Tour de Suisse: First World Tour ITT win for Evenepoel

Tour de Suisse: First World Tour ITT win for Evenepoel

Remco Evenepoel confirmed again he is one of the peloton’s finest time trialists, notching up his seventh success in the discipline after a storming ride on the last day of the Tour de Suisse, which concluded in Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz.

As soon as he left the start house, Remco showed he was a man on a mission, flying on the first part of the 25.6km hilly route and going fastest by a mile at the 12.9km checkpoint. Averaging over 54km/h, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s rider stormed around the course and obliterated the best result at the finish, going into the hot seat with just a dozen riders still to come. Not even the European Champion or Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), who would go on to win the overall classification, could improve Evenepoel’s time (28:26), and the 22-year-old celebrated his maiden time trial victory in the World Tour ranks.

“It’s a beautiful way to finish it off like this. It was close in the end, but I had the fastest bike and I’m happy and proud to win against so many very good riders. I learned a lot this week – which was one with ups and downs and with many difficulties – including on the days I lost time, where I missed some freshness. In the last two stages I began feeling better, the shape was improving, so I focused on this time trial, knowing I had a chance.”

“It was quite hard today with the heat, but I could keep the power despite these conditions, sticking to my pace plan, and I’m delighted I could pull it off. This result in a World Tour ITT is a big step in my career and an important win ahead of next week’s National Championships, where I’ll go motivated and with a good morale”, added Remco after his 31st pro victory.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:26
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:03
3 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:11
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:28
5 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
0:33
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:55
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:59
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
1:02
10 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
1:05
19 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:40
37 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:32
38 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:34
DNF Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-00:28:26
1 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
33:07:09
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
1:12
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
1:16
4 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
2:10
5 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
2:25
6 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
2:59
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:37
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
3:39
9 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
3:42
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:45
11 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:04
20 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:20
56 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:23:06
73 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:57:13
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
30 pt
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20 pt
3 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
18 pt
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12 pt
7 Nico Denz
Team DSM
12 pt
8 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
9 pt
24 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
60 pt
2 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
31 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
28 pt
4 Nico Denz
Team DSM
20 pt
5 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Movistar Team
16 pt
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
15 pt
7 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
14 pt
8 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
10 pt
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
29 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
33:08:21
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:52
3 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
3:14
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
5:55
5 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
7:25
6 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
19:40
7 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
30:03
8 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
39:23
9 Yannis Voisard
Switzerland
44:45
10 Nicolas Prodhomme
AG2R Citroën Team
48:19
1 BORA - hansgrohe 99:28:46
2 Groupama - FDJ 1:07
3 AG2R Citroën Team 17:22
4 INEOS Grenadiers 31:30
5 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 38:35
6 Israel - Premier Tech 39:22
7 Movistar Team 42:09
8 Cofidis 1:03:34
9 Lotto Soudal 1:18:05
10 Team DSM 1:27:56

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