La Vuelta: Remco Evenepoel wins on Alto del Piornal

La Vuelta: Remco Evenepoel wins on Alto del Piornal

Remco Evenepoel strengthened his grip on the general classification after taking the victory atop Alto del Piornal and becoming the youngest Belgian rider in the last 38 years to win multiple stages in a Grand Tour. It was Remco’s second success at the Vuelta, following the stage 10 ITT in Alicante, and one that helped him extend his advantage in the overall standings.

Leader of La Vuelta since the first week, Evenepoel did a flawless race, backed by a strong Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, who controlled the complicated stage 18 and made sure of escorting the 22-year-old in a perfect position at the bottom of the last climb. There, many attacks came from a fragmenting group that featured all the GC contenders, including Remco, who could rely on Fausto Masnada in the first kilometers of the ascent.

Remco made his intentions known five kilometers from the finish, when he launched a big acceleration that dispatched all his opponents. His attack took many by surprise, but a regrouping eventually took place, although only for a brief moment, as Enric Mas (Movistar) piled on the pressure as the ramps became stiffer.

Evenepoel reacted with ease, shutting down the numerous attacks launched by the Spaniard, which resulted in the last member of the original breakaway being caught in the last 500 meters by the duo. Using his superior kick, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s leader bolted away with 200 meters to go, taking the victory – the Wolfpack’s 41st of the season – and making it almost two weeks in the red jersey, a first for a Belgian in the last 45 years.

“I am very happy with this victory, it’s another great achievement in my life to win a mountain stage in a Grand Tour. It’s an important success for my confidence and for the morale of the team, but also because it showed that I have good legs going into the last days of the race. It was a hard stage, with lots of attacks that came early, but we remained calm. If there’s one thing I have learned these past couple of weeks it’s to remain calm.”

“The Vuelta finishes only in Madrid, so I’m not thinking of the overall win at the moment. What I can say is that we will keep fighting and we’ll try to keep the jersey. We’ve had a successful race so far and we’ll do our best to carry red to Madrid”, said Remco, the first Belgian in almost half a century to take a summit finish victory clad in the leader’s jersey of a Grand Tour.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:45:17
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:02
3 Robert Gesink
Jumbo-Visma
0:02
4 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:13
5 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
0:13
6 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:13
7 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:13
8 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:13
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:13
10 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:13
37 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:00
44 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10:29
95 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:44
101 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:50
103 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:50
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
69:59:12
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:07
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
5:14
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
5:56
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
6:49
6 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:14
7 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
8:09
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
9:34
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education-EasyPost
9:56
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
12:03
41 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:34:25
56 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:14:55
63 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:30:54
104 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:41:07
109 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:48:08
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
349 pt
2 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
149 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
133 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
123 pt
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
107 pt
6 Danny van Poppel
BORA - hansgrohe
92 pt
7 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
86 pt
8 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
64 pt
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
62 pt
10 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
60 pt
26 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36 pt
65 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
45 pt
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
25 pt
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
23 pt
4 Robert Stannard
Alpecin-Deceuninck
21 pt
5 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
20 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19 pt
7 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Deceuninck
17 pt
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
16 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
11 pt
22 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
69:59:12
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
5:14
3 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
6:49
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:14
5 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
8:09
6 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
47:06
7 José Félix Parra Cuerda
Equipo Kern Pharma
53:51
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
1:00:36
9 Edoardo Zambanini
Bahrain - Victorious
1:12:00
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
1:16:41
12 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:34:25
1 UAE Team Emirates 209:11:25
2 INEOS Grenadiers 48:53
3 Bahrain - Victorious 1:11:54
4 Movistar Team 1:13:20
5 BORA - hansgrohe 1:22:24
6 Astana Qazaqstan Team 1:27:21
7 Jumbo-Visma 1:55:05
8 EF Education-EasyPost 1:56:14
9 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 2:03:38
10 Groupama - FDJ 2:18:02

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