Remco Evenepoel “very motivated” and “a little more relaxed” before his weekend in the mountains: “Taking up time is not necessary”

Fallen without gravity on Thursday, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) had a much quieter day on the roads of the thirteenth stage of the Tour of Spain this Friday.

“Honestly, it was! smiled the red jersey on his descent from the bike. It was a perfect day for the team. I was just bothered by my hands, but that was because of my gloves. Tomorrow, I simply won’t put on gloves!”

The Belgian climber kept his 2:41 lead over the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), who tried to sprint but did not find percentages high enough in the false final flat to worry the sprinters-punchers, including the green jersey Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), winner in upgrade. But this weekend, the mountains will be back on the roads of the Vuelta…

“The climbs will not be the hardest, especially on Saturday, took over Remco Evenepoel. Ten kilometers at 5%, then eight kilometers at 7%, or something like that. The danger will be rather their length, the heat and the freshness. These things will decide the outcome. I feel good, and the team is very motivated. We know that if we go through this weekend with the same advantage over our opponents as now, we will already be far away! We’re going to try not to waste time and, if possible, to take a little more time. But it is not necessary. It’s a bit like Thursday: if they attack me, and I can control the last two kilometers, it’s perfect. There will also be a big fight for the podium, we can be a little more relaxed than the other riders and the other teams. And then, we have to see what will happen with the Covid-19: some are starting to ride with the Covid (Juan Ayuso, editor’s note)it’s a little weird.”

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