Volta ao Algarve Cofidis

Stage 2) Sagres, Vila do Bisto - Alto da Foia, Monchique

PT Portugal, Thursday 20 February 2020
183.9 km

Evenepoel achieves another milestone

Evenepoel achieves another milestone

Remco Evenepoel continued his exceptional start to the season Thursday afternoon, when he capitalised on João Almeida’s tremendous work and stunned his rivals on Alto da Foía, where he surged to victory in spectacular fashion and took not just the stage (making it two in a row for Deceuninck – Quick-Step in Algarve), but also the yellow jersey.

As expected, despite some skirmishes on the penultimate ascent, stage 2 came down to the final kilometer, where Evenepoel launched a perfectly timed and perfectly executed attack at 500 meters to go, a fantastic acceleration which saw him zip clear of the reduced bunch that up until that point had been kept together by Almeida. The Portuguese’s superb effort was instrumental, the fierce tempo he laid down preventing attacks and allowing Remco to dose his effort carefully on the 7.5km climb before emerging from the group at a speed that would have made the famous Road Runner envious.

In an instant, a gap opened and the 20-year-old Belgian put his climbing prowess on display, with the finish line getting closer and closer as he stomped on the pedals. Not even a late acceleration of Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) or the strong headwind in the closing 100 meters could stop Remco, who pumped the air as he became one of the youngest ever stage winners in the history of the Volta ao Algarve.

This spectacular victory moved Evenepoel into the yellow jersey, which was sported Thursday by teammate Fabio Jakobsen (who’ll now sport the points jersey), and served as proof that he kept the momentum going after his overall triumph at the Vuelta a San Juan: “Yesterday, when we discussed the tactics, we agreed that we should remain attentive and do our race, and the team did an extraordinary job the entire day, working for me and keeping me out of the wind. During the stage I had good sensations in the legs and I said to myself that I would try something in the final kilometer.”

“For that reason, when one guy attacked, I asked João to bring him back and keep the pace high. Then, with 500 meters to go, I went full gas and managed to keep the chasers at bay despite the strong headwind in the final 100 meters. I surprised myself today, because I worked a lot on my acceleration, and to see the progress I’ve made with the help of the team is really great. I’m happy the yellow jersey remained in the team and we’ll try to keep it here, although we know many challenges still lie ahead”, added the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, who holds the lead also in the mountain classification.

But it was more than just celebrating this unforgettable moment for Remco Evenepoel, as he dedicated the win to countryman Nikolas Maes, who is going through a difficult moment “There are more important things in life than winning a bike race and that’s why my thoughts are with him and his family. My victory is for them, and also for my family and girlfriend, who are always there for me and show me how important is to have your loved ones by your side.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:46:38
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
3 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:02
4 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
5 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
,,
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:05
7 Frederico Figueiredo
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
0:08
8 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
,,
9 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
,,
10 Amaro Antunes
W52 / FC Porto
,,
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:17
60 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:37
92 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
112 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
152 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
156 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:42:15
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
3 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:02
4 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
,,
5 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
,,
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:05
7 Amaro Antunes
W52 / FC Porto
0:08
8 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
,,
9 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
,,
10 Frederico Figueiredo
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
,,
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:17
59 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:37
96 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
108 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
127 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
134 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:40
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
16 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
5 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
13 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
7 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
8 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
10 pt
9 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
10 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
8 pt
18 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
26 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:42:15
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:17
3 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
1:19
4 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
1:35
5 Andreas Leknessund
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
2:01
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Team Sunweb
2:05
7 Torjus Sleen
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
2:54
8 Nicolas Saenz
Efapel
4:13
9 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
4:52
10 Juan Fernando Calle Hurtado
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
5:49
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
3 Frederico Figueiredo
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
6 pt
4 Michael Schär
CCC Team
6 pt
5 Diego Lopez Fuentes
Fundación - Orbea
6 pt
6 Alvaro Trueba
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
6 pt
7 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
6 pt
8 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
6 pt
9 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
4 pt
10 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
4 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 29:08:42
2 Team INEOS 0:34
3 CCC Team 1:44
4 UAE-Team Emirates 2:15
5 Trek - Segafredo 3:36
6 Groupama - FDJ 3:51
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:57
8 Lotto Soudal 6:57
9 W52 / FC Porto 7:16
10 Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 7:30

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