Remco Evenepoel: If you don't try, you don't win, so today I tried
Jul 31 2020 03:34 am CET

Remco Evenepoel: If you don't try, you don't win, so today I tried
Remco Evenepoel: If you don't try, you don't win, so today I tried

A late strong move has given Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) the victory of the queen stage at the Vuelta a Burgos.

After a heavy stage, which did not only have several challenging climbs but was also affected by heavy winds, Evenepoel was part of a selected group that tackled the last ascent of the day. As the ramps went by, the Belgian rider followed an attack by Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and soon kept going strong while his companions couldn't hold to his wheel.

The rider crossed the finish line by himself and also took the lead of the General Classification of the race. "First and foremost, I want to thank the team, because this win wouldn't have been possible without them," said Evenepoel at the end of the stage. "They helped me in the echelons, rallied around me and kept me out of the wind, and this victory is my way of thanking them for their amazing work. I was confident in the guys, they had confidence in me, and you could see that in today's result. Winning again after so many months feels great and doing it on the new Specialized Tarmac SL 7 makes it even more special.

"The pace was very high, but when an attack came with two kilometres to go, I decided to jump as I noticed that many riders were on their limit. It wasn't easy, but if you don't try, you don't win, so today I tried. When I saw the gap kept growing, I pushed and pushed and went flat out, even though there was a really strong headwind in the last kilometre.

"To take both the stage and the leader's jersey is amazing, and we'll try and keep it until the end, but we won't rest on our laurels. The race isn't in the pocket yet, as there are still two stages left, including a hard mountain one, but we'll continue to give everything. We are in good form after our Val di Fassa training camp, which really helped us gear up for the restart of the season, and hopefully we'll rack up some more nice results in Spain."



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