Peter Sagan offers his views on neo-prof Remco Evenepoel. The ex-world champion drove together with Evenepoel the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina at the end of January, and saw how every movement of the still just 19-year-old Belgian followed closely by the press: “If he evolves as I expect, he will be even better this season,” he says in an interview to Cyclingnews.
Sagan made his debut in the profpeloton almost 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the Slovaak 110 victories, including 3 world titles, 6 green jerseys in the Tour, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, 11 stages in the Tour de France, 3 times Gent-Wevelgem and 1 times the E3 Harelbeke. The Slovaak so know as no other what it is to meet expectations.
“If he only will race to earn his living, he will still decide”
But Sagan sees that Evenepoel even more in the spotlight than when he made his debut. In the Tour of San Juan was the result of the Remco (9th overall and winner of the young rider classification;) more attention than the winner Winner Anacona. Sagan and Evenepoel reason together in Argentina and the former world champion, the young rider of the Deceuninck – Quick Step now that the council particularly to enjoy the moment and themselves to amuse. “That is the most important. If he is just going to races and training in order to earn his living, then he will still decide,” says Sagan, in an interview with Cyclingnews.
“If we start with bikes and racing, then we do that because we like to do. Then it is our profession, and a way to earn money and we forget sometimes to enjoy. I work hard to ensure that I continue to enjoy my sport,” said the rider from Bora-Hansgrohe.
“Time will tell how his career will go”
Also about the future of Evenepoel allows Sagan to shine. “If it evolves as I think he will be better as the season progresses. It is still too early to think about the future. Who knows what the next years will happen? About two years we will see how he has grown up. I don’t know what a rider he is or can be. I am a matured compared to when I was 18-19 years old. I don’t know about his adulthood, but time will tell how it will go during his career.”
Evenepoel runs from 25 February to the UAE Tour. That’s the first Worldtour race, in which he at the start. Also riders like Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin and world champion Alejandro Valverde come to the start. Sagan pulls soon on hoogtestage to prepare for the classics.