Remco Evenepoel leads Itzulia GC

Remco Evenepoel leads Itzulia GC

Racing with panache and unfettered energy, Remco Evenepoel shook up the Itzulia Basque Country overall standings on the penultimate day, climbing to the top of the general classification in addition to leading the youth ranking after attacking from the distance and surprising many of the other contenders.

A debutant at the Itzulia Basque Country, Remco surged clear two kilometers from the summit of the tough Karabieta ascent and drew out a select group that quickly pulled out a 25-second margin over the yellow jersey. The main force of that move, the 22-year-old Belgian continued to drive the pace on the descent, where the gap went out to more than a minute, ensuring a breathless finale for the tough stage 5, which took in close to 3500 vertical meters.

The final hill was a nasty one, averaging 8.8% over three kilometers, but kicking up to a gruelling 16% in the closing 500 meters. On that section, as lone escapee Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) nabbed the win, attacks began firing from the elite group. Evenepoel promptly shut them down and took over the reins again, pushing a hard tempo to prevent any other surges and taking a solid third on the line in Mallabia, and with it, bonifications that made him the new custodian of the yellow jersey.

“When I attacked, I just felt it was the right moment, and seeing that many of the GC riders didn’t react gave me an extra boost to keep pushing. The finale was a bit hectic, with the rain making the climb even more complicated. Just 75 meters from the finish, I slid a bit, then the guys in front of me crashed, so it was quite eventful.”

“At the finish, the guys in the staff told me I’m the new leader of the race, which was quite emotional. I am speechless to wear the yellow jersey in the hardest week-long stage race of the season and I will give my best together with the team on the last stage. It will be difficult and I expect many attacks from the distance, but we will try and I hope to have good legs”, said Evenepoel, the first Belgian rider in 33 years to wear the yellow jersey at Itzulia Basque Country.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Race details

1 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
4:07:09
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:07
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:11
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:11
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:11
7 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:18
8 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:20
9 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
0:38
10 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
1:07
31 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:27
71 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:01
77 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:01
105 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:49
107 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:51
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:12:29
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:02
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
0:20
4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:21
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:22
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:29
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:37
8 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
1:05
9 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1:15
10 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
1:30
12 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:39
56 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
24:25
89 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
45:19
94 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
46:51
119 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:04:32
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65 pt
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
54 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
51 pt
4 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
47 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
46 pt
6 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
42 pt
7 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
37 pt
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
32 pt
9 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
29 pt
10 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
29 pt
22 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
44 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
TotalEnergies
27 pt
2 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
13 pt
3 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
12 pt
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
5 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
10 pt
6 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
9 pt
7 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
9 pt
8 Victor Lafay
Cofidis
7 pt
9 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
10 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:12:29
2 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
4:17
3 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
4:30
4 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
4:32
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
6:07
6 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
6:25
7 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
7:18
8 Igor Arrieta Lizarraga
Equipo Kern Pharma
13:43
9 Nicolas Prodhomme
AG2R Citroën Team
15:20
10 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
23:22
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
24:25
1 INEOS Grenadiers 54:41:33
2 Groupama - FDJ 8:59
3 Movistar Team 12:25
4 UAE Team Emirates 14:19
5 Jumbo-Visma 16:46
6 Bahrain - Victorious 19:48
7 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 21:57
8 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 22:51
9 Trek - Segafredo 25:30
10 Cofidis 26:43

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