Remco Evenepoel's post-stage crash highlights safety issues at Vuelta a España

La Vuelta 2023 - 78th Edition - 3rd stage Súria - Arnisal 158,5km - 28/08/2023 - Remco Evenepoel (BEL - Soudal - Quick Step) - Injury - photo Rafa Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2023
(Image credit: ASO/ SprintCyclingAgency)

Defending champion Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) stamped his authority on the 2023 Vuelta a España at almost the first available opportunity as he sealed an emphatic victory in a small group sprint that decided the race's first summit finish stage in Andorra.

Not even a spectacular post-finish crash, when Evenepoel first collided with a team soigneur then hit a barrier, cutting his head, could stop the Belgian from celebrating his stage win and return to the race lead.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.