The Belgian Remco Evenepoel wins in Argentina
Remco Evenepoel stood out from the competition during the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina, facing his challenges calmly.
The 20-year-old Belgian from Deceuninck – Quick-Step won the 7th and last stage of the Vuelta a San Juan (2. Pro) and managed to retain his winner's jersey. He had already won the against-the-clock race and held his own during the queen stage to Alto Colorado.
But the road to victory was not without danger. On day one, the Brabant cyclist was involved in a multi-bike crash 3.64 kilometres from the finish line. However, the race jury decided to neutralise the time after the accident. The withdrawal of his teammate Julian Alaphilippe, the favourite for the Argentinian race, also had an impact on Remco Evenepoel's race, as he then had to assume the role of favourite. Despite the victory of the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in the last stage of the race, Evenepoel took the lead in the final rankings, 33 seconds ahead of the Italian Filippo Ganna (Italian team).
The Belgian had already made a name for himself at the Clásica San Sebastián. He was also elected 2019 Belgian Sportsperson of the year. We will next see Remco Evenepoel in the Algarve on 19 February.