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Philippa York analysis: Weighing up Remco, Roglic and a Giro of fine margins

Primoz Roglic in the maglia rosa at the 2019 Giro d

Exuberance versus experience, exciting versus expected, new versus old. It’s funny how Primož Roglič being 33 is considered old, but things move so quickly that the 23-year-old Remco Evenepoel is now seen as an established benchmark.

Evenepoel is certainly the standard for the incoming generation, and there’s no arguing that the world champion entirely merits the accolades he has earned. Already a Grand Tour winner at the Vuelta a España last year, he starts the 106th Giro d’Italia as the man to beat if you believe the bookmakers. They’ve given him slightly better odds than his Slovenian rival, even though Roglič has won the Vuelta three times and would have pushed Evenepoel to the limit last year if he hadn’t crashed at the beginning of the final week.

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