Remco fights back on chaotic Tirreno-Adriatico finale

Remco fights back on chaotic Tirreno-Adriatico finale

Another day, another Remco Evenepoel attack at Tirreno-Adriatico. Staying true to his nature, the 22-year-old went on the offensive for the second straight day, putting down the hammer on one of the short but brutally steep hills of the 155km stage to Fermo, inside the closing ten kilometers as the gradients hit double digits. So powerful was his attack that only two riders could follow him over the top of the hill.

The trio worked well together and by the time they completed the descent they had a promising ten-second gap over a peloton that had troubles in organising the chase, but in a shocking twist they went off course due to the poor signalling of the road marshals. All of the sudden, Remco found himself twenty seconds adrift, but he summoned the remaining energy he had, and with some valuable help from Davide Ballerini – a member of the original breakaway – he bridged across just in time for the final ascent of the stage and concluded this nervous day together with the blue jersey.

Ahead of the race’s queen stage – which is set to include a double ascent of the tough Carpegna climb, Evenepoel remains second on the general classification, only a couple of seconds off the top of the table.

“I felt good today and had a fantastic team around me, who worked hard to keep me protected. Then when UAE took over the pace-making, the speed increased and I knew that the right moment to attack had come. I was joined only by Pogacar and Vingegaard, and we went full gas on the descent and had a good gap, but then there was almost nothing and no one to show us that we should go right, so instead of this we continued to ride straight ahead and our promising move ended there. Fortunately, I had the legs to make up the gap, and also with some help of Ballero, I managed to return in the pack, but it’s a pity how things turned out at a moment when they were looking so good”, said Remco after the stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:39:53
2 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
0:10
3 Simone Velasco
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:14
4 Nelson Oliveira
Movistar Team
0:15
5 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
0:28
7 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:28
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:28
9 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:28
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:28
53 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:58
56 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:19
65 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:23
95 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:08
123 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:17
153 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:11
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
18:17:08
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:43
4 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:45
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
1:00
6 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
1:00
7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
1:02
8 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
1:06
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:11
10 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:14
37 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:58
96 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25:36
100 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:25
103 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:05
128 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
40:09
152 Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:50
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
32 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19 pt
3 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
18 pt
4 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
5 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
6 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
12 pt
7 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
8 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
11 pt
9 Simone Velasco
Astana Qazaqstan Team
11 pt
10 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
10 pt
16 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
27 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
2 Davide Bais
EOLO-Kometa
10 pt
3 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
9 pt
4 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
9 pt
5 Francesco Gavazzi
EOLO-Kometa
8 pt
6 Diego Rosa
EOLO-Kometa
6 pt
7 Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
6 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
5 pt
9 Simone Velasco
Astana Qazaqstan Team
5 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
4 pt
18 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE Team Emirates
18:17:08
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:43
4 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Fenix
2:45
5 Matteo Sobrero
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
3:11
6 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
4:12
7 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Qazaqstan Team
4:28
8 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
4:45
9 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
5:12
10 Valentin Ferron
TotalEnergies
7:03
15 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:25
1 Bahrain - Victorious 11:01:17
2 Movistar Team 0:44
3 BORA - hansgrohe 0:47
4 Astana Qazaqstan Team 1:43
5 INEOS Grenadiers 2:04
6 EOLO-Kometa 2:23
7 Cofidis 3:44
8 Alpecin-Fenix 4:01
9 UAE Team Emirates 4:56
10 AG2R Citroën Team 5:27

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