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Remco Evenepoel for a tough mountain stage: "Maybe Vingegaard Tactics" |  Vuelta

Remco Evenepoel for a tough mountain stage: “Maybe Vingegaard Tactics” | Vuelta

With 3,751 altimeters at 153.4 km, the journey will be very challenging. The peloton ends at Collau Fancuaya, with a length of 10.3 km and a 7.9% ratio. “It’s a rather short stage,” Evenpole analyzed, “actually less difficult than on Thursday (where he wore the captain’s jersey, in red), but the final climb is harder and steeper than Pico Gano. I think it’s very difficult. Attractive stage. The ride will be fun to the masses.”

Evenepoel anticipates a fight on two fronts. “Maybe there will be a tough battle to join in the early break and win this way, in the favorites peloton there will be a battle for the classification.”

“I hope I don’t waste any time this weekend, but that doesn’t mean if I see opportunities I should take them. The shape of the day will determine that. I feel good anyway.”

Evenepoel referred to tour winner Jonas Vingegaard. “I don’t have to attack per se, defending my captain’s jersey is most important, as Vingegaard did on the Tour. Only when he felt better than the others did he attack.”

“I might have to reverse that tactic, but like I said: You should also have legs.”

Evenepoel only explored the time experience of this Vuelta city, not the mountains. “That’s a choice we’ve made. Sometimes it can work against you too if you have a lot of knowledge and know what to expect. Then you might get scared.”

“Watch out, I know the columns very well, now you can watch everything with the Veloviewer and then also learn a few things.”

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