“Mentally he is extraordinary. We forget that he is 23 years old. He has taken care of too many things. It is important to have a solid team but above all it will have to be focused on one thing: the race.”Rodrigo advances, followed by his colleague. “We forgot the mental aspect of cycling, I had spent almost 80 days training at altitude. The sequence of objectives with, each time, a favorite status to defend, is exhausting. When so many things are chained together, each time, great ambitions, it is human be able to give in.”
In the process, Rodrigo wants to remember Evenepoel’s youth. “At the same age, Vingegaard had only won one stage of the Tour of Poland and finished 46th in the Tour, while Evenepoel has 50 victories. Let’s take these elements into account. He has more successes than failures this season. After the Tour de San Juan, who served as his preparation, won the tour of the Arab Emirates, was surpassed in bonuses in the Vuelta a Catalunya against Roglic, he won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Belgian championships that did not suit him after the disappointment of the Giro that he had to abandon when he was in the lead. He then won San Sebastián and the World Time Trial Championship. He has to get used, from time to time, to not getting the goals of him, the media and the public too.”
The truncated preparation of the Belgian champion was also a problem for him. “His preparation during the summer was focused on the title of world time trial champion, which he placed above all else. There were five weeks between the end of the World Cup and the end of the Vuelta, so the photo was very long with very different preparations”preview Quentin Witness. “It is true that he could not prepare for this Vuelta as he could for the Giro. Patricio Lefevere He even said that Evenepoel would not have had this day if the World Cup were after the Vuelta, adds Rodrigo, who adds that the pilot had too many things to manage. Failure is more mental than physical, otherwise it wouldn’t come back like this the next day. He spent energy on many things, there were extra-sports issues. The first few days she got angry left and right. Beyond the mental, there is also the emotional that will make you win but also sometimes lose.