Remco Evenepoel's mixed performance in Vuelta a España stage 10 raises questions about his race strategy
Posted : 06 September 2023
Remco Evenepoel, the Soudal Quick-Step rider, had a somewhat underwhelming performance in Stage 10 of the Vuelta a España, which was an individual time trial. He finished second in this stage, trailing behind Filippo Ganna from INEOS Grenadiers. Despite his strong efforts, Evenepoel fell short of taking the race lead, which many had expected him to seize. Daniel Lloyd, speaking on The Breakaway, discussed what appeared to be a missed opportunity for Evenepoel.
Evenepoel finished the time trial 16 seconds behind the stage winner, Filippo Ganna. This result allowed Sepp Kuss to retain the red jersey with a narrow 26-second lead over Evenepoel. Despite his slightly disappointing performance, Evenepoel maintained an optimistic outlook, noting that he had faced difficulties during the time trial, which likely contributed to his time gap.
In his post-stage comments, Evenepoel expressed satisfaction with the overall situation. He highlighted Ganna's impressive performance and mentioned the satisfaction of having already secured a stage win. Evenepoel also acknowledged the significance of the GC gaps created during the time trial and praised Sepp Kuss for his strong performance.
Daniel Lloyd, however, suggested that Evenepoel might look back at this stage as a missed opportunity. Even though he was content with the GC results, Evenepoel likely hoped to extend his lead over his Team Jumbo-Visma rivals, particularly Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard. Roglic's solid third-place finish in the time trial reduced the time gap, and Evenepoel would have aimed for a more substantial advantage.
While Evenepoel gained a minute on Jonas Vingegaard, one Jumbo-Visma rider, Sepp Kuss, remained ahead of him. With the high mountains still to come, Vingegaard's strength in these terrains posed a challenge for Evenepoel. Despite the positives in his performance, Evenepoel found himself in a tricky situation with the race far from over.
Stage 10 of the Vuelta a España provided a mix of satisfaction and missed opportunities for Remco Evenepoel as he sought to secure his position in the race.