Remco Evenepoel racks up his eleventh red jersey.

The first of the six stages scheduled on the third week of the race got underway from Sanlucar de Barrameda, the town where exactly five hundred years ago Juan Sebastian Elcano became the first man to circumnavigate the earth after taking charge of Fernando Magellan’s expedition that had started three years before.

The peloton was less interested in the historical side of the stage and more in the finish in Tomares, a suburb of Sevilla, the city of Diego Velasquez and Juan Belmonte, among others. Those who targeted the victory knew that Tuesday afternoon it would be only about the closing kilometers, which featured two roundabouts and averaged 2.1%, thus favouring also the punchers, not just the sprinters.

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl guided again overall leader Remco Evenepoel through the hectic finale, making sure he would arrive home safe and sound, but it wasn’t quite as straightforward as our rider had hoped it would be. The 22-year-old punctured in the last three kilometers and had to wait for the team car, from where he got a new bike and continued to the finish, where he was given the same time as the peloton.

“I knew I had a puncture because I realized I couldn’t ride my bike properly. I had no idea how far from the finish we were, but they told me in the radio that I was inside the last three kilometers, so there was no reason to panic. It’s a pity, because I wanted to go for the stage win, but at the end of the day I can be content with things”, said the first Belgian in the last 45 years to lead the Vuelta a España for eleven consecutive days.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
4:45:29
2 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
3 Danny van Poppel
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
5 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
6 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:08
7 Cedric Beullens
Lotto Soudal
0:08
8 Clément Russo
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:08
9 Jesús Ezquerra Muela
Burgos - BH
0:08
10 Julius van den Berg
EF Education - EasyPost
0:08
60 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:43
88 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:57
97 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:08
98 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:10
99 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:10
107 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:43
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
61:26:26
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
1:26
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:01
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:49
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
5:16
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
5:24
7 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:00
8 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
7:05
9 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
8:57
10 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
11:36
43 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:18:46
59 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:52:13
63 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:55:13
109 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:56:55
112 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:01:11
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
349 pt
2 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
129 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
107 pt
4 Samuele Battistella
Astana Qazaqstan Team
105 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
100 pt
6 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
99 pt
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
88 pt
8 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
86 pt
9 Danny van Poppel
BORA - hansgrohe
72 pt
10 Jay Vine
Alpecin - Deceuninck
62 pt
25 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36 pt
65 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
1 Jay Vine
Alpecin - Deceuninck
59 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
3 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
22 pt
4 Robert Stannard
Alpecin - Deceuninck
21 pt
5 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
20 pt
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
19 pt
7 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin - Deceuninck
17 pt
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Qazaqstan Team
16 pt
9 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
10 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
15 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9 pt
24 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
61:26:26
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
4:49
3 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
5:16
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
7:00
5 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
7:05
6 José Félix Parra Cuerda
Equipo Kern Pharma
43:08
7 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
45:14
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
49:35
9 Edoardo Zambanini
Bahrain - Victorious
59:06
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
1:11:54
12 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:18:46
1 UAE Team Emirates 183:34:41
2 INEOS Grenadiers 32:02
3 Astana Qazaqstan Team 43:56
4 BORA - hansgrohe 52:47
5 Movistar Team 53:38
6 Bahrain - Victorious 1:01:50
7 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:02:02
8 EF Education - EasyPost 1:23:45
9 Jumbo-Visma 1:24:08
10 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 2:03:08

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