The forecasts were fulfilled in the time trial of Alicante and Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step) has reinforced his leadership in La Vuelta 2022 after prevailing with absolute superiority over their rivals.
the belgian runner endorsed 1:51 to Enric Mas (Movistar), whom he was about to double and the one relegated to third place overall, despite the Majorcan’s great start to the stage.
For his part, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) lost 48 seconds to the leader at the finish line and moved up to second place overall, already 2:41 behind the red jersey.
“��VICTORY for Remco Evenepoel who leaves the Vuelta well on its way!! #VueltaRTVE30A
��The Belgian was 200 meters short of lapping Enric Mas who, despite everything, completed his best time in the Vuelta
— Telesport (@telesport) August 30, 2022
Evenepoel and Roglic frustrated the dream of Remy Cavagna (Quick-Step), who kept the best time of the stage until his arrival. His great time, 34:18, was the time to beat for all the favorites of the race, and the young man was about to beat it Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos), who signed a fabulous time trial, arriving only 22 seconds behind Cavagna, in fourth position.
Rodríguez’s time allows him to stay among the best, he is fourth, and with options to fight for the final podium in Madrid, just like a Juan Ayuso who accused his poor health conditions. The Valencian feared suffering from Covid, but the tests ruled it out. However, he was unable to compete in 100% physical condition, finishing seventeenth and falling to sixth place overall, surpassed by Simon Yates (BikeExchange) who set a very good time.
While Remco Evenepoel is determined to ensure that his objective in this Vuelta is to win a stage, Remco Evenepoel insists on contradicting himself when he rides a bicycle. The imposing Belgian took advantage of the only time trial of the Spanish round to achieve his first goal and, incidentally, further space his closest rivals by holding on tightly to the red jersey.
Especially significant are the 48 seconds he has put into Primoz Roglic, an excellent time trialist undefeated so far in La Vuelta who has collided again with the reality that Evenepoel poses for him, whom he sees further and further away. The Belgian, moreover, was about to lap Enric Mas, one of the few who has kept the wheel for him in the high mountains. It was not Mas’s terrain, but the distance continues to increase.
The Vuelta, therefore, becomes even more difficult for Evenepoel. Nothing that was not in the forecasts for this stage, in which the best wishes have been fulfilled for the solid leader of La Vuelta 2022. Ahead awaits the stage with the end in Peñas Blancas on Thursday, and especially, the weekend with La Pandera and Sierra Nevada, as new hot spots to test the hitherto untouchable Evenepoel.