Remco Evenepoel missed his first climbing appointment of the new season on the Alto Colorado. The world champion broke open the course on the final climb, but could not sustain his effort. Evenepoel realized afterwards that he had made a mistake and put his hand in his own bosom. “I should have known better.”
“Damage was still limited”
Just over 10km from the top, Evenepoel accelerated in his well-known style, after a day of fighting against the wind. Why did the world champion go so far? “It was kind of the intention to break open the course”, he said in a first reaction to Renaat Schotte.
“I actually felt good today, but maybe it was a bit overconfident to go there already”, after which Evenepoel briefly disappeared inside for a hot shower.
Once warmed up, the world champion took up the thread again. “It was just not a smart move, a bit stupid,” he self-critically reflects on his attack. “They come over me and then the best ride away.”
“I was able to limit the damage afterwards. We knew in advance that Lopez and co. would fly. Those guys come from a height and that is a completely different preparation. Still, there was certainly more to it today, it is a lesson for perhaps a next edition.”
I actually felt good today, but maybe it was a bit overconfident to go there already.
“Disappointed with my choices”
The condition of Evenepoel is not yet what it should be at this time of year. Or right? “I do notice that it is not yet possible to keep the pace high after my effort”, Evenepoel is honest.
“That’s something I’m going to train on in the coming weeks. I should have known better and played my experience. I just felt really good, but maybe it was a suicide attempt.”
“The moment I went we were already at an altitude of 2,200m and I immediately felt that. My arms were full of lactate for five minutes. to participate in the front. So that attack killed me for about three kilometers.”
Evenepoel does not want to draw too many conclusions after this climb. “I’m just disappointed with my choices. In the wheel it went really smoothly and I turned very smoothly, but maybe I should have kept that attack for the last kilometer and not 10 kilometers.”
“It is in such races that mistakes can be made, as long as it does not happen in the Giro.”
I should have known better and played my experience. I just felt really good, but maybe it was a suicide attempt.