Remco Evenepoel, the Soudal Quick-Step rider, is poised to make his debut at the 2024 Tour de France, and race director Christian Prudhomme is anticipating that the young cyclist could challenge the dominance of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard.
Despite Pogacar and Vingegaard being the favorites, Prudhomme acknowledges Evenepoel's "X-factor" and believes he could "turn things upside down." Evenepoel showcased his resilience at the 2023 Vuelta a Espana, bouncing back after setbacks and leaving a lasting impact on the race.
Christian Prudhomme expresses confidence in Evenepoel's ability to leave a significant mark on the Tour de France, even against formidable competitors like Pogacar and Vingegaard. While acknowledging the favorites, Prudhomme emphasizes Evenepoel's unexpected and brilliant qualities, making him a potential contender for victory.
Despite doubts about Evenepoel's Tour de France chances, Prudhomme highlights the cyclist's capacity to bring excitement and unpredictability to the race.
Evenepoel, the winner of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana and the road race at the World Championships, faced setbacks in the 2023 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
However, Prudhomme commends Evenepoel's ability to rebound, noting his spectacular attacks and resilience after facing challenges. The 2024 Tour de France, with its unique finish outside of Paris due to the Olympic Games, is expected to witness Evenepoel making his mark, potentially influencing the overall outcome of the race.