Evenepoel wins La Vuelta ITT

Evenepoel wins La Vuelta ITT

Remco Evenepoel produced one of the fastest individual time trials in Grand Tour history, ticking off his main objective of La Vuelta a España by taking a stage victory, which saw him become the first Belgian rider in the last 35 years to triumph in a stage against the clock at the Spanish race.

As the last man to roll down the start ramp, Remco knew what lay ahead, having trained in the morning on the course before following Rémi Cavagna from the car as the Frenchman rode a perfect race that put him in the hot seat with a time of 34:18. Starting his time trial some two hours after Rémi concluded his effort, Evenepoel easily found his rhythm and made a clear statement as soon as the first checkpoint, where he improved his teammate’s time by a whooping 21 seconds.

By the time he reached the halfway point of the 30.9km ITT between Elche and Alicante, the red jersey was already in pole position to take his maiden Grand Tour stage victory, and the 22-year-old continued to keep to tap out a ferocious tempo on his Specialized Shiv, gaining time on all the GC rivals despite some drops of rain falling on the road inside the last twenty minutes of his effort.

On the finishing straight, Remco almost caught his two-minute man before stopping the clock in 33:18 thanks to a stunning 55.67km/h average speed, thus recording the fastest individual time trial of the season. In the end, it was a beautiful and memorable 1-3 for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, with Cavagna joining the Belgian on the stage 10 podium.

I am just so happy and proud with my first Grand Tour stage win!

“I achieved my dream and goal for this race, and it feels great. The pressure is off now, but the confidence and motivation are high, so we will continue to fight over the next stages. Winning the Vuelta remains a dream and we will try to keep the jersey for as long as possible, but for the moment we will just enjoy what’s a fantastic day for us”, said the first Belgian in more than four decades to take a victory at La Vuelta in the leader’s jersey.

“I saw what Rémi did and knowing the time in the key sections of the race helped me a lot, as I noticed many were losing time in the second part of the course, which included that long downhill. I knew I had to push the entire time I was out on the course and after almost 30 kilometers, on the small bump to the finish, my legs were a bit heavy, but I left it all out there and it feels nice to know that I won my first Grand Tour stage in the leader’s jersey”, concluded Remco after his first ITT win at World Tour level, which will see him start stage 11 with a buffer of more than two and a half minutes over his nearest opponent.

 

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Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
33:18
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:48
3 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:00
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
1:22
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
1:27
6 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:37
7 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:42
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
1:46
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
1:47
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:51
55 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:30
60 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:38
133 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:15
144 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:40
155 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:44
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
34:35:50
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
2:41
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:03
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
3:55
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
4:50
6 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:53
7 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
6:45
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
6:50
9 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
7:06
10 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
7:37
51 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:13
52 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
45:03
66 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
59:03
84 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:11:20
103 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:29:13
114 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:35:34
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
147 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
85 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
81 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
73 pt
5 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
67 pt
6 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
67 pt
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
61 pt
8 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
41 pt
9 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
40 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
40 pt
13 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36 pt
45 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
48 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13 pt
1 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
40 pt
2 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Deceuninck
21 pt
3 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Deceuninck
17 pt
4 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
16 pt
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
6 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Cofidis
11 pt
7 Louis Meintjes
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
10 pt
8 Mark Padun
EF Education-EasyPost
10 pt
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
10 pt
10 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9 pt
18 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
28 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
34:35:50
2 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
3:55
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:53
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
6:45
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
7:06
6 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
8:44
7 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
11:52
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
13:36
9 José Félix Parra Cuerda
Equipo Kern Pharma
25:09
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
39:00
13 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:13
1 INEOS Grenadiers 103:14:01
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:29
3 Bahrain - Victorious 11:31
4 Movistar Team 12:45
5 EF Education-EasyPost 14:02
6 Astana Qazaqstan Team 14:09
7 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 16:43
8 Jumbo-Visma 19:01
9 BORA - hansgrohe 19:51
10 Groupama - FDJ 43:50

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