'I was pretty sure I had a puncture' - Remco Evenepoel keeps calm amid late scare in Tour de France time trial win

GEVREYCHAMBERTIN FRANCE JULY 05 Stage winner Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Soudal QuickStep White Best Young Rider Jersey reacts after the 111th Tour de France 2024 Stage 7 a 253km individual time trial stage from NuitsSaintGeorges to GevreyChambertin UCIWT on July 05 2024 in GevreyChambertin France Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo PoolGetty Images
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After blazing through the first three intermediate time checks with the fastest time on stage 7 of the Tour de France, for a few seconds, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) thought that bad luck in the final kilometres would derail his maiden stage victory.

The World time trial Champion started off fast, following his plan of keeping something back for the climb up the Côte de Curtil-Vergy (1.6km at 6.1%), which came in the final half of the 25.3km stage.

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Lyne Lamoureux

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