La Vuelta 2023: Remco Evenepoel signs the triplet in Stage 18 | Video
The Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick Step) once again gave another lesson in pride and ambition alone for sign the treble in the eighteenth stage of La Vuelta a España 2023, disputed between Pola de Allande and the top of the Cruz de Linares, of 178.9 kilometers, the last appointment with the mountain, in which the American came out reinforced with the red Sepp Kuss (Jumbo Visma).
Third victory for him defending champion in the Vuelta and nothing less than number 50 as a professional. Evenepoel does not want to go unnoticed by his champion breed and debuted with exhibition, alone, in his style, the summit of La Cruz de Linares, where the 23-year-old cyclist from Aalst entered as the winner and the jmountain ersey assured.
Evenepoel broke the finish line with a time of 4:47:37 hoursat an average of 36.8 km/hourfollowed by Italian Damiano Caruso at 4.44 minutes and from the Dane Andreas Kron at 5.10.
The favorites signed a draw, non-aggression pact. Jumbo Visma respected and successfully defended Kuss's red, one step away from succeeding Evenepoel in the Vuelta record.
No differences between the men in the general classification in the last mountain event. They all arrived together at 9.29 from Remco. Just highlight that Jonas Vingegaard let himself go at the end and he gave up 9 inconsequential seconds, like the 3 he left Landa.
Kuss can be considered the virtual winner of the Vueltain the absence of the “classic” of the Sierra de Madrid. The podium is still one hundred percent yellow. The American is followed by Vingegaard at 17 seconds and Primoz Roglic third at 1.08. Juan Ayuso leads the Spanish trio, fourth, Landa is fifth at 4.19 and Enric Mas sixth at 4.30.
“We have to wait, it is a step forward to achieve the red. Thanks to my colleagues for helping me. “We are happy with the overall result, we ran more defensively,” said Kuss at the finish line.
This Friday the nineteenth stage of the Vuelta will be held between La Bañeza and Ìscar, of 177.1 km. a clear opportunity for sprinters, the penultimate before the arrival on Sunday at Madrid.
(With information from EFE)
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