Remco Evenepoel steals the present on stage three of Vuelta a Burgos 2020 with victory on Picón Blanco


The primary main mountain stage because the restart of the season was what stood in the way in which of the Vuelta a Burgos 2020 peloton on stage two and it was 20-year-old Remco Evenepoel who stamped his dominance on the race.

In one other day largely formed by the wind, it was maybe inevitable {that a} Belgian would thrive with some riders affected by their efforts within the earlier echelons.

There have been loads of names to consider on the ultimate climb – Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) was most individuals’s favorite as a former winner on the climb.

Different huge names have been Richard Carapaz (Workforce Ineos), teammate Ivan Sosa, Ajejandro Valverde (Movistar Workforce) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) amongst many others.

Nevertheless it was Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Fast-Step) who smashed his rivals on the ultimate climb to take victory and transfer into the general lead.

The way it occurred

The stage started in Sargentes de la Lora and the riders took on an up-and-down day of 150km that includes 4 class three climbs earlier than ending on the past categorisation climb of Picón Blanco.

A big break of 9 riders went up the highway firstly of the day and obtained a spot as giant as six and a half minutes.

Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Nikita Stalnov (Astana), Joel Nicolau (Caja Rural), Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH), Juan Felipe Osorio (Burgos-BH), Marton Dina (Kometa-Xstra Biking Workforce), Roger Adrià (Equipo Kern Pharma), Kiko Galván (Equipo Kern Pharma) and king of the mountains Gotzon Martin (Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi) made up the transfer as wind started to trigger absolute havoc.

Bora-Hansgrohe and Workforce Ineos took the race by the scruff of the neck with 60km to go and destroyed the peloton with solely riders from these two groups making the lead group.

It didn’t go fully to plan for Ineos, as defending champion Ivan Sosa was unable to stick with his teammates and the Bora riders, together with race chief Felix Großschartner.

Behind the chase group was breaking down into a number of teams starting from ten to 30 riders. However groups behind managed to get collectively and drag these riders again with 40km to go and because the race snaked into the forests and nearer to the mountains, the peloton got here again collectively.

The most important names that took a very long time to rejoin the peloton have been Sosa and David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ.

Groups Jumbo Visma and Ineos had management of the peloton with Roger Adria (Equipo Kern Pharma) going solo up the highway and dragging his benefit as much as above three minutes 40 seconds with 11km to go.

Adria hit the bottom of the climb with three minutes however the tempo behind was fast and Ineos, Trek-Segafredo and Movistar upped the tempo but once more.

It was a relaxed begin to the climb with only one assault by two time Tour of Austria winner and new father, Ben Hermans (Israel Begin-Up Nation), going up the highway with 6km to go, however was introduced again a few kilometres later.

The primary shock was that Richard Carapaz was the rider that was engaged on the entrance for Ineos, Dunbar and Sosa have been nonetheless sat within the peloton.

However then, Ineos’s plans gave the impression to be in bother as Sosa misplaced contact with the peloton when Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) turned the tempo up a notch. This additionally put race chief, Felix Großschartner out of the again and in bother. Carapaz then sat in and adopted the wheels.

With 5km to go, Roger Adria nonetheless had two minutes on the favourites however began to look as if he was on his restrict as Mitchelton-Scott began controlling the tempo once more.

The climb didn’t convey the assaults we have been anticipating, however somewhat huge names out of the again. Alejandro Valverde was a type of riders struggling.

The primary of the favourites to assault was Colombian, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), solely George Bennett (Workforce Jumbo Visma) and Evenepoel might observe the preliminary transfer,.

Mikel Landa and Evenepoel’s teammate, João Almeida simply obtained again as Chaves kicked once more and took the identical two riders as earlier than.

As they caught Adria with 2km to go, Evenepoel took off and went solo to attempt to take an incredible stage win on the Picón Blanco.

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The European time trial champion stayed seated and simply powered away from his rivals, who had no response to the superb energy put out by the younger Belgian.

Evenepoel took the stage and the general lead with a cushty 18-second margin to second place Bennett, who had gapped Chaves.

Rising star Evenepoel now leads the race total by 18 seconds forward of Bennett.


Vuelta a Burgos 2020, stage three: Sargentes de la Lora – Picón Blanco (150km)

1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, in 3-59-09
2. George Bennett (Nzl) Jumbo Visma, at 18s
3. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 32s
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott, at 35s
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, at 45s
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Begin-Up Nation, at 52s
7. Richard Carapaz (Eu) Workforce Ineos, at identical time
8. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates, at 1-03m
9. Joel Nicolau (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, at 1-20m
10. Mikel Nieve (Esp) Mitchelton-Scott, at identical time

Common classification

1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, in 11-35-16
2. George Bennett (Nzl) Jumbo Visma, at 18s
3. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 32s
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott, at 35s
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, at 45s
6. Richard Carapaz (Eu) Workforce Ineos, at 52s
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Begin-Up Nations, at identical time
8. Febio Aru (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates, at 1-03m
9. David De La Cruz (Esp) UAE Workforce Emirates, at 1-33m
10. Mikel Nieve (Esp) Mitchelton-Scott, at identical time


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