Remco Evenepoel had a relatively quiet day in the Vuelta. The leader saw the sprinter teams take the chestnuts out of the fire and Kaden Groves sprint to stage win. But along the way, his luxury servant Julian Alaphilippe literally fell away. A shame, thinks Evenpoel.
Vincent Van Genechten
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“It was a quiet day, but it has become a lot less beautiful due to the loss of Julian (Alaphilippe),” said Evenepoel. “He has been doing very well the last few days and his absence will mean a big loss for the team. It’s, sorry for my words, f*cking brutal. He was in good shape, but I have confidence in my other teammates to help me further.”
“I didn’t see the crash, I was driving in front of him when he fell. I don’t really know what happened yet, but he would have just had a flat tire in the corner. It really is a shame, especially on a quiet day like today. I hope the injury isn’t too bad and he isn’t in too much pain. I wish him all the best. It is of course extra sour for him because, as world champion, he will have to miss the World Cup.”
The French world champion did mountains of work in this Vuelta for his Belgian leader, who also saw Pieter Serry drop out (with corona). “The loss of Alaphilippe is a shame, but we are by no means the only team to lose in this Vuelta. So we should not let our heads hang, there is no reason for that. We have to keep our heads up. There are six of us, Jumbo-Visma with five and Ineos has also lost two men. It’s kind of survival of the fittest.”
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