La Vuelta: Evenepoel makes it seven days in red

La Vuelta: Evenepoel makes it seven days in red

Remco Evenepoel continues to maintain a strong grip on the leader’s jersey after the Peñas Blancas, following a solid ride on the 19km Andalusian climb, where he looked in control at all times. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Belgian led home the small favourites group that emerged from an already reduced peloton on the slopes of the climb which returned at La Vuelta after nine years, despite a small incident that gave him a scare on this stage 12.

With around 45 kilometers to go, Evenepoel slid out in a corner and suffered some road rash on his right side, but after a quick change of bikes he was already chasing the bunch, where he returned with the help of Ilan Van Wilder. Prominent in the big break that formed 60 kilometers into the stage, Louis Vervaeke dropped out from that group and waited to be caught by the peloton, where he helped with the pace-setting.

Ilan and Louis formed a strong duo that kept things together and protected their leader until with five kilometers to go, when a series of attacks changed the pace and left only ten men there. Remco remained calm, taking over the front and defending himself excellently against all his opponents, retaining the red jersey and the same gap he had opened up atop the standings after Tuesday’s individual time trial.

“Everything looks to be fine after that tumble. It was a very slippery corner and I think the motorbikes were also slipping and slowing down a bit, that’s why I wanted to cut the corner, but it was a bit too much”, the Belgian said before the podium ceremony, where he collected both the red and the white jerseys. “I felt good on the climb and went with my plan, which was to follow the others. I did that and it’s the most important thing at the end of the day. The team was once again great and I want to thank them for the amount of work they put it. Now I’ll try to recover and continue with our plan, which is to take it stage by stage.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Sport

Race details

1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
4:38:26
2 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:09
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
0:24
4 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
0:26
5 Marco Brenner
Team DSM
0:34
6 Élie Gesbert
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:56
7 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
1:12
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Israel - Premier Tech
1:23
9 James Shaw
EF Education-EasyPost
3:04
10 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
3:17
15 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:39
52 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:09
58 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:37
100 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
28:30
131 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
29:21
137 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
33:01
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:25:09
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
2:41
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:03
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
4:06
5 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:53
6 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
6:28
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
6:56
8 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:18
9 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
8:00
10 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
8:05
45 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
51:43
68 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:19:54
74 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:25:14
104 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:54:35
110 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:59:12
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
184 pt
2 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
96 pt
3 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
87 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
86 pt
5 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
78 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
73 pt
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
61 pt
8 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
60 pt
9 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
56 pt
10 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Deceuninck
56 pt
15 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36 pt
54 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
1 Jay Vine
Alpecin-Deceuninck
40 pt
2 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Deceuninck
21 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
20 pt
4 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Deceuninck
17 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 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
9 Mark Padun
EF Education-EasyPost
10 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
10 pt
11 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9 pt
19 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:25:09
2 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
4:06
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:53
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:18
5 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
9:19
6 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
19:26
7 José Félix Parra Cuerda
Equipo Kern Pharma
32:11
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
33:14
9 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
39:06
10 Edoardo Zambanini
Bahrain - Victorious
39:28
11 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
51:43
1 UAE Team Emirates 132:27:59
2 INEOS Grenadiers 6:59
3 EF Education-EasyPost 22:33
4 BORA - hansgrohe 23:30
5 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 30:31
6 Astana Qazaqstan Team 30:33
7 Movistar Team 32:21
8 Bahrain - Victorious 36:56
9 Jumbo-Visma 51:44
10 Burgos-BH 1:17:30

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