Remco Evenepoel is still deprived of a bicycle. Until February 8 at least. The latest medical examinations revealed yesterday that the Belgian rider was not yet fully recovered. His pelvic fracture still causes pain and prevents him from rolling. His revalidation is taking longer than expected.
“The news is not as good as we hoped” deplores Patrick lefevere, the manager of the Deceuninck – Quick Step team. “Five weeks ago, we made the decision to stop him. Remco felt unbearable pain when he was in the saddle. Today, the fracture is not completely resolved.”
Remco Evenepoel therefore returned to Spain. He is continuing his rehabilitation in Calpe. On the program: rehabilitation and swimming sessions. Swim, walk, but not ride. There is no question of accompanying your teammates on bike rides. His terrible fall in the Tour of Lombardy has more serious consequences than the frightening crash of Fabio Jakobsen at the Tour of Poland.
Today, Remco is more victim than Fabio
“People have all seen the falls of Remco Evenepoel and Fabio Jakobsen“ tells the boss of the Wolfpack. “Fabio’s injuries were very serious on the face. He has no more teeth, he still has to undergo 2 operations. It will delay his return to competition. But today, Fabio is training with the squad. In December, Remco was also on his bike. We thought things were going much better. But in the end, it’s less serious for Fabio. Today, Remco is more victim than Fabio “.
With these complications, it is difficult to project yourself. Difficult to fix the date of his return to competition. If all goes well, the young prodigy should make his first grand tour in 2021. It remains to be seen whether it will be the Giro, the Tour or the Vuelta.
“The goal is the Giro on May 8th” recalls Patrick Lefevere. “We will analyze the route tomorrow. We could change the program, but in 3 months, it is possible to be ready for this objective. If it does not go well, Remco could do the Giro without thinking of the general and tackle racing with other ambitions to prepare for the future. And why not take part in the Giro or the Vuelta this year with a view to the Tour de France 2022 “.
What if the Tour was Plan B?
In this Olympic year, Remco Evenepoel also dreams of the Olympics. If his revalidation allows it, the Belgian rider could combine Giro and Olympics. But, if the timing is too tight to be on top of the pink jersey race, is it possible that Remco will discover the Tour de France? It is less certain.
“A lot of people are talking about the Tour” adds the manager of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team. “But to start again with the Tour, a test where the level is very high. I’m not sure it’s smart after a long revalidation.”
Remco is not god
The priority for Remco Evenepoel is to regain all of your abilities. And his team will take no risk with his nugget.
“Remco hasn’t ridden a bike for a long time. It’s no god” term Patrick lefevere. “Like everyone, he has to follow several steps to come back. Resume training gradually. The athlete is still there, but the runner is diminished. He has lost his abilities. He must be rebuilt and we will not do it in haste. We work responsibly. The important thing is our career. We are not going to take risks and mortgage our future “.