Just not for Evenepoel: Roglic likes world champion to win after a tough sprint in Catalonia | Volta a Catalunya 2023

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Tour of Catalonia: Stage 1

road race Road racecloudy 14°Cdistance 164.6 km
location 13:06: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – 17:00: Sant Feliu de Guíxols


It was almost immediately bingo for Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) in the Tour of Catalonia. In the opening stage, Evenepoel came in a difficult sprint just too late to pass Roglic. A heavy crash on an embroidery marred the final.

  1. 16 hours 54 match over
  2. 4:53 pm. There is also Remco Evenepoel, like a devil out of a box … .
  3. 16 hours 53. Van Wilder starts, but Roglic seems to be the fastest. .
  4. 4:52 pm. Bouwman starts the sprint for Roglic, who has Van Wilder on his wheel. .
  5. 4:52 pm Jumbo-Visma seriously shakes the tree with the world time trial champion Affini in the very tough final phase: who still has gravy for the last nod? .
  6. 16 hours 48. Another 3 kilometers. The classification men move up led by Richard Carapaz. Which fast men are still hanging on? It has already been a grueling final stage….
  7. Crash in the peloton. A firm crash in the belly of the peloton. A man from Alpecin-Deceuninck crashes into a UAE man. Cataldo in particular does not seem to be in good shape. . 4:45 pm.
  8. 4:42 pm. Soudal-Quick Step takes over from the yellow shirts. This is how Remco Evenepoel comes to the front of the peloton for the first time. .
  9. 4:41 pm. Robert Gesink immediately shows his value at Jumbo-Visma. The experienced Dutchman is at the head of the peloton and is now making the course very hard. Can he suck all the legs of the fast men dry here? They now also have the leading group in their sights. .
  10. 4:25 p.m. Strongholds. Jetse Bol (11 points) is again the first to go over the top of the climb. The Dutchman will soon be able to wear the polka dot jersey on the podium. Miquel Pau (8) remains second, our compatriot Rune Herregodts third (6). .
  11. 4:11 pm Jojo with Jumbo. Jumbo-Visma comes to the front of the peloton for the first time. Not to let the Catalan sun shine on their faces, but to increase the pace. Steven Kruijswijk makes the men in the tail of the suit scream for their mother. Would Roglic want to strike right away? .
  12. 4:18 pm. The first victims of the accumulation of altimeters also fall in the peloton. The most prominent name to let go: Hugo Hofstetter. Is the fast Frenchman still licking his wounds after his fall in the Bredene Koksijde Classic? He was then involved in the massive tumbler where Victor Campenaerts broke a vertebra. .
  13. Alt de Romanya (4.6 kilometers at 5.5%). The leading group starts with a good minute lead on the Alt de Romanya, the last climb of the day. Rune Herregodts wins the intermediate sprint at the foot. At the top – after 4.6 kilometers at an average gradient of 5.5% – can he also make an ultimate shot at the bulbs. Good news for our compatriot: Miquel Pau has to release immediately. . 4 pm 13.
  14. 3:51 pm. A measure for nothing. The Euskaltel-Euskadi duo is once again swallowed up by the peloton, which is slowly picking up the pace. Especially the men of Alpecin-Deceuninck show themselves extremely active in the vanguard of the peloton. .
  15. 15h47. I’m not here to win. I’m not ready for that yet. I mainly want to enjoy myself here and gain a bit of competition rhythm. My goals are later in the season. Egan Bernard.
  16. 15:43. Rune Herregodts seemed to be on its way to the first polka dot jersey, but our compatriot was let down in the climb of Alt de la Ganga by both Miquel Pau and the Dutchman Jetse Bol. Both riders are now also above him in the virtual mountains classification. .
  17. 15:35. Code orange. The orange shirts of Euskaltel-Euskadi squeeze out a sprint. The Spanish team sends Txomin Juaristi and Ibai Azurmendi into the attack. Can the tandem make the jump to the front runners? .
  18. 15:23. Favorites for the stage victory? Today it’s up to the punchers. Which fast men – who benefit from a tough finish – are hiding in the peloton? Evenepoel himself put forward the logical names of Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) and a recovered Ethan Hayter (Ineos). But in the last straight line also pay attention to the fast legs of Kaden Groves – who was able to triumph in Catalonia last year – and man-in-form Milan Menten . Jon Aberasturi, Hugo Hofstetter, Corbin Strong and our compatriot Arne Marit also deserve a dash behind their name. And what about Primoz Roglic himself? The Slovenian was three times the fastest in Tirreno-Adriatico, although the real sprinters have to be thrown overboard during the many altimeters. .


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