Remco Evenepoel to make debut in Tour de Pologne and Il Lombardia
Jul 10 2020 10:00 pm CET

Remco Evenepoel to make debut in Tour de Pologne and Il Lombardia
Remco Evenepoel to make debut in Tour de Pologne and Il Lombardia
Photo of Remco Evenepoel © Deceuninck-Quick-Step Cycling Team / Getty Images

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Remco Evenepoel has confirmed part of his calendar for the remainder of 2020, which includes his Monument debut at Il Lombardia.

The first part of the season for the current European time trial champion was very successful as he won the Vuelta a San Juan and the Volta ao Algarve. For the restart of the season, which had to be stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rider will be at the Tour de Pologne as his first WorldTour level race in 2020, which will be followed by Il Lombardia.

"It will be my first time in Poland and I look forward to it", Evenepoel said. "I will start the Tour de Pologne without any pressure. I have already proven that I can compete for the win in this kind of stage race. Also, my main goals are later in the season. But we'll see how I'll feel and if the opportunity presents itself, I won't waste it.

"If I feel really well, I could still go for a stage win or the GC. I don't have to prove myself but I always expect a lot from myself."

Then he will go to Italy for the one-day Italian Monument. "I will try to be in peak condition by then", he affirmed. "It's a beautiful and prestigious race. We've already been talking about it with the team. We'll have a strong line-up as it will be very tough. If I have to compare it to a race I've already done, I'd say the Clasica San Sebastian, but I expect it to be even tougher.

"The weather will be crucial this year with temperatures that could easily rise up to 30 degrees. It doesn't really scare me, I think I can handle the heath, but the combination of high temperatures, fluid loss, technical descents and demanding parcours will make it a hard race. After all, that's why it's a Monument."

After this race, Evenepoel will take part in the Individual Time Trial of the Belgian National Championships before defending his title in the same discipline at the European Championships of Plouay. "As a European Champion and silver medallist at the World Championships, I can't aim for anything else but the win at the Nationals", he explained. "It would be a little bit silly if I said I'd just go for the top 5, even with the world-class competitors I'll have to face. There are at least five other world-class time trialists in Belgium, so finishing fifth, a couple of seconds behind the race winner is a perfectly realistic scenario. That's why it's important to me to keep the faith in my own abilities, focus on myself, and ride as hard as possible on that day.

"The Belgian ITT Championships will be my first race against the clock after the coronavirus outbreak. The only way to practice time trials is to simulate them on training. It's not necessarily a disadvantage as this will be the case for most competitors. I spend a lot of hours on my Specialized Shiv TT Disc. It feels good and I'll be used to it by August 20."



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