Tour de Suisse: A hard day for Evenepoel

Tour de Suisse: A hard day for Evenepoel

Thursday afternoon, the peloton took in some of the roads used in 2009 at the World Championships in Mendrisio, and that, combined with the blazing heat, made for a tough stage that widened the gaps between the general classification favourites, which at the start of the day were minimal.

A debutant at the Tour de Suisse, Remco Evenepoel had difficulties on the second ascent of the Pedrinate (2.4km, 8.7%), losing some 15-odd seconds, but with the help of his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammates he made it back to the depleted peloton that was gradually raising the tempo. Unfortunately, the next time they tackled that climb, the Belgian struggled again due to the high temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius on the gruelling gradients, and despite giving his best to limit the losses, he concluded two minutes behind Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe), who took the win from a reduced group.

“I would have preferred to not lose time today, but they rode really fast and with this heat, if then you get overheated or you feel a bit not in the game for a second then you pay for that. There are still two totally different stages coming and an individual time trial, two minutes isn’t positive but I wouldn’t say it’s completely over for a nice GC.”

“Today I had a half off-day, and hopefully tomorrow and the day after things will be better. On the climbs they went really full gas and I just didn’t have that today. Ilan and Fausto did a perfect job to bring me back just before the descent, but I had difficulties and got dropped again on that short and explosive ascent. Two minutes is a lot, but I will keep fighting in the next days”, an upbeat Remco explained after the stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
4:30:28
2 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:00
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
5 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:05
6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
7 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
10 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:09
28 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:12
38 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:42
41 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:01
55 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:00
68 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:06
100 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27:19
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
22:16:56
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
0:06
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:07
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:14
5 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:16
6 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
7 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:28
8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:40
9 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:43
10 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
0:44
19 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:22
30 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:04
35 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:28
56 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:37
99 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
54:52
119 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:13:32
1 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20 pt
2 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
14 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
14 pt
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
5 Daryl Impey
Israel - Premier Tech
12 pt
6 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
12 pt
7 Peter Sagan
TotalEnergies
12 pt
8 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Alberto Bettiol
EF Education-EasyPost
12 pt
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
34 pt
2 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
3 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
10 pt
4 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
5 Simon Vitzthum
Switzerland
10 pt
6 Silvan Dillier
Alpecin-Fenix
9 pt
7 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
8 Jonas Rutsch
EF Education-EasyPost
8 pt
9 Manuele Boaro
Astana Qazaqstan Team
8 pt
10 Mathias Reutimann
Switzerland
8 pt
22 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
22:17:10
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:02
3 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
0:30
4 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:49
5 Thomas Pidcock
INEOS Grenadiers
1:52
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:08
7 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
2:30
8 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
5:04
9 Edoardo Zambanini
Bahrain - Victorious
5:49
10 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:14
1 BORA - hansgrohe 66:51:30
2 INEOS Grenadiers 2:09
3 Groupama - FDJ 3:07
4 EF Education-EasyPost 3:42
5 Israel - Premier Tech 14:40
6 AG2R Citroën Team 15:44
7 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 20:25
8 UAE Team Emirates 20:53
9 Movistar Team 21:29
10 Cofidis 34:18

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