Vuelta Stage Report: Remco Evenepoel put in a stunning time trial ride in Alicante to demolish the competition. The young Belgian beat three-time Vuelta winner, Primoz Roglič by 48 seconds and nearly caught Enric Mas. Evenepoel now leads Roglič by 2:41 and Mas by 3:03.
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Stage 10 time trial
Remco Evenepoel has fulfilled his favourite role on the tenth stage of the Vuelta a España, a relatively flat individual time trial of 30.9 kilometres. The leader of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl set the fastest time and increased his lead in the general classification.
A strorming ride form Remco
Fernando Escartín: “Completely flat individual time trial, spanning over 30 km. The general classification favourites should not have any great difficulties, but other riders with a more pronounced climber profile may struggle. Particular care will have to be taken during the final part, along the Levante coastline, where strong winds may be problematic.”
Stage 10 time trial map & profile
After the second rest day and more than 800 kilometres of travel from Asturias to the Costa Blanca, the Vuelta continued with the tenth stage – a 30.9 kilometre time trial from Elche to Alicante. The route was almost completely flat and made for the real hard riders. It was very important for the pure climbers to limit their losses. The second half of the route largely followed the coastline and the wind from the Mediterranean could play a role there, there was also a small climb shortly before the last kilometre.
One of the early riders – Lionel Taminiaux
The World famous palm trees of Elche
Eight riders didn’t start stage 10: José Herrada (Cofidis), Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers), Jarrad Drizners & Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) and Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar) tested positive for the covid. Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) retired due to illness and Floris De Tier (Alpecin-Deceuninck) due to severe saddle sore. At the last minute Sam Bennett; the winner of the stages in Utrecht and Breda, also had a positive covid test.
Kelland O’Brien (BikeExchange-Jayco) next to the Alicante beach
Chris Froome on his TT
Early leader – Remi Cavagna
Points leader – Mads Pedersen
Spanish TT champ – Raul García Pierna
Lotto Soudal’s Maxim Van Gils making his starting effort
No Vuelta win for Nibali this year
KOM Jay Vine
US TT Champ – Lawson Craddock
Second place on the stage and overall for Primož Roglič
Enric Mas – A good ride (for him), but drops to 3rd overall
A monster ride from Remco Evenepoel
Stage winner, Best Young Rider and overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “48 seconds [on Primoz Roglic]? That’s a big surprise. I saw that my teammate Rémi [Cavagna] did really well. It was perfect that he did such a good time trial for me to know good times. When I was sitting in the bus, I could see that everybody was actually slowing down in the second part compared to his time. I knew I just had to push all the time because it was flat with a super hard finish. And my legs were so heavy on this last climb. It was actually really hard. But it’s super nice to win this time trial in the red jersey. It’s an amazing feeling. I knew it was gonna be a super fast time trial. I’m just so happy to take the stage win. I think I achieved my dream. And now we’re gonna fight and we’re gonna try to win this Vuelta. The pressure is off. I won a stage. Now the whole team is super confident. Everybody is performing so well. Now we just have to fight to keep this jersey and take it home.”
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Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 33:18
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:48
3. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:00
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:22
5. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
6. Lawson Craddock USA) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:37
7. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:42
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:46
9. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 1:47
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:51.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 34:35:50
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:41
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:55
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 4:50
6. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
7. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 6:45
8. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:50
9. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:06
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:37.