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New rider, new person, same expectations – Remco Evenepoel returns to Vuelta a San Juan

New rider, new person, same expectations – Remco Evenepoel returns to Vuelta a San Juan

“Don’t kill me if I don’t win,” Remco Evenepoel joked at one point on Friday evening, but the expectation, as ever, is that the world champion will be the man to beat when he begins his season at the Vuelta a San Juan this weekend.

When Evenepoel, fresh out of the junior ranks, made his professional debut at this race in 2019, the young phenomenon was already the centre of attention, obliged to do his growing up in public. Twelve months later, when he soared to overall victory, Evenepoel was hailed in the local press as the ‘Messi of cycling,’ and no honorific seemed too extreme.

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