Evenepoel asks for understanding as INEOS offer for more than 100 million euros leaks out
Complicated days for Remco Evenepoel after his abandonment of the Giro d'Italia by Covid when he was wearing the leader's maglia rosa and for which he has received countless criticisms on social networks, to further complicate the situation has been known the millionaire offer of INEOS Grenadiers that is still looking for a leader for the Grand Tours of the coming years.
Remco Evenepoel responds to criticism of his withdrawal from the Giro d'Italia
After leaving the Giro d'Italia because of the Covid when he was wearing pink, many have criticized the Belgian Remco Evenepoel because, according to the protocols in force, he was not obliged to do so and many think that he should have tried to continue in the race, blaming that he preferred to abandon the race because he did not feel able to win it once he had won two stages.
The Belgian broke his silence with a publication in his social networks where he said "I am not a robot". Remco made an analysis of the situation and made a positive reading, saying that he has already been medically discharged after the Covid and is starting to think about new goals, although he said that it was hard to abandon the race after six months of preparation and that it is simply a matter of sport.
Moreover, if these criticisms were not enough, another piece of news disturbed the peace in Evenepoel's environment. It is, once again, the interest of INEOS Grenadiers in adding him to their ranks, following the transfer rumors that accompanied him throughout the autumn.
Evenepoel has a contract with Soudal-QuickStep until 2026 although it has now emerged that INEOS Grenadiers could have offered the Belgian team an amount between 50 and 100 million euros, offering the cyclist a contract that would be around 6 million euros per season.
With Geraint Thomas at the end of his career and doubts about the recovery of Egan Bernal, INEOS Grenadiers is in need of a leader for the Grand Tours to justify the large investment that the oil company is making in the team.
Asked about it, Soudal-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere was confident he could retain Remco with a terse "it's not his style to let the team down, if INEOS wants to sign him I wish them luck."