It's no longer worth talking about Remco Evenepoel's irruption being the wildest modern cycling has ever known. For what. The evidence imposes itself with such a roar that it hardly exists anymore with him asking that it necessarily sounds like hyperbole. Is Evenepoel the most extraordinary appearance the history of world sport has ever known? Impossible to answer, of course, but the doubt is worth it and illustrates the enormous talent of the Belgian, so over 20 years old that it is scary to imagine what he will be like when he reaches his theoretical maturity on the bicycle, still so distant on paper.
Asterisks can be added to your last donkey. Yes, it is the first race after confinement. Yes, it is the Vuelta a Burgos, after all a second level test. Yes, most of those who participate take it as a preparation for what is to come . Determinants that do not eliminate a reality: Evenepoel crushed in a mountain stage with a high end to Bennett (18 seconds), Landa (32), Chaves (35), Carapaz (52), Aru (1:03), Yates ( 1:20), Valverde (2:09) ... Much further back came other reputable climbers who had a bad day, such as Mas and Sosa.
And all this in a single port, no matter how hard the Picón Blanco is (7.8 kilometers at an average of 9.3%) . Best written, in the last two kilometers in which, already only accompanied by Chaves and Bennett, he decided to accelerate the pace without getting off the bike or altering the rictus and encouraged whoever could to follow him, like that unforgettable day in the Classical from San Sebastián. Neither the Colombian nor New Zealander, despite the ease with which they had moved on the previous ramps, had the ability to hold onto the Evenepoel wheel. From there to the end, the usual. Boom, boom, boom ... Constant as the hammer blow to raise the arms without opposition.
Remco (20 years old, it is worth insisting) has already been seen to destroy all possible terrains. The one achieved this Thursday in Burgos is his most impressive victory in a mountain pass , at least the most typical of the climber, who is not supposed to be. He already showed in the Clásica de San Sebastián last year that one-day tests, wear and tear, are also his thing. And what about the time trials: he is the current world runner-up, second only to Rohan Dennis, dominator of the specialty in the last five years. What type of cyclist is he? Yes, it is Eddie Merckx . At least it seems.
There are already four partial victories and two general victories (Algarve and San Juan) in just 15 days of competition in this strange 2020. No one has won more in the entire squad, not even a sprinter. And, of course, he is already the leader of the Vuelta a Burgos, in which he still has the Lagunas de Neila test on Saturday . The Giro appears on his calendar and, although it sounds impossible madness, it is no longer possible to discard anything with it. After all, Evenepoel is not of this world.
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