Remco Evenepoel expressed some disappointment after losing Itzulia Basque Country to Daniel Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers) on the final day of racing at the six-day event. The QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider started stage 6 in the overall lead but was distanced on the finale Usartza climb into Arrate.
"I dropped back, and there are no regrets. We had to chase back. What can I say? I tried everything to come back, also when the guys started to attack. I only dropped when I attacked, and then the gap remained the same. It was not a bad day. It was just that some percentages to be up there with the best, fight with the best, and keep attacking – I missed that today. It’s a bit sad to miss the podium by seconds." Remco Evenepoel said in a post-race interview.
The Belgian had a strong showing from the start of Itzulia Basque Country , placing second to Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the opening time trial in Hondarribia. He maintained his second place in the overall classification until stage 5 in Mallabia where he finished third and moved into the leader’s jersey.
He started the final stage 6 in the lead with just two seconds ahead of Martinez and 20 seconds ahead of Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), 21 seconds ahead of Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) and 22 seconds ahead of Alexksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansrgohe).
Evenepoel was forced to close down several threatening gaps in the race’s final third that opened over the Gorla and the Urkaregi climbs. He used his […]