Tour of Italy – Remco Evenepoel: “I’m aiming for the podium and a victory”

At dawn of the 2023 season, Remco Evenepoel (22 years old) obviously knows he is expected. After an exceptional year (Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Spain, Worlds…), the Belgian prodigy must confirm by achieving great performances next year. Its main objective: Tour of Italy (6-28 May), where the runner from Soudal-Quick Step will be confronted in particular with Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe). “I want to win at least one stage, anyway, preferably one of the three times. Iwould also like to win a mountain stage, so that’s already two stage wins. And then I’m aiming for a place on the podium in the general classification. You always have to be realistic and I think getting the podium in a grand tour is already a great achievement.“, explains the native of Schepdaal in the program of VTM, Your Film of the Year.

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Remco Evenepoel reveals all its objectives for the 2023 season

On the sidelines of a ceremony organized last week in Brussels and during which he received his National Sporting Merit Trophy – one of the many awards he won at the end of the year following his exceptional 2022 season – Remco Evenepoel gave an interview to our colleagues from the RTBF. In it, he mentioned in particular his objectives for the future season, the latter being already quite clear in his mind. “It’s hard to imagine doing better than this season, but let’s hope it will be the case all the same”began by saying the world champion and winner of the Tour of Spainbefore getting to the heart of the matter.

“My four goals are the Giro, the Clasica San Sebastian, the World Championships and maybe the Tour of Lombardy, which will be a bigger goal than La Doyenne, although I will try to do my best in Liège. This will be complicated in Liège-Bastogne-Liège because it’s just before the Giro and my preparation will be fixed on the Tour of Italy […] If I win one of the three, four (goals) that I will set myself, it will already be very good”confided the young rider of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team (Soudal-Quick Step in 2023), who also took the opportunity to talk about an association he plans to set up with Gerard Bulensconsultant for the RTBF. “I have a project in which we will lend bicycles to young people in Brussels so that they can train. We will try to do training, teach them cycling and we hope that they will choose cycling over football. , for instance”he said.

Remco Evenepoel’s provisional program

– Tour of San Juan (January 22-29)

– UAE Tour (February 20-26)

– Tour of Catalonia (March 20-26)

– The Brabançonne Arrow (April 12)

– La Fleche Wallonne (April 19)

– Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23)

– Tour of Italy (6-28 May)

– Clasica San Sebastian (July 29)

– Tour of Lombardy (October 7)

Tour of Italy – Remco Evenepoel: “I’m aiming for the podium and a victory”