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Jonas Vingegaard: ‘Remco Evenepoel and I could be allies until we have to deal with each other’

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The final decision on the 2023 grand tour plans for Jonas Vingegaard will be made in December at a Jumbo-Visma training camp, but that hasn’t stopped speculation surrounding a possible battle between the Tour de France winner and the champion of the Vuelta a España, Remco. Evenepoel.

In all likelihood, Vingegaard will head to the Tour in 2023 as he looks to defend his crown, while Evenepoel will target the Giro d’Italia and use that experience as a springboard towards a Tour bid in 2024.

At the Saitama Criterium last week, Vingegaard was asked about a possible duel with Evenepoel. The pair have yet to compete against each other during a three-week race.

“Yeah, me and Remco on the same big tour, that could work out just fine. We both benefited from a tough race. He could be a good ally until we have to deal with each other,” Vingegaard said. Het Nieuwsblad.

“I thought I was very strong in the Vuelta, but it is difficult for me to estimate how we compare at the moment. We have never competed against each other in a three-week round.”

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Cycling media are hoping to see Vingegaard, Tadej Pogačar and Evenepoel face off in a Grand Tour in the next 12 months, but the Dane believes a three-week challenge is more than just three riders.

He also mentioned his teammate Primož Roglič, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, and Ineos Grenadiers leader Egan Bernal as possible contenders.

“Don’t forget about Roglič and Bernal. All of us together in a big round, I’m already enthusiastic. I am not afraid,” she said. “I want to compete against the best. If I win, it will only light up my victory. Although I dare not predict the outcome of such a clash. One could stand out, but how good would it be to be even and then find out who makes it in the end?

Vingegaard reveals his ambitions to team management

Froome, Vingegaard, Valverde in the Saitama criterium (Photo: Getty Images)

Everything points to a return to the Tour for Vingegaard, and he has spoken openly about the tour and his hopes of taking another title. However, the official confirmation of his plans for 2023 will have to wait a bit.

According to the Dane, he has indicated his hopes for next year at the helm of sporting director Merijn Zeeman.

“I called Merijn. I told him my ideas for next year,” she said. “Now Merijn is together with the rest of the management to put the puzzle together for the whole team. At the training camp in December they come to me with a proposal. If I like that, then it’s fixed. If I don’t like it, then there will be a discussion.”

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