Bissegger, new leader of the Benelux Tour

The Swiss cyclist, belonging to EF Education, has become the new leader of the Benelux Tour by winning the second stage time.


The Swiss Stefan Bissegger, an EF Education rider, became the new leader of the Benelux Tour, after winning this Tuesday in the second stage, an 11.1-kilometer time trial starting and finishing in the Dutch town of Lelystad.

Bissegger, who invested a time of 12:08 minutes, beat Italian Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) by 15 seconds, second, and by 20 seconds his compatriot Stefan Küng (Grouopama-FDJ), third on the stage.

One place further back, in fourth position, the Danish Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who won this Tour of Flanders course, finished 21 seconds behind the winner, who climbed to second place in the general standings 19 seconds behind the Swiss Bissegger .

Much worse was the day for his teammate, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel, one of the top favorites to the final triumph, who, ill, could only be eighteenth on the stage 39 seconds behind the winner. "I was sick this morning and I could not eat anything until an hour before the race, so it was not an ideal preparation. At four kilometers I already felt that I had no strength in my legs," Evenepoel said after the test in statements collected by the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

In fact, Remco Evenepoel, who is in 37th place in the general standings at 1:36 minutes from the Swiss Stefan Bissegger, did not rule out the possibility of abandoning the test if he does not improve in the next few hours. "We will see how it evolves. If things do not improve, I really do not want to continue. I hope I can eat something tonight, otherwise, perhaps it is better to recover at home," said Evenepoel, who was already affected in the first stage by a breakdown mechanical.

For his part, the Spanish Iván García Cortina (Movistar), concluded the stage 1:22 minutes behind the winner, which relegated the Asturian rider to 74th place in the general classification, 2:19 minutes behind the leader of the test.

A difference that the Spanish rider will try to reduce in the third stage of the Benelux Tour, which runs through Belgium and the Netherlands, which will be held this Wednesday between the Belgian towns of Essen and the Dutch town of Hoogerheide with a route of 168.3 kilometers .

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