Evenepoel is left over

The Belgian prevailed over all climbers and wrote his name on the Burgos colossus to position himself as the new leader. Mikel Landa was third and Movistar punctured.


Remco Evenepoel is unstoppable. He is 20 years old but in his second season as a professional he has already shown that he is capable of shining on all terrains, as he demonstrated this Thursday at Picón Blanco. The Deceuninck, who will debut this season in a big one at the Giro, was the strongest in the Burgos colossus, where he beat some of the best climbers in the bunch with amazing authority. He entered the finish line shaking his shoulder, another feat for a cyclist who, due to conditions and self-confidence, seems called to mark an era. On arrival, he put 18 seconds to Bennett, 32 to Mikel Landa, 35 to Chaves, 52 to Carapaz ... and he donned the leader's jersey on a day in which the Movistar were far from important positions (Valverde, the best from blues to 2:19) .

For the fourth time in the history of the Vuelta a Burgos, the Picón Blanco decided one of the great stages planned for the week, the first with a special category port since the elite men's cycling returned. 7.8 kilometers at 9.3% slope. Some ramps that added to the wear and tear of a frenetic day, with the wind taking its toll and the Ineos and Bora forming a fan that caused even more tension on the approach to the final port.

Ahead, the day trip consisted of nine runners, but the main protagonist was Roger Adriá. The young man from Barcelona at Kern Pharma, 22 years old, was the last survivor and even dreamed of the stage triumph, since he started the climb with 3:30 rent. Halfway through the climb, until today the race leader, Félix Grossschartner, was off the hook. Also the representatives of Movistar, who had already been surprised in the cuts by air, and who could not be among the best in the final ascent.

The group had already been selected a lot when Chaves tried it four kilometers from the finish line. The Colombian from Mitchelton started up to two times and his attack could only be answered by Evenepoel, Bennett and a Carapaz that was beginning to suffer. However, just as Adriá's adventure ended 2 kilometers from the finish, Evenepoel decided to play his cards and speed up the pace until he got his rivals on point. One more conquest for this Belgian who has accumulated 11 victories in little more than a season and, above all, no one dares to limit him.

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