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Remco Evenepoel’s biggest rival is the Giro d’Italia itself – Analysis

Fans cheers Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Soudal-QuickStep during the 106th Giro d

The story in Saturday morning’s Het Nieuwsblad had raised a smile at first, but by the time Remco Evenepoel hurtled past the finish line in Ortona shortly before 5:00 p.m., you suddenly started to wonder if there was a faint ring of truth to it after all. Nothing about this young man seems to be ordinary.

Unlike the bulk of his rivals on this Giro d’Italia, Evenepoel elected to wear a short-sleeved skinsuit in the opening time trial after wind tunnel testing had apparently demonstrated his own skin was more aerodynamic than the most advanced fabrics. “It is certainly possible that Remco has ‘fast skin’,” the headline had trumpeted.

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