good as possible in the third week which may be decisive," Evenepoel's coach, Koen Pelgrim told Flemish media.
“From the beginning of January until the end of the Giro d'Italia at the end of May, I have been home for no more than seven or eight days,” Evenepoel himself added following his victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. “To be home for less than two weeks in six months is quite hard. But it's all worth it when you win a big race. If I leave for the Giro d'Italia with a lot of confidence and motivation, all the sacrifices will have paid off.”