Remco Evenepoel to race Giro d’Italia, hints at new Quick-Step teammate

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Will Remco Evenepoel ride to win the Giro d’Italia next season?

That’s what Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s new teammate Jan Hirt hinted at during a recent interview with Czech TV.

With speculation mounting over which Grand Tours Evenepoel could race in 2023, the commentary provides the latest clue as to where the reigning world champion will race next season.

“I will start the season in San Juan and then I will probably go to the Giro d’Italia to help Remco Evenepoel, who wants to win the Italian grand tour after his victory in La Vuelta,” Hirt said in a recent interview.

Hirt, 31, won a stage at the 2022 Giro and is registered to race for the next two seasons at the new Soudal-Quick-Step.

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The Czech climber is a key addition to Quick-Step in 2023, and Hirt’s schedule is likely to coincide with Evenepoel’s, especially after many have pointed out that Evenepoel sometimes lacked the firepower to help him set the pace. in the mountains.

Evenepoel has been noncommittal in public comment so far about what its 2023 grand tour schedule would look like.

With a time trial-laden Giro route that would favor Evenepoel, a tilt towards the Italian Grand Tour makes sense to many inside the team bus at Quick-Step.

On paper, the Giro seems more suitable than the Tour for Evenepoel, but the chance to make his Tour debut in the rainbow jersey, however, could prove too tempting for Evenepoel.

Of course, Evenepoel could race both the Giro and the Tour in the same season, or also defend his Vuelta a España crown. Two major tours in 2023 are unlikely for the Belgian superstar, who turns 23 in January.

Team officials say more details about Evenepoel’s schedule and the team’s top riders will be worked out during a training camp in December, and will be revealed during an official team presentation early next year to welcome the new co-sponsor Soudal on January 6.

In an interview with the Czech magazine IDNESHirt said he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to race Quick-Step, especially since he raced with the development team in 2014.

“I hope to learn a lot at Quick-Step,” he said. IDNES. “Everyone on that team moves up a level. There are many leaders, but cycling is a collective and I have to adapt to that”.

Hirt, who raced with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert in 2021 and 2022, enjoyed a breakout season in 2022, winning a stage and overall at the Tour of Oman.

At the Giro, he won the “queen stage” over the Mortirolo in the last week and finished sixth overall. A case of COVID-19 left him out of the Vuelta.

Hirt said he is ready to help Evenepoel and the other team leaders.

“And if I work hard for others, I will also get my chances,” he said of Soudal-Quick-Step. “There is no point in resisting the natural hierarchy.”

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