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Remco Evenepoel, 20, Grand Tour debutant, fourth favourite

Joe Robinson
29 Jan 2020

The bookies have priced Evenepoel at 9/1 to win the Giro d'Italia in May

Remco Evenpoel's rise to stardom since joining the WorldTour has been stratospheric. In just 12 months as a professional bike rider, the 20-year-old became European time trial, Tour of Belgium and Classica San Sebastian champion as a teenager. This was then complemented with second at the time trial World Championships for the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider. 

His wholly dominant performances as a junior have started to become commonplace among the world's best and the hype behind Evenepoel is only every rising. 

His stock has risen to such an extent that now, still four months away from his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d'Italia, the bookmakers have blinked, bringing him in as fourth favourite.

Currently, Evenepoel has a best price of just 16/1 with Betway while Bet 365 have literally hedged their bets by putting in this ridiculously talented junior at a lowly 9/1.

This means that the bookies and punters are backing this debutant for the Maglia Rosa to a scale only succeded by defending champion Richard Carapaz, twice-champion Vincenzo Nibali and previous Vuelta a Espana winner Simon Yates.

In fact, the bookies have shortened Evenpoel's odds lower than any other rider who is yet to have won a Grand Tour.

Currently, Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Jakob Fuglsang, former Tour de France podium finisher Romain Bardet and experienced Grand Tour contender Rafal Majka are all set with longer odds. 

To put this into perspective, you can currently get Geraint Thomas at better odds to win a second Tour de France in July and longer odds on Greg van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb all winning a second Paris-Roubaix.

Evenepoel will go to May's Giro, starting in Budapest, Hungary, with two goals: discovering what racing a Grand Tour is like and contesting in the race's three individual time trials.

The earliest of the three time trials come on Stage 1, a flat 9.5km route through Budapest city centre, presenting an early chance for the best testers to pull on the pink jersey.

Evenepoel is among the hot favourites to take stage victory on the opening day, however he will be up against two-time time trial World Champion Rohan Dennis. The Australian is the only rider to have beaten Evenepoel in an individual time trial since last June.

Evenepoel is currently racing the Vuelta a San Juan. He is presently in the race lead having won the Stage 3 time trial by 32 seconds to Team Ineos's Filippo Ganna, who is racing for the Italian National Team.