Our rider passed another important test at the Spanish Grand Tour.

Remco Evenepoel made it twelve consecutive days at the top of the general classification after successfully defending La Roja on the climb to Monasterio de Tentudia. On paper, the ascent looked to be an easy one, having an average gradient of just 5%, but that told only half of the story, as it included two short downhill sections before the final four kilometers, which featured some steep ramps of 7% that promised to make it difficult for the riders.

Evenepoel was indeed tested in the final two kilometers, when Enric Mas (Movistar) put in a dig at the front, but he responded promptly, sending a clear message to all his opponents. Shortly after, Remco took command of the small but select group of favourites, controlling things and even accelerating out of the saddle with the finish line in sight, gaining a few seconds on some of the other general classification contenders.

With only four stages to go, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s 22-year-old remains firmly in control of the standings, where two minutes separate him from the rider in second, but the Belgian stressed out that the fight for victory is far from being over, with three days in the mountains still on the menu.

“I expected Mas to attack, I knew he would want to see how I reacted, but I felt good, despite not being the easiest of finishes, with some steep gradients in the final part, all this after another fast and nervous stage. The team was very good again today, they set the tempo and protected me until the climb, where Dries brought me in a good position, and all I had to do there was follow the moves. I’m satisfied with how things went, but we have a couple of more difficult days left here and we must keep the same focus”, said Remco, who continues to lead also the youth classification.

 

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Race details

1 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education-EasyPost
3:42:28
2 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
3 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
0:02
4 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
0:15
5 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
0:26
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:29
7 Alessandro De Marchi
Israel - Premier Tech
0:46
8 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
0:55
9 Élie Gesbert
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:09
10 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:30
14 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:11
47 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10:11
60 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10:52
92 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:29
95 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:43
103 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:08
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65:14:05
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:01
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:51
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
5:20
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
5:33
6 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
6:51
7 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
7:46
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
9:11
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education-EasyPost
9:33
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
11:40
42 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:23:46
60 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:57:54
66 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:07:45
108 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:08:13
112 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:15:08
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
349 pt
2 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
149 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
133 pt
4 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
105 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
103 pt
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
90 pt
7 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
86 pt
8 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
74 pt
9 Danny van Poppel
BORA - hansgrohe
72 pt
10 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
64 pt
24 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36 pt
67 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
1 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
59 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
22 pt
4 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Deceuninck
21 pt
5 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
20 pt
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
19 pt
7 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Deceuninck
17 pt
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
16 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
11 pt
14 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9 pt
22 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65:14:05
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:51
3 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
5:20
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
6:51
5 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
7:46
6 José Félix Parra Cuerda
Equipo Kern Pharma
44:44
7 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
46:30
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
54:33
9 Edoardo Zambanini
Bahrain - Victorious
1:04:14
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
1:07:12
12 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:23:46
1 UAE Team Emirates 194:52:35
2 INEOS Grenadiers 43:16
3 Astana Qazaqstan Team 54:47
4 Movistar Team 1:05:21
5 Bahrain - Victorious 1:07:40
6 BORA - hansgrohe 1:08:46
7 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:25:25
8 Jumbo-Visma 1:41:25
9 EF Education-EasyPost 1:42:15
10 Groupama - FDJ 2:16:08

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