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From the Giro di Lombardia to the Giro d’Italia. Remco Evenepoel could start again from Italy, where he saw the dreams of last season go out and wreck. Patrick Lefevere, team manager of Deceuninck Quick Step, is optimistic about the Belgian boy’s rehabilitation path and aims to see him at work again at the next Corsa Rosa, also to understand how he will respond to a very demanding test such as a three-week Grand Giro.

“The fact that he can return to training is fantastic. I’m very happy. I’m not happy only for Evenepoel, but for our whole team. Now we will try not to skip any necessary step to bring him back to the races in the best possible way “, declared Patrick Lefevere in Sporza, underlining that the forced break requires great caution:” Remco has been stopped for too long. Now he comes from a seven to eight week period without a bike. The Giro d’Italia is feasible, but Remco certainly shouldn’t have a relapse. We are trying to bring him back to where he needs to be, in a group, without overdoing it ». A gospel that has been recited for months now, with perfect devotion and with the hope that all this waiting will be rewarded, before the results, by a newfound serenity of the rider within the group.

So, what are the chances of seeing Evenepoel at this year’s Giro d’Italia? Here is Patrick Lefevere’s answer: “I think the Giro d’Italia should start without any particular pressure. It remains to be seen how his physique will respond to a three-week stage race. I can certainly say that I am happy that there is a positive outlook for him again and the Giro d’Italia could be the first race in which he will be able to put the number on his shoulders again and smile at the start. “