On the menu today in San Juan: a biljartvlakke chrono of twelve kilometers, six kilometers to go, six back on the Calle Mendoza in Pocito. “I'm curious what I'm worth”, sounded the advance, Remco Evenepoel. That was also the world of cycling. A lot of eyes focused on the Belgian, European and world champion time trial with the juniors.
Evenepoel rolled around 22.55 hours (Belgian time) of the starting podium. 13 minutes and 53 seconds later to put our 19-year-old fellow countryman, the -at that time - best time. Four beats faster than Felix Großschartner. Evenepoel dreamed of victory, but saw how then Valerio Conti barely eight tenths of his time afpitste.
Afterwards knew only one rider the track is faster to set up than Evenepoel and Conti: Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman dived in less than twelve seconds under the time of the Italian from UAE-Team Emirates. Alaphilippe takes thanks to his victory the leader's jersey of Fernando Gaviria. Evenepoel is after his first podium as a pro handsome fourth in the standings.Evenepoel: “Mental victory”
“I have physically lost, but mentally I have a victory. This third place but I did not expect,” sounded the end when Evenepoel. “Wherever I possibly have? I'm perhaps a little too quickly started, that broke me in the second part acid. But I'm here to learn. I think that the future is only but good that I have a fault I made.”
“Fortunately wins a team mate. If I second have become on eight-tenths of the winner, then I would be really angry. But now I can only be satisfied. ‘t Is my first podium with the pros, so I can't complain”, he continued Evenepoel. “We will also see what the coming days will bring, but in the first instance, it is the intention of the leadership position of Alaphilippe to defend. And 19 years too early to win? It is never too early, it can only be too late.”