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Jose de Coeur: 1,000 euros?  That's a lot.  I will give €100 if Even Ball wins Velta |  Vuelta

Jose de Coeur: 1,000 euros? That’s a lot. I will give €100 if Even Ball wins Velta | Vuelta

Can it? Ever since Remco Evenepoel won the red jersey at the Vuelta a España, this question has reverberated throughout Belgian living rooms.

Jose de Coeur has not yet dared to make big statements. “There are still 25,000 vertical meters ahead. An important flight is scheduled for the Sierra Nevada on Sunday. That will – with a 4km strip of more than 15 per cent – another important test.”

“At the moment he’s dead with Brio, but I know a lot can happen in three weeks. There’s still a lot going wrong. We haven’t yet seen Evenpoel in action above 2,500 metres.”

“Anyway, his base is great. He doesn’t attack, he drives the wattage. His engine is currently outperforming competitors. At the moment, there is no indication that he will have a bad day, but no one can predict that.”

With world champion Julian Alaphilippe, Evenpoel witnessed the withdrawal of one of his most important teammates yesterday. “The competition will now start to play all or nothing,” de Kauer knows. “Roglic, who has won the Volta Championship three times in a row, will not just accept second place.”

If Evenbühl could hold his red jersey to the end, what would that mean for his career? “A lot,” said de Coeur. “We’ve been waiting for a new Grand Tour winner for a long time. Belgium is going to be absolutely crazy.”

“What if we’re going to have a battle with Pogacar on the Tour? Let’s start with the Vuelta. We’re all guessing. It’s also a Discovery ride for Remco. Sounds really good, but I’m still waiting for a bit.”

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“Eevenpoel is proving he can win a big tour. What chances will he have? Fifty. Or maybe a little more.”

“I will give 1,000 euros if he wins the Vuelta,” concluded de Kauer, who immediately retracted. “No, that’s a lot. I’ll give €100 for a good cause if he wins. That would give Belgium a lot of fun.”