ALICANTE, Spain. Remco Evenepoel came to the Spanish Vuelta with the goal of winning the stage.
He did it in style and now also sees himself in a position to take the title of general classification.
The Belgian rider from Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl took an impressive time trial victory at Stage 10 in Alicante, extending his overall lead.
“It’s very nice to win this time trial in the red jersey,” said Evenepoel, 22. “It’s an amazing feeling. I think I achieved my dream.”
Evenepul was 48 seconds faster than second-placed Primož Roglic and overall outpaced the three-time defending champion by up to 2 minutes 41 seconds with 11 stages to go.
“It’s a big surprise,” Evenepoel said when told of his lagging behind Jumbo-Visma. “Now we will fight and try to win this Vuelta. The pressure is off. I won the stage. Now the whole team is super confident. Everyone is performing so well. Now we just have to fight to keep this jersey and take it home.”
Evenepool is the first driver to beat Roglic in an individual time trial at the Vuelta. He is also the first Belgian to win the individual time trial at the Vuelta since Fons de Wolf at Valladolid in 1979.
Enric Mas, the Spaniard from Team Movistar, fell from second to third overall, more than three minutes off the lead. His fellow Spaniard Carlos Rodriguez was almost four minutes behind Evenepol, finishing in fourth place.
Racers will face a flat 11 stage that will favor the sprinters.
Nearly two dozen riders have had to withdraw from the race due to positive coronavirus tests, including Sam Bennett, a two-time stage winner this year.
The rest day came in handy for the Astana racer Alexei Lutsenko, who took advantage of the day off to be with his wife in connection with the birth of his son.
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.