ESTEPONA, Spain. Remco Evenepoel, with bruises and cuts showing through a large gash on the side of his shorts, got back on his bike and quickly joined the peloton.
It was pure fear for the young Belgian rider, who fought the fall with about 45 kilometers (28 miles) to go on stage 12 of the Spanish Vuelta to maintain his overall lead in the second half of the year’s Grand Tour final race. .
Olympic champion Richard Carapaz won the stage by dominating the final climb to earn his first win at the Vuelta. A rider from the Ineos Grenadiers team hit the handlebars of his bike a couple of times to celebrate his fourth Grand Tour victory.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia champion launched his attack with about two kilometers (1.2 miles) to go and became the first Ecuadorian to win a stage in the Vuelta.
“Now we are focused on trying to win the stage and I am very happy with that,” said Carapaz, 29. “I knew I had one move left and I made the most of it. I’m very happy. I should enjoy it.”
Vilko Kelderman was second at the end of the stage, nine seconds behind Carapaz, and Marc Soler was third, 24 seconds behind the leader.
After changing bikes, Evenepoel complained to race officials about some of the bikes that were in front of him before he crashed.
“It’s just my leg, but I think it’s okay. My bike is much worse than myself,” said a 22-year-old rider from the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team after the race. “It was a very slippery corner. The bikes were slipping and slowing down too, so I wanted to cut a corner, but it was too much.”
Evenepola showed no signs of being bothered by an injury to his right leg after the fall, and he successfully fended off breakaway attempts from his nearest rival, three-time defending champion Primož Roglic.
“I felt good on the rise. I knew it was a climb that you just had to follow, and in the last hundred meters I just gave it my all, because I felt that I still had something left, ”Evenepul said. “It was a good feeling, that’s what’s important. With the exception of the accident, this was exactly the scenario we wanted. Everyone was strong. Now I need to heal my wounds and try to recover tomorrow as it will be a sprint stage.”
Evenepool retained a 2:41 lead over Roglic overall and over three minutes ahead of Enric Mas.
Evenepoel has been holding the leader’s red jersey since the sixth stage.
Riders will face a predominantly flat Stage 13 from Ronda to Montilla in southern Spain.
WOLLONGONG, Australia. Søren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships the day after Tobias Voss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.
Warenskiöld won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championship with a dominant result. He showed 34 minutes 13.40 seconds over a distance of 28.8 km, ahead of the Belgian Alec Segart by 16.34 seconds.
British rider Leo Hayter, younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds behind the racer’s pace to take the bronze medal.
Foss beat the strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.
Norway has two gold medals and Dutch Ellen van Dijk beat Australia’s Grace Brown to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.
The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with women’s road races on Saturday and men’s road races on Sunday.
WOLLONGONG, Australia. Ellen van Dijk defended her title and took her third gold medal in the women’s time trial at the opening of the Road Cycling World Championships on Sunday.
Taking advantage of the technical track, the Dutch star maintained a perfect pace to pass Australia’s Grace Brown by 12.79 seconds to defend gold in the time trial she won last year. Bronze went to Swiss Marlene Reusser.
Local favorite Brown was an early starter and had a brilliant time on the 34.2 km (21.3 miles) circuit in the picturesque waterfront city center of Wollongong, south of Sydney.
No one on the 45-man team could come close to Brown’s time of 44m41.33s until the last pairing of van Dijk and Reusser, who won silver at last year’s World Championships in Belgium, had better results on the first check.
Reusser then beat Brown’s time by over 41 seconds, but van Dijk earned her third gold medal with a time of 44:28.60.
Olympic time trial champion and two-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk.
Later on Sunday, Vuelta a España winner Remco Evenepoel of Belgium, two-time world champion Filippo Ganna of Italy and two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia will headline the men’s event.
Other big races are the mixed time trial relay on Wednesday and the women’s road race next Saturday before the men’s race on Sunday’s closing day, where local star and Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley races against the clock to recover from COVID-19 to take his place in the race.