Between a revamped calendar and Remco Evenepoel’s propensity to shine in stage racing, the Belgian prodigy may not wear his rainbow jersey often next season.
Remco Evenepoel can tremble. Brand new world champion, the Quick-Step rider will have to face the famous curse of the rainbow jersey. His teammate Julian Alaphilippe, who wore it for the past two seasons, can attest to that. Indeed, the Mâconnais has experienced hell this year, multiplying falls and passages through the infirmary.
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At the time of celebrating the title of world champion, the Belgian press had another concern than this curse: according to the last hourRemco Evenepoel may not wear his prized jersey very often. The first reason is mathematical. Next year, the world championships will actually take place from August with an online race scheduled for August 6. As a result of the organization of the “World Super Championships” that will now bring together all disciplines (road, track, mountain biking, BMX…) every four years. Therefore, the native of Schepdael will only be the current world champion for ten and a half months.
He is too strong…
The other concern of the Belgian press is simply the talent of the prodigy. A great specialist in stage races, as shown by his successes this year in the Vuelta, but also in the Tour of Norway and the Tour of the Algarve, Remco Evenepoel may very often have to change his iridescent jersey for the leader’s jersey in the classification. general or failing him, the best young man he can aspire to from the height of his 22 years.
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The regulations of these races oblige the leaders of the different classifications (general, points, mountain or youth) to wear their distinctive jersey instead of the national, European or world champion tunic. One exception though: when it comes to wearing this distinctive jersey by proxy, as the true leader of the standings is already wearing another distinctive jersey…