Evenepoel is confident in the Vuelta’s first mountain test

Poor positioning prevents better positioning

By Kevin Kemp

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Remco Evenepoel (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl) | Photo: Cor Vos

08/24/2022 | (rsn) – Usually only one Belgian journalist accompanies the Vuelta a Espana, but thanks to the presence of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), dozens of journalists are following in the footsteps of this year’s Tour of Spain. They registered that the two-time winner of Clasica San Sebastian survived the first mountain test on Tuesday. His eighth place finish did not impress, but it gave the Belgian and his sporting director confidence. That’s understandable, especially with a closer look at the last stage of the 4th stage from Vitoria to Laguardia.

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Evenepoel was ranked at the same time as stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo – Visma). “It went well. I only lost the bonus by a second, but that’s part of the Grand Tour,” he concluded at the end of the Belgian press gathering around him. But you can “You can’t have everything in life. The most important thing is that I don’t lose another second,” said the 22-year-old.

The final climb in Laguardia is short, so the final climb is a blast. In the past, Evenepoel often had problems with such arrivals. “The one-kilometer climb is tough and specific. It’s something I haven’t practiced in a long time, but I have to be there and not waste any time,” he said. Evenepoel has shown several times this season that he has improved his explosiveness, not least in his decisive start. At Redoute in his victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which he proved again on Tuesday.

Poor positioning prevents better positioning

Because while seven riders were better than Flame in daily results, only a few climbed. When Mads Pedersen (Trek – Segafredo) and Roglic started running, Evenepoel was not in the top 15 riders. Only in the straight house does he appear in the background and you can see him running over other drivers. That’s a necessity, because only the first twelve get credit for winning times. “I think there is a gap behind me. And that’s the danger of such arrivals when things happen so quickly. But the mission was successful,” Evenepoel said with satisfaction.

The two-time world champion from 2018 also gave the reason for his bad position: “We want to try to win with Julian Alaphilippe, but if the legs are not good enough…”. The world champion finished 20th, 20 seconds.

After finishing the work, Evenepoel disappears in the ice bath for ten minutes – of course Not noticed by Belgian journalists. “In the end it was very hot and the day went by very quickly. That did not make it an easy day. Today will also play a role in the perspective of tomorrow and Thursday,” he explained.

Evenepoel’s sporting director Wilfried Peeters is also satisfied. “We know that Roglic is very explosive but nothing happened for Remco and the gap opened up behind him. That’s positive,” concluded the Belgian, “Now only the bonus seconds make the difference and we haven’t lost anything. We’re waiting for next week. So far, we’re in the table,” he added. After four days, his protégé was sixth in the classification, 27 seconds behind Roglic.

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