Remco Evenepoel wraps up Vuelta a Burgos

Remco Evenepoel wraps up Vuelta a Burgos

Saturday 01 August 2020 - 18:32

At 20 years and 189 days, the Belgian becomes the youngest ever winner in the history of the race.

Three stage races and three triumphs for Remco Evenepoel this year. After a stellar start to the season, which brought victories at the Vuelta a San Juan and Volta ao Algarve, Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s prodigy picked up where he left off five months later and sealed the overall win at the Vuelta a Burgos after an impressive week of racing.

Victorious on stage 3, where he hacked the field to pieces on Picon Blanco, Evenepoel was in pole position to add another trophy to his cabinet, but the final stage was no stroll in the park, with several teams turning on the screw on the ferociously steep Lagunas de Neila. The climb, averaging 9.91% over just 4.8 kilometers, took its toll on many riders, who began losing contact as soon as they hit its torturous gradients.

The stage was properly ignited with three kilometers to go, when a furious pace left only a handful of riders at the front, including Remco Evenepoel. As the gradient stiffened, another selection was made, the Belgian remaining in the lead with just two men for company: Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) and Ivan Sosa (Ineos), with the latter surging clear with 600 meters remaining to take the stage win. Evenepoel was content with pacing himself and dosing his effort carefully, knowing he had enough of a buffer in the GC to secure the overall and become the first Belgian winner of the Spanish race, which was created in 1946.

“Mission accomplished! The climb was really hard and didn’t quite advantage me, but I managed to distance many of the GC guys and keep the others in my vision. I had to suffer, I had to ride hard, but it’s been a very good day. I couldn’t be happier with this win, my seventh of the season”, said after his imperious performance Evenepoel, who is quickly establishing himself as one of the world’s foremost stage racers.

“It’s a success that was possible thanks to a great team, who rode at all times at the front and protected me. It’s my first time in Burgos, it’s my first race since February and everything turned out well. Three stage races, three victories, it’s a perfect season so far for me! Now I’m looking forward to next week’s Tour de Pologne, a race which I’m excited to discover.”

In addition to his GC triumph, Remco took home also the best young rider jersey, with an impressive margin over the second-placed rider in the classification. He was joined on the final podium by teammate João Almeida. The Portuguese was the revelation of Vuelta a Burgos, podiuming on the opening day and finishing ahead of more seasoned riders on the two brutal mountain finishes, this remarkable consistency netting his best ever pro result.

“I felt very good today and throughout the entire week and I am very happy with my effort and the team’s. Burgos was a very hard race with a stellar field and getting third on the general classification is amazing! It’s great to be back to racing, we showed everyone this week that we’re a real team and a real family, and this result boosts my confidence ahead of the next races”, added the young Portuguese, who concluded on the podium just a few days before turning 22.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
3:47:56
2 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:09
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:11
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:38
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:43
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:44
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:58
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
1:02
9 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:10
10 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
1:12
39 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:04
70 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:40
121 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:27
124 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:14:42
2 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:30
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
4 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
1:26
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:40
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
1:58
7 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
2:25
8 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
2:34
9 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
2:36
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
3:00
34 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:59
57 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:50
90 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:03
108 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47:33
113 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:43
1 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
48 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46 pt
4 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
5 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
40 pt
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
27 pt
7 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
26 pt
8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
23 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:14:42
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
3 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
3:37
4 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4:11
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
5:41
6 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
5:47
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
6:30
8 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
6:31
9 Urko Berrade Fernandez
Equipo Kern Pharma
6:36
10 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
6:44
15 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:59
1 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
46 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
32 pt
4 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
26 pt
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
7 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
21 pt
8 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
18 pt
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
12 pt
10 Diego Pablo Sevilla López
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
12 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 57:52:38
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:03
3 Astana Pro Team 6:31
4 Team INEOS 7:12
5 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 9:27
6 Equipo Kern Pharma 13:39
7 BORA - hansgrohe 14:24
8 Bahrain - McLaren 15:52
9 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 19:14
10 Team Jumbo-Visma 24:38

Top results

1 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team INEOS
3:47:56
2 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:09
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:11
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