Baloise Belgium Tour

Stage 2) Knokke-Heist - Knokke-Heist

BE Belgium Thursday 10 June 2021 11 km

Evenepoel blasts to victory at the Belgium Tour

Evenepoel blasts to victory at the Belgium Tour

Remco Evenepoel tasted victory for the first time since last August, after producing one of the best time trials of his career on the flat and non-technical 11.2km parcours of the Belgium Tour stage 2. As the last rider to roll down the start ramp in Knokke-Heist, the country’s best-known seaside resort, Evenepoel was immediately in an aero tuck position on his Specialized bike and easily found his rhythm, recording the second-fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint.

Using his power to blast around the course, the 21-year-old recovered the deficit and bested by two seconds the time of Yves Lampaert – the provisional leader at that moment – stopping the clock on 12 minutes exactly, after averaging an astonishing 56km/h. The victory, his 15th since turning pro at the beginning of 2019, extended Remco’s lead in the general classification to 45 seconds on the next rider Lampaert, who made a remarkable jump of ten places in the standings after Thursday’s stage.

“I can’t put into words just how happy I am! This winning feeling is something that was missing since last year’s Tour de Pologne and I am relieved that I took the stage today. I went through some difficult months with the rehabilitation, so it feels quite nice to win in this discipline that I love so much and contribute to the team’s superb tally. Everyone here supported and believed in me, and for that I am grateful”, Evenepoel said after the finish.

The Belgian, who also leads the points classification after becoming the tenth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to score a victory this year, continued: “It’s my first win of the season and achieving it on home soil makes it even more special. My only regret is that there wasn’t a way to be two riders on the podium, as Yves was very strong and would have deserved the victory as well. The GC picture looks great at the moment for us, but it’s far from being over, so we’ll continue to remain focused until Sunday.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:00
2 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
3 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:18
4 Rune Herregodts
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:19
5 Frederik Frison
Lotto Soudal
0:19
6 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:21
7 Lasse Norman Hansen
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:21
8 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:24
9 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:25
10 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:26
26 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:42
34 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
36 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:47
50 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:59
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:17:00
2 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Gianni Marchand
Tarteletto - Isorex
0:53
4 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:01
5 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:07
6 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:09
7 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
1:10
8 Oscar Riesebeek
Alpecin-Fenix
1:10
9 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:10
10 Toon Aerts
Baloise - Trek Lions
1:15
47 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:58
51 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:15
52 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:19
53 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:20
110 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:22
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
2 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
30 pt
3 Gianni Marchand
Tarteletto - Isorex
22 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
19 pt
5 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
6 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
17 pt
7 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
8 Toon Aerts
Baloise - Trek Lions
15 pt
9 Rune Herregodts
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
14 pt
10 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
18 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 12:54:18
2 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:27
3 Alpecin-Fenix 0:58
4 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:33
5 Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 3:22
6 Array 4:05
7 Team Arkéa Samsic 4:11
8 Lotto Soudal 4:14
9 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 4:26
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:40

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