Thijs Zonneveld about the last Vuelta week: “Evenepoel is a favorite, but it will be the end of the line” | The stand

With the final week approaching, the Vuelta a España is approaching its boiling point. Remco Evenepoel still has a nice margin, but there are undoubtedly many exciting days to come. “Primoz Roglic will still play all or nothing and then it will be up or down for Evenepoel,” emphasizes Thijs Zonneveld in De Tribune.

Watch out for Roglic and Jumbo-Visma

After a grueling weekend over the Sierra de la Pandera and the Sierra Nevada, Remco Evenepoel still has a 1’34” lead over Primoz Roglic.

“I think it will still be a bit of an edge,” says Thijs Zonneveld (AD), who follows the Vuelta from Indonesia.

“Evenepoel goes into the final week as a favorite, but without that annoying crash he would have been much more confident. He and the team minimized the damage, but it is clear that he has been more vulnerable in recent days.”

“After Saturday’s finish at the Sierra de la Pandera, he got off the bike in pain and you saw how he had to relieve his right leg. Of course they don’t want him to appear vulnerable, but it is clear that he was in pain.”

Without that crash, Evenepoel would have entered the final week even more confidently.

Thijs Zonneveld in The Tribune

The riders will be presented with the final week from tomorrow, but it is “easier” on paper than in previous years: “The toughest trials have certainly already been passed”, Zonneveld continues. “There aren’t really many rides where you can lose a lot of time.”

“On paper Saturday’s stage is the most dangerous, but if the competition wants to take a shot at the overall victory, they have to try something earlier.”

It is clear that the biggest competitor will be Primoz Roglic: “Jumbo-Visma will certainly try again. Roglic already has 3 final victories on his record, he is not worried about a podium place.”

“After his heavy crash in the Tour, this is certainly not the best Roglic, but he is mentally strong and he has the experience. That makes him dangerous and he will certainly play all or nothing. Then it is also for Evenepoel it or not. underneath.”

“What about Movistar? That’s not exactly where the great tactical brains are behind the wheel”, Zonneveld laughs.

“Enric Mas undoubtedly hopes that Alejandro Valverde will sacrifice himself one day, but he rarely if ever does. He certainly never does something like that wholeheartedly.”

Can Roglic still turn the tables in the final week?

Evenepoel metamorphosis and the strong team

After his retirement from last year in the Giro, some already doubted Remco Evenepoel’s abilities as a round rider. He seems to be pushing those doubts with his own hands in this Vuelta. A metamorphosis that impresses Zonneveld.

“It is very clever how he has dealt with his weaknesses. In last year’s Giro he clearly had problems with the descents and the steep climbs and he started working hard on that. In this Vuelta he is one of the better descenders and rode away from the competition on the steep climbs.”

“His learning curve is phenomenal and is the hallmark of the really great stars. It’s an art to screen your weaknesses and be able to quickly erase them.”

The winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège earlier this year also seems calmer: “He does not behave strangely and he does not give strange interviews. It all seems under control and that of course comes with age.”

“We may also all forget how young he was when he broke through. As a young guy, it’s not a bad thing to go wrong. It is just magnified with him because he is so very good.”

He doesn’t behave strangely and he doesn’t give weird interviews, Evenepoel seems to have it all under control.

Thijs Zonneveld in The Tribune

In addition to Remco Evenepoel himself, his team also makes a good impression: “In the first week it looked a bit shaky now and then, but in the meantime they are doing perfectly even after Julian Alaphilippe has retired.”

“Jumbo-Visma may be just a bit stronger, but it doesn’t make much difference. Evenepoel’s team is quite strong and must be good enough to repel attacks from the competition in the mid-mountains.”

Louis Vervaeke also has a very important week ahead of him.

First the final week in this Vuelta, of course, but De Tribune also looked at what awaits Evenepoel in the coming seasons.

Thijs Zonneveld would keep Remco Evenepoel away from the Tour for at least another year: “At the moment I wouldn’t do it yet. It will last at least another 10 years and it is a matter of not burning it up.”

“Evenepoel is an extremely great talent. He wants everything fast, but maybe slow him down and see how he can get the most out of his career. It might be wiser to send him to the Giro again next year. The Tour is really very different from the Vuelta.”

Listen to the entire episode of De Tribune


rit datum type rit start-finish total winner unfortunately
1 team time trial Utrecht – Utrecht 23,3 km VAT Sunk
2 road race ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Utrecht 175,1 km Bennett Teunissen
3 road race Breda – Breda 193,2 km Bennett Affine
4 road racesemi mountain stage Vitoria-Gasteiz – Laguardia 152,5 km Roglic Roglic
5 road racesemi mountain stage Irun – Bilbao 187,2 km Soler Molard
6 road racerock stage Bilbao – Pico Jano 181,2 km Vine Evenepoel
7 road racesemi mountain stage Camargo – Cistierna 190 km branded Evenepoel
8 road racerock stage Pola de Laviana – Colláu Fancuaya 153,4 km Vine Evenepoel
9 road racerock stage Villaviciosa – Les Praeres 171,4 km Meintjes Evenepoel
10 individual time trial Elche-Alicante 30,9 km Evenepoel Evenepoel
11 road race Alhama de Murcia – Cabo de Gata 191,2 km Groves Evenepoel
12 road racesemi mountain stage Salobrena – Penas Blancas 192,7 km Carapaz Evenepoel
13 road race Ronda – Montilla 168,4 km Pedersen Evenepoel
14 road racerock stage Montoro – Sierra de la Pandera 160,3 km Carapaz Evenepoel
15 road racerock stage Martos – Sierra Nevada 152,6 km Arensman Evenepoel
16 road race Sanlucar de Barrameda – Tomares 189,4 km
17 road racesemi mountain stage Aracena – Tentudía Monastery 162,3 km
18 road racerock stage Trujillo – Alto de Piornal 192 km
19 road racerock stage Talavera of the Queen – Talavera of the Queen 138,3 km
20 road racerock stage Moralzarzal – Port of Navacerrada 181 km
21 road race The Roses of Madrid – Madrid 96,7 km


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