The leader of the Vuelta a Espana, the Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), stated this Tuesday that “the pressure has already disappeared” after conquering the tenth stage of the Spanish round, a time trial over 30.9 kilometers with start in Elche and finish in Alicante.
“It’s a big surprise!” Evenepoel acknowledged when asked about the 48-second lead over Primoz Roglic, achieved on Tuesday. In total, it is at 2:41. “I saw that my teammate Remi (Cavagna) did very well, it was perfect that he did such a good time trial so that I had good references”, he acknowledged.
“When I was still on the bus, I saw that everyone was losing in the second part compared to their reference, so I knew that I had to push all the time, because it was a flat course with a hard finish. My legs hurt on that last climb, it was hard”, he added about the tenth stage of La Vuelta.
In addition, Evenepoel pointed out that it is “very nice to win this time trial wearing the leader, it is a great feeling”. “I am very happy to achieve the stage victory. I have achieved my dream, and now we are going to fight and try to win this Vuelta. The pressure has already disappeared, I have already won a stage. The whole team is very confident and performing very well . and we are going to fight”, sentenced the Belgian.
Source: Europa Press