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In Pogacar’s absence, UAE Tour spotlight belongs to Evenepoel

Remco Evenepoel

To say Remco Evenepoel has unfinished business at the UAE Tour might be something of an overstatement. But there can be no doubt that in 2023, the world champion will want things to play out very differently to his only previous participation in the Middle East’s highest-ranked bike race.

Back in 2019, Evenepoel turned in an impressive performance at the UAE Tour for a fledgling neo-pro on the opening summit finish of Jebel Hafeet, claiming 15th, only to crash out the following day. Mercifully, he only had minor injuries, but his remarkable leap directly from the junior ranks to the WorldTour meant he was already high-profile enough for his untimely exit to generate much of the day’s column inches.

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