The Belgian concluded the week on a high, taking his ninth victory since the start of the season.

Remco Evenepoel confirmed again he is one of the peloton’s finest time trialists, notching up his seventh success in the discipline after a storming ride on the last day of the Tour de Suisse, which concluded in Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz.

As soon as he left the start house, Remco showed he was a man on a mission, flying on the first part of the 25.6km hilly route and going fastest by a mile at the 12.9km checkpoint. Averaging over 54km/h, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s rider stormed around the course and obliterated the best result at the finish, going into the hot seat with just a dozen riders still to come. Not even the European Champion or Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), who would go on to win the overall classification, could improve Evenepoel’s time (28:26), and the 22-year-old celebrated his maiden time trial victory in the World Tour ranks.

“It’s a beautiful way to finish it off like this. It was close in the end, but I had the fastest bike and I’m happy and proud to win against so many very good riders. I learned a lot this week – which was one with ups and downs and with many difficulties – including on the days I lost time, where I missed some freshness. In the last two stages I began feeling better, the shape was improving, so I focused on this time trial, knowing I had a chance.”

“It was quite hard today with the heat, but I could keep the power despite these conditions, sticking to my pace plan, and I’m delighted I could pull it off. This result in a World Tour ITT is a big step in my career and an important win ahead of next week’s National Championships, where I’ll go motivated and with a good morale”, added Remco after his 31st pro victory.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:26
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
3 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:11
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:28
5 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
0:33
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:55
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:59
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
1:02
10 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
1:05
19 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:40
37 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:32
38 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:34
DNF Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-00:28:26
1 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
33:07:09
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
1:12
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
1:16
4 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
2:10
5 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
2:25
6 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
2:59
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:37
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
3:39
9 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
3:42
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:45
11 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:04
20 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:20
56 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:23:06
73 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:57:13
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
30 pt
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20 pt
3 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
18 pt
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12 pt
7 Nico Denz
Team DSM
12 pt
8 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
24 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
60 pt
2 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
31 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
28 pt
4 Nico Denz
Team DSM
20 pt
5 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Movistar Team
16 pt
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
15 pt
7 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
14 pt
8 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
10 pt
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
29 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
33:08:21
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:52
3 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
3:14
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
5:55
5 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
7:25
6 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
19:40
7 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
30:03
8 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
39:23
9 Yannis Voisard
Switzerland
44:45
10 Nicolas Prodhomme
AG2R Citroën Team
48:19
1 BORA - hansgrohe 99:28:46
2 Groupama - FDJ 1:07
3 AG2R Citroën Team 17:22
4 INEOS Grenadiers 31:30
5 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 38:35
6 Israel - Premier Tech 39:22
7 Movistar Team 42:09
8 Cofidis 1:03:34
9 Lotto Soudal 1:18:05
10 Team DSM 1:27:56

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