Teammates Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke assist Remco Evenepoel until the final climb: “It was a difficult day for us”

Teammates Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke assist Remco Evenepoel until the final climb: “It was a difficult day for us”
Teammates Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke assist Remco Evenepoel until the final climb: “It was a difficult day for us”

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Remco Evenepoel defended his red leader’s jersey on Thursday in the twelfth stage of the 77th Vuelta a España. “This was the desired scenario”, reacted the leader of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, who could count on the support of his Belgian teammates Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke until the final climb in the group with the favorites.

Hugo Coorevits

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Ilan Van Wilder: “It was a difficult day for us”

Ilan Van Wilder didn’t ignore it on Las Peñas Blancas. “It was a difficult day for us in general. Such a large group drove away and we got zero help from the others in the peloton. It wasn’t easy. We have to check that start every day. In the long run. We are only five men to do that. Everyone jumps. And suddenly you have such a large group. You can’t close it all at once. Because we only had Groupama-FDJ willing to help. We got to ten seconds. Then it is better to let them go, because there was no one really dangerous. And then Remco went down. He came to me, forcing me to swerve and hit the guardrail. Then we had to come back. It was sporty that the peloton was waiting for the leader.”

“In the end we had it well under control on the climb and then Movistar took over. So little has happened. It is in itself a good day for us, but it was not an easy day,” said Van Wilder, who injured his knee a bit in the collision with the guardrail. “I don’t really feel very much. By tomorrow it will be okay.”

Louis Vervaeke: “Accidentally in the flight of the day”

Louis Vervaeke admitted that he actually unknowingly ended up in the flight of the day. “That was just uncontrolled. I saw that Remi was with me. I actually wanted to close the gap with the peloton in the wheel. I continued after a descent on the right. Apparently no one had followed me. It was a bit of a shame. And so I was with it. I immediately said through the ears to the team leaders that there was no one from the classification. So there was no need to panic. I think we did that well. Maybe it would have been even better if I had let myself down the climb a little later, but look: we did that perfectly as a team.”

“The moment I stood on the side of the road to wait for the peloton, I heard that Remco had fallen. It was waiting, waiting, waiting. We knew very well how much lead we could give that group. At a gap of ten minutes it was enough. Basically it was more up to the teams of the riders who want to make it to the podium, to ride and not give Kelderman too big a lead, but they didn’t. All’s well that ends well. My average power was greater than usual because of that attack, but that’s why I climbed quietly to the top,” said the climber of leader Remco Evenepoel. (jpdv/hc)

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