Evenepoel retains second overall at Tirreno-Adriatico

Evenepoel retains second overall at Tirreno-Adriatico

An action-packed stage and an action-filled finale unfolded on the roads of Abruzzo, where the Wolfpack showed its intentions with 40 kilometers to go, when Josef Cerny and Kasper Asgreen softened up the peloton and paved the way for a sharp acceleration of Julian Alaphilippe, whose cunning move was soon speculated by Remco Evenepoel.

The winner of this year’s Volta ao Algarve took off from the bunch the first time up the Bellante climb and drew a response from just three riders, together with whom he established a lead that forced the other teams to chase hard in order to bring back this dangerous move that ended up cutting the remnants of the breakaway’s gap to a mere 40 seconds.

At the bottom of the last ascent, the rainbow jersey paced Evenepoel, who waited for the last two kilometers to try an attack that reduced the group to some 20-odd riders. More riders showed their offensive intentions as the road kept tilting uphill, but it was only with 500 meters to go that someone managed to get away. Remco didn’t panic and rode at his own tempo, limiting the losses to Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and rolling over the line in fourth place just two seconds down, keeping hold of his second place in the general classification.

“We tried to make the race hard but there was a lot of headwind in the descent so you couldn’t really do anything significant. But I’m happy we tried. I notice I still lack a bit of punch against those guys on a climb like this, which we rode full gas. Pogacar had everything under control and he’s definitely the deserved winner. I was in the sixth or seventh position with 100 meters to go and I had to make up some ground, but I have no regrets, as the best man won. I’m still second in the GC, and as I said before, I’m here to give my best and try to be on the podium, and so far things are looking good. I’m looking forward to the next days”, said Evenepoel after the hilly stage 4.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
4:48:39
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:02
3 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
0:02
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:02
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:05
6 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
0:05
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:05
8 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:05
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
0:05
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:05
37 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:35
115 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:05
116 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:54
118 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:54
120 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:54
161 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:54
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
14:36:47
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
4 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:36
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
0:43
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:45
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:50
8 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
0:56
9 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
1:02
10 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:04
25 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:28
104 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:25
118 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:45
129 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21:20
134 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21:30
156 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25:07
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
27 pt
2 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
3 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17 pt
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
8 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
9 pt
9 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
9 pt
10 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
8 pt
12 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
23 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
31 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
2 Davide Bais
EOLO-Kometa
10 pt
3 Diego Rosa
EOLO-Kometa
6 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
5 pt
5 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
4 pt
6 Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
4 pt
7 Luca Rastelli
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
3 pt
8 Francesco Gavazzi
EOLO-Kometa
3 pt
9 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
10 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
2 pt
14 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
14:36:47
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:36
4 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:10
5 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:16
6 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Fenix
1:35
7 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
1:49
8 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Soudal
1:56
9 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
2:11
10 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Qazaqstan Team
2:27
20 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21:30
1 INEOS Grenadiers 43:52:23
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:00
3 Bahrain - Victorious 1:06
4 BORA - hansgrohe 1:35
5 Cofidis 1:48
6 Movistar Team 3:18
7 AG2R Citroën Team 3:24
8 Alpecin-Fenix 3:38
9 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 3:44
10 Jumbo-Visma 3:47

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