Remco Evenepoel stakes Volta ao Algarve on time trial effort

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 16 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning the white best young jersey on the podium ceremony after the 48th Volta Ao Algarve 2021 Stage 1 a 1991km at stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2022 on February 16 2022 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl dons the white best young jersey after stage 2 at Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Remco Evenepoel’s last competitive outing on the Alto da Fóia is now immortalised in a statue at the summit of the climb, but this time around he was content to maintain a watching brief as a headwind tempered aggression in the finale of stage 2 the Volta ao Algarve.

A reduced group of 15 or so riders contested stage victory atop the Alto da Fóia, but there would be no reprise of Evenepoel’s striking, 500-metre-long effort of two years ago. Instead, the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider came home in sixth place on the stage as David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) sprinted clear of the leaders within sight of the line.

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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.