No leader who was in the red for eight days was younger than Remco Evenepoel. A record that the Vlaams-Brabanter achieved after an easy ride in which he was able to recuperate. “It could be better”, he said first from behind his mask followed by… “no problem at all.”
When asked what he thought of Roglic’s acceleration in the last mile, he looked up in surprise: “I have no idea what Roglic was doing. Maybe he wanted to win the ride or cut a gap. I really didn’t see it,” said Evenepoel, who was well positioned for the last few kilometers. “I had no ambitions for the stage win at all. No. I just wanted to go into the last kilometer in a good position. I succeeded well in that. The team dropped me three kilometers from the finish. And then I found my own way. That’s something I learned early this year by playing lead out for Fabio Jakobsen. It was actually easy to find my way alone,” he said in the international flash interview.
Evenepoel was addressed on his racing gloves that he wore for the first time. “Yes, yes, but I don’t think I’ll be putting them on tomorrow. They hit me on the way.”
The authoritarian leader said Saturday afternoon’s Sierra de la Pandera is uncharted territory for him. It looks again a very nice ride. I just hope not to waste time. That is the most important of all.”