Remco Evenepoel is exhibited again in Belgium

The Deceuninck Quick-Step rider was the main protagonist of the first stage of the Tour of Belgium, where Robbe Ghys beat the sprint although he managed to take the lead.


Remco Evenepoel has shown in the first stage of the Tour of Belgium 2021 that he is ready to star in the peloton again exhibitions after his gray return in the Giro d'Italia, where he had to leave after a fall in what was his return to competition after his serious accident at the Giro de Lombardia.

The Belgian Deceuninck Quick-Step cyclist was the great protagonist of the day after his attack in the last 20 kilometers after the great work of his team and, although he could not finish his exhibition with a stage victory that was for Robbe Ghys, yes he managed to position himself as the first leader of the general classification thanks to the bonuses.

The flight formed by Thijs Aerts, Robbe Ghys, Youri Havik, Gianni Marchand, Arne Marti, Julien Van den Brande, Jan-Willem van Schip and Tom Wirtgen was the protagonist of the initial section of the stage until the Deceuninck took the weight of the peloton 80 kilometers from the finish line and when Yves Lampaert entered the relay, the peloton began to cut.It was then that Remco Evenepoel jumped 20 kilometers from the end and managed to hunt down the survivors of the escape. With Evenepoel's own work on the climb to Berg Ten Houte, the breakaway managed to extend its lead over the chasing group to around 30-40 seconds and Evenepoel added nine bonus seconds on the Golden Kilometer located 12 kilometers from the finish line while his teammates controlled the attempted attacks in the platoon.

The pace of Evenepoel in the lead could only be followed by Robbe Ghys and Gianni Marchand, who contested the stage win with the young Deceuninck Quick-Step rider on a finish in Maarkedal in which Ghys claimed victory ahead of Evenepoel, who thanks to the bonuses in the special sprint managed to become the first leader of the race.

In statements collected by the team, Evenepoel himself valued his performance in this first stage. "It has been a very hot and very tough stage, with some very nervous laps where the race has picked up and where you didn't have a moment of respite. The team did a great job and I am very grateful for that, since we were at the The right place and time. When we saw that they were making holes and that others were suffering, we decided to do something, so I attacked and it went well. My goal was to win as much time as possible with the pursuers and I can be happy with the result, it is a great start for us. " The best level of Remco Evenepoel has returned in Belgium and hopefully it will stay.Classification of the first stage of the Tour de Belgium

1. Robbe Ghys (Sport-Vlaanderen - Baloise) 4: 05: 15

2. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck Quick-Step) mt

. Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex) mt

4. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) at 0: 28

5. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) mt

General classification after the first stage of the Tour of Belgium

1. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck Quick-Step) 4: 05: 00

2. Robbe Ghys (Sport-Vlaanderen - Baloise) at 0: 05

. Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex) at 0: 08

4. Dimitri Claeys (Qhubeka-Assos) at 0: 41

5. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) at 0: 43

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