After an completely depressing day and two crashes throughout stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) appeared upbeat and hopeful about the remainder of the race, regardless of struggling street rash and bruising.
With the rain of earlier days disappearing, the Belgian appeared in the beginning in Napoli in his customary white world champion’s package, moderately than the black wet-weather gear he wore all through Wednesday’s sodden stage. He even confirmed off his soccer abilities on the sign-on podium.
“I slept effectively,” he mentioned, including that he was “pleased with the sensation”, regardless of the marks that had been left in a single day.
Evenepoel crashed twice on a moist and slippery stage 5, first within the opening hour when a canine bumped into the street, and afterward the chaotic run-in to Salerno the place he tangled with two Trek-Segafredo riders.
The primary crash was mentioned to have left the world champion with ache in his sacrum, whereas the second spill noticed him fall closely on his proper facet, struggling a hematoma within the hip space.
“I’ve some ache within the again, and a few large bruises. I’ve a giant black spot on my again, which is a few blood,” Evenepoel mentioned on Thursday morning earlier than the stage began.
“It is life, it is racing, we’ve got to take care of it and attempt to deal with the ache as a lot as attainable, and attempt to chill out as a lot as attainable, as a result of I am going to want a number of power now to heal from the injuries. However till now every thing feels fairly effectively, so I am pleased with the sensation.”
Requested if he feared for his Giro, Evenepoel mentioned: “No. Not worry. That is racing. That is life. This stuff occur.
“There are nonetheless some issues within the again space, however I’ve the impression that after I’m on the bike it is higher than after I’m off it, or after I’m sat on a chair. We’ll see. We’re cyclists, we’ve got to undergo extra in sure moments than in others. I’ve to simply accept it and push the pedals.”
Staff physician Toon Cruyt, who had issued a sobering warning over the potential affect of Evenepoel’s accidents on Wednesday night time, additionally lower a extra optimistic tone in Napoli on Thursday morning.
“He had a very good night time. He slept effectively and the remedies that the osteopath and the kineo did final night time labored effectively. We’ll see how he reacts on the bike however I hope that will probably be okay,” Cruyt mentioned.
“It relies on how the race develops, if it is like this [dry], then it’s a bonus in comparison with rain, when there could be crashes – we must always keep away from that now.”
There might be a substantial amount of intrigue as to how Evenepoel comes by way of Thursday’s stage 6, which options undulating terrain and a few categorised climbs however is straight-forward from a basic classification perspective. The identical, nonetheless, can’t be mentioned of Friday’s summit end on the Gran Sasso d’Italia, the primary main climbing encounter of this 12 months’s Giro.
It’s typically mentioned that the second day after a crash is usually be when the results are felt most keenly, one thing Evenepoel himself acknowledged as regards to his crash on stage 12 of final 12 months’s Vuelta a España, the place he ticked off the flat stage 13 however then misplaced 48 seconds to Primož Roglič on the Sierra de la Pandera.
“I simply hope I haven’t got a foul day, as a result of final 12 months in Vuelta after two days I had a foul day. We’ll see,” Evenepoel mentioned.
“At this time it is good that it is onerous day so the legs might be pushing and turning. First in the present day, then tomorrow.”
Cruyt, nonetheless, did not seem overly involved by the two-day prospect, pointing to Evenepoel’s psychological energy.
“Normally the primary two days are vital but when he passes effectively in the present day, I feel he’ll be okay for tomorrow,” Cruyt mentioned.
“Usually the second the second day is the worst however it’s typically additionally a psychological factor. Remco doesn’t have this psychological drawback. 10 minutes after his crash, he was able to combat once more.”