Vuelta a España: Evenepoel enters the top 10

Vuelta a España: Evenepoel enters the top 10

After a rest day, the race returned on home soil for stage 4, a 155.2km one between Vitoria and Laguardia, which made an appearance at La Vuelta for the first time since 1967, when it hosted the start of an individual time trial won by Raymond Poulidor.

Puerto de Herrera (7.3km, 4.8%) – a climb coming 15 kilometers from the line, which many knew from the Itzulia Basque Country – and a 900m uphill finish on an 8.4% average gradient were the day’s main attractions, one featuring 2000 meters of vertical gain.

Despite some skirmishes on the last ranked ascent, including an attack of Julian Alaphilippe, who picked up two bonus seconds, it all came down to a fight on the last ramp to the line. Brought close to the front of the bunch by Ilan Van Wilder, who worked hard also on the descent, Remco Evenepoel featured in this challenging finale, being among the few riders to make it into the first group when the peloton split with 200 meters to go.

As Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) sailed to victory, Remco made sure of not conceding any time and rolled over the line in eighth place, a result that moved him up several positions in the general classification. Ahead of another demanding stage in the Basque Country, the 22-year-old La Vuelta debutant sits sixth, only seven seconds off the podium and one second from the top of the white jersey classification.

“It’s mission accomplished. A one-kilometer uphill finish is a very intensive effort, the kind I haven’t done in training in a while. I knew I had to be in the front because gaps were possible and I’m glad I didn’t lose any time, that’s the most important thing”, Evenepoel said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
3:31:05
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:00
4 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
7 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
8 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
9 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
51 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:20
63 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:53
101 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:56
102 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:56
115 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
140 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:16
163 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:39
1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
11:50:59
2 Sepp Kuss
Jumbo-Visma
0:13
3 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
4 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:27
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:33
8 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:33
9 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:34
10 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:51
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:53
38 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:20
106 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:53
107 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:17
117 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:46
130 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:43
138 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:06
1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
127 pt
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
118 pt
3 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
34 pt
4 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Deceuninck
34 pt
5 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
34 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
7 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
22 pt
9 James Shaw
EF Education-EasyPost
20 pt
10 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
26 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14 pt
1 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
3 Julius van den Berg
EF Education-EasyPost
3 pt
4 Jarrad Drizners
Lotto Soudal
3 pt
5 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
2 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
7 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
1 pt
8 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
1 pt
9 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
1 pt
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
11:51:25
2 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:01
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:07
5 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:27
6 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:27
7 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
0:27
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:35
9 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:36
10 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
0:36
15 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:54
1 INEOS Grenadiers 34:44:29
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:35
3 Jumbo-Visma 0:36
4 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 0:39
5 UAE Team Emirates 0:41
6 Trek - Segafredo 0:43
7 Movistar Team 0:44
8 Groupama - FDJ 0:49
9 Bahrain - Victorious 0:50
10 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 1:22

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