Guimard: “Evenepoel, I don’t think we’ve seen anyone else”

While the Worlds just ended, that some end their time, while others look at Tour of Lombardy… our columnist Cyrille Guimard gives us his opinion on many subjects. The coronation of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) at World’s Championships in Wollongong and the possible Belgian presence in Tour of France 2023, the Blues performance with 2nd place in Christopher Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), the absence of headsets in the online race, the case Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) that shook the world of cycling since Sunday, the return of competition in Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)… All these exciting topics are explored in “Druid“!

Video – Cyrille Guimard’s Chronicle after the 2022 Worlds!

Remco Evenepoel’s new status: “He entered the forbidden circle of icons”

“He’s a new king, he’s been running for a long time, we’ve been waiting for him since he was a junior, he won so quickly. Today, Remco Evenepoel entered a very small circle, no longer stars, but icons. like Roger Federer. We know this boy has absolutely incredible potential. We always have the doubt, “will it last?” we saw others … This long cut after his fall in the Tour of Lombardy, which still harmed him physically for almost a year and a half.”

Evenepoel on Tour in 2023: “Let Patrick Lefevere handle the problem”

“No. It’s not an obligation. He started a Tour in Italy not ready enough last year. Do not forget that he is 22 years old, there is a short time, we say that at this age we are still very young. .We can’t even imagine doing the Tour de France for someone aged 21 or 22. It’s been done since the arrival of Egan Bernal, After there was Tadej Pogacar, Remco he’s there but not at the level in Grand Tours. Doing the Tour at 21 is normal.”

“The performance will be quality whether there is Remco Evenepoel or not, we will allow it. Look for example at Tadej Pogacar this year, he has a team with broken arms and he did not win the Tour de France. Now he Lefevere’s team is ready, in a Tour de France, to take the helm from the first to the last day? So let Patrick Lefevere manage the problem with the rider and his advisors and we’ll see if he be at the start of the Tour de France or not.”

Thomas Voeckler’s men’s race: “This 2nd place is miraculous…”

“If we return the race kilometer by kilometer, we must say that this second place is miraculous, unexpected for the French team. It is not never finished, because something very unusual, you have seven riders who stop a kilometer and a half from the finish, with a minute ahead of the peloton and they stop so much that at 300 meters they caught cold in the peloton. . While no runner knows where he will arrive.

“But it’s racing, you don’t have earbuds, it’s very unusual. Besides, let’s make it very clear, if we win a silver medal, it’s good that we don’t have a headset. Because if there is a headset, the intercalated runners are informed by the sports directors that behind it will reach 70 an hour and they will not be reached. Live competitions without headsets, at least we can see the show.”

The results of the Blues in these Worlds: “We are in our place”

“Yes, that should put us in the 11th or 12th place in the medal table. Wherever we are in our place, we will be content with what we have, we are at our level. We have a female silver that medal “, that’s very, very good. In women’s cycling, we are still dominated by foreigners and we are really struggling to exist. So let’s be happy with what we have.

“We kept a form of suspension with Alaphilippe, “will he be 100% or not?”, in the end he was not, but he played his role and we know he will play it, as he always does , the state of mind that belongs to him. The French team is very active, maybe awkward sometimes but there are two, I almost want to say that we are first behind Evenepoel. When we win, it’s always right, with two. We can ask the ourselves but there is this medal from Christophe Laporte, it will stay in the guts.”

Jonas Vingegaard’s favorite for the Tour of Lombardy? : “The Tour de France in July…”

“Let him start the races and we will see later. He won the Tour de France, he does not need us to talk to him now as he is sure to win the Tour of Lombardy. There are probably others ahead of him now. They show , less than two weeks before the Tour of Lombardy, that they are out of the game. I still have trouble understanding this type, the Tour de France in July, two and a half months later he is back in the competition, wanting him to race again. But we can’t give him more credit than the other riders, who in my opinion are working harder than him right now.”

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