Deceuninck-QuickStep saw its rider Davide Ballerini take the final stage of the Tour of Poland on Sunday, the Italian’s triumph and Remco Evenepoel’s GC victory going a small way to cheer the team after Fabio Jakobsen’s horrific crash in Stage 1. Twenty-year old Evenepoel, now a leading favourite for October’s Giro d’Italia, has now won all four of his 2020 stage races, earning five stage wins along the way.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Evenepoel took the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional in Argentina and Volta ao Algarve in Portugal, and since racing returned he has won the Vuelta a Burgos and Tour of Poland.
Evenepoel’s Tour of Poland win was notable not just because it’s his first WorldTour stage race title, but also because of the way he won it, with an incredible solo win after an attack 51-km from the finish line on Saturday’s queen stage. As he crossed the finish line 1:48 in front of Jakob Fuglsang, he held up Jakobsen’s race number.
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— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@deceuninck_qst) August 8, 2020
Fuglsang was runner-up on GC, and Simon Yates rounded out the podium.
The final podium of the @Tour_de_Pologne with @jakob_fuglsang on second place.🥈 #AstanaProTeam #TdP20 pic.twitter.com/7Hu3ZRuUi8
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) August 9, 2020
Hugo Houle was top Canadian at 24th, James Piccoli came 40th and Alex Cataford placed 42nd.
According to Italian betting provider Sisal, Evenepoel is the odds-on favourite to win the Giro, with Richard Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali and Simon Yates the other most likely contenders.
For Sisal (one of the main Italian betting provider), Remco Evenepoel is now the favourite to win Giro d’Italia 2020. pic.twitter.com/T9mQiXRWlu
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) August 8, 2020
Next Saturday at Il Lombardia Evenepoel will try to stop compatriot Wout Van Aert from sweeping the Singular August Italian Classics/Monuments Fortnight after victories in Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo