Volta ao Algarve Cofidis

Stage 5) Lagoa - Lagoa

PT Portugal, Sunday 23 February 2020
20.3 km

Remco Evenepoel seals Volta ao Algarve overall win

Remco Evenepoel seals Volta ao Algarve overall win

Remco Evenepoel demonstrated again not just his knack to thrive under pressure, but also his prowess against the clock, producing a flying ride on his Specialized Shiv over the testing 20.3km up-and-down course around Lagoa, the site of the final Volta ao Algarve day. The last rider to roll down the ramp, Remco bested the reference time at both intermediate checkpoints before stopping the clock in a stunning 24:07, a time ten seconds faster than the benchmark set by the world champion.

For Evenepoel, this was the second individual time trial of the season, after the one in Argentina four weeks ago, and the 20-year-old averaged over 50km/h on Sunday’s stage, putting more than half a minute between him and the two riders who rounded out the overall podium. This incredible display of power and panache secured his third GC triumph since turning pro last year, after those at the Tour of Belgium and Vuelta a San Juan.

The youngest ever winner in the history of the Volta ao Algarve, an eye-catching performance that came after a splendid all-round display throughout the week (which included another victory atop Alto da Foía), Evenepoel was emotional and struggling for words at the finish: “I went full gas today, and by the time I finished I knew the GC was safe, but nobody knew what was the stage result. It was only when Tom told me the result in the radio that I was relieved and could celebrate this win, which was important, as it came against the World ITT Champion and after a hard week of racing, where I went all out on both summit finishes, but also on today’s hard course.”

“What I feel right now? A lot of emotion and happiness, I can tell you that. It’s the perfect way to conclude the race, as I really wanted to wrap up the general classification as a way to say a big thank you to the entire team. They worked a lot for me, were so strong, did a perfect job and showed that incredible all for one, one for all Wolfpack mentality that has become a defining trait of our squad. I am happy I won this beautiful event, a result which only adds to my confidence ahead of the next goals”, concluded the prodigious Belgian, who took home also the best young rider jersey.

Remco Evenepoel wasn’t the only Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to shine under the Portuguese sun this week. Dutch Champion Fabio Jakobsen racked up his second victory of the season in Lagos as well as the points jersey, while João Almeida – who played a key role in the two mountain stages – concluded the race in ninth place, for his first top 10 with the Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:07
2 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
0:10
3 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:19
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:38
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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6 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team INEOS
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7 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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8 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
9 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:47
10 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:48
22 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03
42 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36
50 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
66 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13
79 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:42
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:23:42
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:38
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:39
4 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:56
5 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
1:17
6 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
1:18
7 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
1:26
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
1:31
9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:40
10 Amaro Antunes
W52 / FC Porto
1:57
53 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:24
75 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:09
81 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:52
131 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:07
137 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
43:04
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
2 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
33 pt
3 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
26 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
26 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
6 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
22 pt
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
20 pt
8 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
9 Sacha Modolo
Alpecin-Fenix
20 pt
10 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
16 pt
23 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
34 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:23:42
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:40
3 Ilan Van Wilder
Team Sunweb
3:39
4 Andreas Leknessund
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
3:48
5 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
4:20
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
4:44
7 Torjus Sleen
Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
6:07
8 Juan Fernando Calle Hurtado
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
12:59
9 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
14:14
10 Nicolas Saenz
Efapel
17:50
1 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
17 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
3 Tiago Antunes
Efapel
14 pt
4 João Rodrigues
W52 / FC Porto
10 pt
5 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
10 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
7 Alexander Grigoryev
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
7 pt
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
9 Frederico Figueiredo
Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel
6 pt
10 Michael Schär
CCC Team
6 pt
1 Team INEOS 58:19:43
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:25
3 CCC Team 1:51
4 Astana Pro Team 2:41
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:09
6 Groupama - FDJ 7:25
7 Trek - Segafredo 8:36
8 W52 / FC Porto 10:22
9 Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 12:16
10 Lotto Soudal 13:37

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