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Remco Evenepoel looks ahead to Stage 11: ‘I expect a battle on two fronts’

Remco Evenepoel looks ahead to Stage 11: ‘I expect a battle on two fronts’

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 7:49 PM

It was important today for the classification riders to stay focused on stage 10 of the Tour de France. On the way to Saint-Amand-Montrond, the fans could form, but the classification riders did not have to make an excessive effort. “It was like a second day of rest,” sums up Remco Evenepoel.

The provisional second-placed rider in the white youth jersey looked back after what was – on the Tour organisation’s website – a generally slow sprint stage. “I was nervous for a moment because of the danger of the fans due to the headwind, but my team was in the meeting all day,” Evenepoel praised his teammates.

“At the end there was no breakaway at all and we didn’t see any falls, so we can call it a good day.” Evenepoel got through the first stage after the rest day well and can now focus on stage 11 before Le Lioran. It promises to be a very tough day in the Tour of the Massif Central, with four short, steep climbs forming the finish in the last 50 kilometres.

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What does Evenepoel expect from this stage with an altitude of no less than 4,200 metres? “I think we will have a very nice battle for today’s journey, because the route is constantly going up and down. We expect the race to be on two fronts: one for the escape and one for the classification.

Many riders will be trying their best to get into the breakaway tomorrow, but Evenepoel has advice for one. Local hero“I think Romain (Bardet, ed.) will be very motivated to win. I hope he can be part of the journey tomorrow. Then at least he can do what he wants.”

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