Three out of three.
He can be proud of such a magnificent balance Remco Evenepoel.
As the only professional cyclist this season.
At the stage race around Burgos, which ended on Saturday and started the cycling season again, the Belgian acted as an unstoppable train.
He first reigned in the key stage of Thursday, when on the finish climb to Picón Blanco he passed everyone to watch the lead in the race in Saturday’s next challenging test with an overview.
To sum up – three triumphs from the three stage races of this strange season.
“So far this year I am 100% in stage races,” he smirked. “I am really happy that everything went according to plan. I worked hard on it because my dream is to become a cyclist who will triumph in the Grand Tour. “
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, he won Around San Juan in Argentina and then in the Portuguese Algarve. Together with the stage triumphs, it already has seven wins this year, which is two more than last year’s rookie season.
He attracted this mainly with his long escapes, a great time trial – he even became the world vice-champion behind Rohan Dennis.
But now he was finally amazed in the mountains as well. He left Mikela Landa, Esteban Chaves, Richard Carapaz, Simon Yates, Alejandro Valverde and many other names at Picón Blanco.
He proved that he has the strength to fight even in the mountains with the best mountaineers on the planet.
“I’m still surprised that I can handle it. That I am able to ride in the mountains with the best. It looks like I’m on the right track, “he says. “This win is more valuable to me than in San Juan and the Algarve. I was able to triumph without a time trial, I passed the best climbers in the world and I was able to defend my triumph. It’s all important to me. “
“And we older boys should hurry up and win some races. As it looks, Remco will win everything in a while, “Mikel Landa laughed after the finish.
Every day it shows greater cycling maturity. With each race, Evenepoel gains more and more experience, until it seems that his performance knows no bounds.
“No matter what we want from him in the individual races, he will always surprise us and do a little more,” says Patrick Lefevere of his Deceuninck team member – Quick Step.
Surprisingly, it is only a part of a professional peloton for the second year.
“I’m getting better. It can be seen in the results, it can also be seen in my numbers, which I have. I try to train better, regenerate better, actually do everything better to win, “he describes.
His famous compatriot Eddy Merckx, to whom Evenepoel is often compared, once had a similar hunger for triumphs.
Each stage triumph makes him a bigger and bigger favorite of the Italian Gira.
That the three-week stage race will take place for the first time in his career? That he doesn’t have much experience with passes above 2,000 meters above sea level?
At this point, it doesn’t look like something has slowed Evenepoel like that.
“I promise, the best is yet to come,” he told his fans after the triumph in Burgos.
He doesn’t intend to rest even now. Already on Wednesday, he will stand at the start of the next stage race – Around Poland, where he will want to extend his winning streak.
That the race will be without fans and journalists?
“I understand all the rules that individual organizers make. As long as it’s good for us and we can race, I’m in favor, “he is clear.
Only then will he be able to extend his breathtaking series of triumphs.