Evenepoel wins Itzulia Basque Country youth jersey

Evenepoel wins Itzulia Basque Country youth jersey

Remco Evenepoel showed endless amounts of guts on what was arguably the hardest day of racing this season so far, one comprising seven classified climbs and over 3500 vertical meters. Relentlessly attacked by his opponents inside the last 40 kilometers of the short stage between Eibar and Arrate, Remco demonstrated both calmness and a clinical mindset, riding at his own pace even when the gap went out as high as 30 seconds and the merciless double-digit gradients of the Basque Country began to bite.

Forced to chase on the descent off Krabelin, which he started with a 25-second deficit on the other GC riders, Evenepoel quickly made significant inroads in the gap and bridged across the leading group ahead of the penultimate ascent. There, the yellow jersey was again put under pressure but he kept his composure and rode with maturity well beyond his years, keeping things together before collecting three seconds at the last intermediate sprint of the day.

On the viciously steep early slopes of the Usartza, all the admirable effort put in up until that point took its toll on the overall leader of the race, who got dropped but continued to fight valiantly. In the closing kilometers, over the top of the hill, Evenepoel managed to reduce the gap to the front group and came home just 24 seconds down on the winner of the stage – a result which saw him conclude Itzulia Basque Country in fourth place, a frustrating five seconds off the podium.

“It was a very hard stage. I didn’t have a bad day, I gave my best the entire stage, but I just missed a bit to be up there with the best guys and fight for the GC victory. It was difficult, especially on the steep parts of the climbs, but I kept fighting and kept believing in myself. I came here wanting to test myself against the Grand Tour contenders and this result is something I can build on in the future. There is some disappointment, as I was so close to the podium, but also some satisfaction, because I’m getting closer to the level I want to be. Maybe in a couple of days I will see things differently, given how tough this race was and the quality of the field here”, said Remco, who became the first Belgian winner of the Itzulia Basque Country youth classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

 

Race details

1 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
3:47:07
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
5 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:03
6 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:13
7 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:24
8 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
0:52
9 Davide Formolo
UAE Team Emirates
1:29
10 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
1:41
47 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:29
48 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:29
DNF James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:47:07
DNF Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:47:07
DNF Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:47:07
1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
21:59:36
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:11
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:21
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:32
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:32
7 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
1:26
8 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
3:18
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:55
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education-EasyPost
5:03
24 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:08
46 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36:54
1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
74 pt
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65 pt
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
65 pt
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
62 pt
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
61 pt
6 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
57 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
56 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
45 pt
9 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
38 pt
10 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
37 pt
1 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
TotalEnergies
40 pt
2 Davide Formolo
UAE Team Emirates
38 pt
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
17 pt
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
5 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
12 pt
6 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
12 pt
7 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
8 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
9 Tony Gallopin
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
10 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
9 pt
12 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21:59:57
2 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
5:03
3 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
5:37
4 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
13:04
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
14:41
6 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
16:17
7 Igor Arrieta Lizarraga
Equipo Kern Pharma
23:38
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
29:21
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36:33
10 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
51:00
1 INEOS Grenadiers 66:20:44
2 UAE Team Emirates 1:16
3 Jumbo-Visma 11:25
4 Bahrain - Victorious 11:47
5 Movistar Team 13:35
6 Groupama - FDJ 18:16
7 Trek - Segafredo 22:09
8 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 29:24
9 Cofidis 31:30
10 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 32:47

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