Remco Evenepoel has confirmed he will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse, followed by the national championships and no Tour de France. Tadej Pogacar, who is currently preparing for the tough task at hand in France, would act differently in Evenepole's shoes.
“He left the Giro, where he would normally have competed for the win. He is the world champion. If I were him, I would participate in the Tour de France;" Pogacar said in a press conference last afternoon. "But everyone is different and everyone makes different decisions. I would love it if he showed up at the start. The same goes for Primoz Roglic".
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Both are focusing on the second part of the season now, with the World Championships certainly the next big goal for Evenepoel, whilst Roglic may return to the Vuelta a Espana for more success - after likely aiming at the upcoming Tour de Suisse. Both have taken paths away from the Tour de France this year, which does not feature time-trialing kilometers where they can benefit, but also in logical options.
The Giro d'Italia winner will not race the Tour but his compatriot believes Jumbo-Visma will not suffer because of that. "But with Jonas they have an absolute leader at Jumbo-Visma. Maybe this is ideal for them. Of course they can also send Primoz towards the Vuelta," he concluded.