Remco Evenepoel expects 'explosion' on Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana's off-road summit finish

CALPE SPAIN JANUARY 10 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium speaks to the media press during the QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Team 2022 Media Day on January 10 2022 in Calpe Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Remco Evenepoel couldn’t believe what he was seeing. When the Belgian and his QuickStep-AlphaVinyl squad recently went to ride up the Alto Antenas del Maigmó Tibi, they assumed the rock-strewn track they encountered couldn’t possibly be the site of the finale of stage 3 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

Rather than risk their rims, they found another, smoother route to the summit only to discover subsequently that the satellite navigation system hadn’t led them astray after all. The road book and local riders confirmed that the finale is indeed on the that steep, 3km sector of dirt road.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.