Remco Evenepoel picked up his seventh red jersey in a row on Thursday on top of Las Peñas Blancas. This puts him sixth in the ranking of compatriots who collected the most leader jerseys in the Vuelta. On the col above Estepona he equalized with Ferdinand Bracke, whom he can already pass on Friday afternoon in Montilla.
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This list is headed by the late Waaslander Gustaaf Deloor who totaled 32 and also won the first two editions. On Sunday, Evenepoel can keep up with Ferdi Van Den Haute, who collected ten in 1978. If he doesn’t give up the red until Madrid, he ends up with sixteen pieces and he knocks over Eddy Merckx, who was the fourth in the eternal standings to collect eleven.
For the record: the Kannibal only drove one Vuelta. In 1973 he started with a prologue win and the leader’s jersey for two days, only to give it up and take it back for good in the eleventh stage. Eddy Merckx won six (!) stages in that Tour of Spain.
* The ranking of Belgians in the leader’s jersey of the Vuelta: 1. Gustaaf Deloor 32, 2. Freddy Maertens 20, 3. Rik Van Looy 13, 4. Eddy Merckx 11, 5. Ferdi Van Den Haute 10, 6. Remco Evenepoel and Ferdinand Bracke 7, 8. Armand Desmet and Claude Criquielion 6 , 10. André Messelis and Philippe Gilbert 5. (hc)