Belgium’s budding star rider Remco Evenepoel sealed victory at the Volta ao Algarve cycling race on Sunday (February 23).
The 20-year-old was the favourite going into the final time trial, which he won with a 10-second lead over Austria’s Rohan Dennis and 38 seconds ahead of Germany’s Max Schachmann, who finished second overall behind Evenepoel.
“I gave my all from the start. It was 20 kilometres of effort, but knowing the route, I knew beforehand the points during which I could recover. My technique with the time trial bike is quite good and I risked a lot on the curves, the course was very technical. As my teammate Yves Lampaert told me, it was also windier than last year,” he said, adding that the experience of racing in the Algarve was one to remember.
“I enjoyed racing in the Algarve, the weather is pleasant, the roads are excellent and we still had two important days of effort in the mountain,” Evenepoel added.
Colombian rider Miguel Ángel López finished third in the general standings, 39 seconds behind Remco Evenepoel and 17 seconds ahead of Portugal’s star cyclist Rui Costa.
Tim Wellens, Simon Feschke, Lennard Kämna, Bauke Mollema, João Almeida and Amaro Antunes completed the top 10.
The 46th Volta ao Algarve is one of the region’s biggest sporting events and took place between Wednesday and Sunday, bringing several of the world’s top cyclists to the Algarve.
Here are the top 10 standings from the final stage:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, in 24m07s
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos, + 10 seconds
3. Stefan Küng (Sui) Groupama-FDJ, + 19s
4. Max Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, + 38s
5. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana
6. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos
7. Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC, all at same time
8. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, +46s
9. Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation, + 47s
10. Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation, + 48s
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, in 19h23m42s
2. Max Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, + 38 seconds
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, + 39s
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, + 56s
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, + 1m17s
6. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC, at +1m18s
7. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, + 1m26s
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, + 1m31s
9. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, + 1m40s
10. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52 / FC Porto, + 1m57s