Remco Evenepoel, a young Belgian, has become a sensation in the world of cycling. At only 20 years old, he shows great self-confidence and the future seems bright for him. He will make his debut in Il Lombardy on Saturday and many believe he will win.
If I'm a favorite maybe it's my own fault…" Evenepoel joked, as quoted by cyclingnews "I feel really, really good, my preparation was very good, so I'm in the best shape of the season so far.
It's perfect timing. For a six-hour race with a lot of climbing, I think you need to be in good shape and I think we did a perfect job." "I think it's part of my personality not to feel any pressure, I only put pressure on myself," he said with an innocent but sincere shrug of the shoulders."
"I just like challenges for myself and to get ready for them. When I have goals, I know I'll be ready that day. Of course, there's still the race situation and you need a bit of luck, but I try to feel the least pressure possible."
He is satisfied with the conditions that will prevail and is looking forward to the race "Il Lombardia means a lot to me, it's up there with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, so it's really special to be here.
After checking the course I'm happier, too, because it really suits me," he said. "There are no real recovery points in the last three hours of racing, it's going to be sunny, which I like, I'm really excited to start.
The team is ready too and in good shape, so we all have faith for Saturday. "I've always watched Il Lombardia on television but now I'm in it myself for the first time. Hopefully, I can say after Saturday that something special happened.
I hope I can make memories."
Evenepoel will race with much more experienced cyclists
In addition to him, there will be many more experienced cyclists who have won this competition, such as Nibali "He knows the race inside and out.
You can never say Nibali is not a favorite," he said. "There are Fuglsang and some others – I still need to check the full start list. There's Mollema, too, who won last year and if you win a race, you're always one of the favorites, even if I think Trek will play the Nibali card 100 percent."
Although there will be many obstacles that will await him he believes in victory and is in good shape "The final, the last 80km, is super hard; starting with Ghisallo, it doesn’t really include any more flat roads.
The finish is kind of uphill because whoever is first at the top of San Fermo will descend to the finish in Como. But I think the race will be decided before the final climb," Evenepoel predicted. "I have confidence in the team and in myself.
If there are two or three teammates with me over the Muro di Sormano, then we can control the race. After the descent of the Sormano, there is just 38km left. Whoever is left there will decide the race. "My form is good, my legs are goods and my head is good. We're ready."