Remco Evenepoel wins on the Picon Blanco

Remco Evenepoel wins on the Picon Blanco

Thursday 30 July 2020 - 17:26

Our rider moved into the driving seat at the Vuelta a Burgos after a dominant ride on the race’s first summit finish.

Remco Evenepoel took his first victory of the second part of the season in truly commanding fashion, atop the Picon Blanco, a 7.8km climb with a 9.3% average gradient that awaited the riders at the end of a complicated Vuelta a Burgos day. It was the 20-year-old’s sixth success since the start of the campaign and one which saw him pull on the leader’s jersey with just two stages to go.

The crosswinds were one of the day’s main attractions, hitting some two hours into the stage and fragmenting the peloton into several groups. Despite the combined forces of two teams everything came back together, in part thanks to a strong ride of Shane Archbold and Michael Mørkøv, who laid down the watts so that the groups would merge. The Wolfpack continued to set the pace all the way until the early slopes of Picon Blanco, keeping Evenepoel out of the wind and bringing him to the front before the punishingly steep section of this draining climb, which strung out the peloton.

With the reduced bunch on the heels of the escapees, attacks emerged, and after a series of skirmishes, four riders skipped away. One of these was Remco Evenepoel, who then turned on the gas with two kilometers to go and rode everyone off his wheel, before surging past the last survivor of the breakaway and continuing his march. The European ITT Champion rode steadily, undeterred by the biting gradient, and increased his advantage to almost 20 seconds by the time he arrived at the finish.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the team, because this win wouldn’t have been possible without them. They helped me in the echelons, rallied around me and kept me out of the wind, and this victory is my way of thanking them for their amazing work. I was confident in the guys, they had confidence in me, and you could see that in today’s result. Winning again after so many months feels great and doing it on the new Specialized Tarmac SL 7 makes it even more special”, said Evenepoel after the finish.

“The pace was very high, but when an attack came with two kilometers to go, I decided to jump as I noticed that many riders were on their limit. It wasn’t easy, but if you don’t try, you don’t win, so today I tried. When I saw the gap kept growing, I pushed and pushed and went flat out, even though there was a really strong headwind in the last kilometer. To take both the stage and the leader’s jersey is amazing and we’ll try and keep it until the end, but we won’t rest on our laurels. The race isn’t in the pocket yet, as there are still two stages left, including a hard mountain one, but we’ll continue to give everything. We are in good form after our Val di Fassa training camp, which really helped us gear up for the restart of the season, and hopefully we’ll rack up some more nice results in Spain.”

Remco Evenepoel holds also the best young rider jersey, while Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammate João Almeida has the green jersey, rewarding the leader of the points classification. The 21-year-old Portuguese all-rounder put again a remarkable performance – after the one at February’s Volta ao Algarve – and finished in fifth place atop Picon Blanco, the same position he finds himself in the overall standings of the Vuelta a Burgos.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

 

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:59:09
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:18
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:32
4 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
0:35
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
6 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:52
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
,,
8 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
1:03
9 Joel Nicolau Beltran
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
1:20
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
41 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
66 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
70 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
71 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
103 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:35:16
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:18
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:32
4 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
0:35
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
0:52
7 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
8 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
1:03
9 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
1:33
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
1:35
35 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:06
60 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:24
64 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:34
104 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:16
112 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:27
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 pt
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
28 pt
4 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
6 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
23 pt
7 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
21 pt
8 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
21 pt
9 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
10 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
19 pt
12 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:35:16
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
2:29
4 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
2:53
5 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
3:03
6 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
3:28
7 Urko Berrade Fernandez
Equipo Kern Pharma
4:15
8 Rodrigo Contreras
Astana Pro Team
4:50
9 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
5:09
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
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15 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:06
1 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
34 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
3 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
26 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
20 pt
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
17 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
8 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
12 pt
9 Diego Pablo Sevilla López
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
12 pt
10 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
10 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 34:51:05
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:58
3 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 2:56
4 Astana Pro Team 3:40
5 Team INEOS 8:02
6 Equipo Kern Pharma 8:12
7 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 10:32
8 Bahrain - McLaren 11:33
9 BORA - hansgrohe 15:26
10 Team Jumbo-Visma 16:39

Top results

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:59:09
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:18
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:32
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