Deceuninck-Quick Step's Remco Evenepoel has said he's hoping to start his 2021 season "as soon as possible" and that he's "impatient" to race a Grand Tour. Evenepoel has not raced since crashing out of Il Lombardia in August where he suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured pelvis.
However, the Belgian wonderkid is confident he'll be back to his frightening best in 2021. He told Sporza: "It’s going better than we could have hoped. At first I only expected to be able to pedal by now, but I’ve already been on the bike for a month. Things came back quickly here in Spain. I’m no slower or different than before."
The 20-year-old rode 763km in his first week back on the bike, racking up 26 hours around Calpe, a popular winter training destination for the pros. Evenepoel also explained how his time off the bike has allowed him to slim down and he's now five kilograms lighter than at his last race.
He said: "I only weigh 59 to 60kg now, so I can hardly compare my wattages and values with last year, but if you weigh less, you have to push fewer watts to go as fast as you can. The muscle mass I lost in the beginning is back, but the baby fat is completely gone. When I look at my upper body, I am skin and bones.
“I always paid attention to my diet. I knew that every kilogram I gained was one kilogram too many to reach the top again. It's certainly not that I have anorexia, but it's my new lifestyle. I recognised even more the importance of a healthy diet."
In 2021 Evenepoel will likely return to racing in February at Vuelta a Valenciana before moving on to bigger targets later in the year with his Grand Tour debut on the cards.
"It doesn’t matter which one, but I want to race one. I want to start my racing season as soon as possible, so it’s likely the Vuelta a Valenciana could be my first race. The Olympic Games are on my schedule. More than anything, I want to race a Grand Tour."