Remco Evenepoel won the 77th edition of the Vuelta that ended today in the final stage with his arrival in Madrid, which was surprisingly won by Juan Sebastian Molano.
At 22, the Quick-Step captain is the first Belgian to win one of the great laps.
Drop, get up and start over. Remco Evenepoel, after settling his accounts with the blindfolded goddess to risk his life at Giro di Lombardia 2020, is back and starting to build something important again. Climbing to the top of the 77 / a Vuelta, after the podium in Madrid, the young Belgian must have re-watched the film of the past two years: “Death” and sporting resurrection, the agony and doubts that made him repeatedly stop and also consider retirement. Victory is revenge and liberation: Him and Belgium. For 44 years, in fact, the nation that thrives on cycling hasn’t won a great tour: most recently was Johan de Moynck who won the 1978 Giro d’Italia with the help of Felice Gimondi. Now it was the turn of a 22-year-old Flemish young man who hastily approached Eddie Merckx. After three difficult weeks, Evenbúl took the last runway in Madrid, a 96.7-kilometer stage that begins in Rozas and ten laps of the circuit in the capital.
The final victory went to Colombian Juan Sebastian Molano who surprised everyone in the race, including specialists Mads Pedersen and Pascal Ackermann, who arrived to drive the wheel of his car. “It’s the best day of my life – the hot words of the runner who interrupted the Slovenian hegemony of Primiz Roglic (winner three times in a row) – I think I silenced all criticism. I thought of everyone. The sacrifices It was not easy for me to start over. That collapse in Lombardy and then All efforts to get back to my level.Last year was very difficult: I suffered a lot of criticism, until the last three weeks it was not easy. The pressure was huge. I wanted to get on the podium and win at least one stage, I won the Vuelta title and also in two stages. I was saying it couldn’t have been better.”
Evenepoel had made his own Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, and also proved to be a great classic runner. “I’m 22 and this is my fifth on the bike; the accident has passed now and my condition hasn’t been as perfect as it was on Vuelta night.” Whoever comes out with broken bones from the Spanish race is Roglic, who is implicated in a fall and forced to raise the white flag. The Slovenian, however, was already put on the ropes by the Evenepoel phenomenon. Richard Carapaz, who was also in Spain to win, can be said to be satisfied. The Costa Rican won three superstar stages, and it’s no small consolation. Spaniard Juan Ayuso did a good job as well: he was at Volta to gain experience, even taking the third step on the podium, behind Evenpoel and compatriot Enrique Mas, also at the top. On the other hand, Italian cycling is in pieces: after Vincenzo Nibali (in the last great race of a great career), farewell, and absent Damiano Caruso, he is no longer able to articulate a competitive rider, as has been emphasized. From 36th place / o Edoardo Zambanini.