'Sometimes you need the balls to race' – Remco Evenepoel criticises Vingegaard, Visma on Tour de France's gravel stage

Soudal Quick-Step team's Belgian rider Remco Evenepoel wearing the best young rider's white jersey cycles over a "Chemin Blanc" (white road) gravel sector during the 9th stage of the 111th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 199km stage departing and finishing in Troyes, on July 7, 2024. (Photo by Bernard PAPON / POOL / AFP)
Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quickstep) attacks on a gravel sector (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Tour de France's gravel stage to Troyes on day nine of the race may have ended in a stalemate at the top of the general classification, but it wasn't for lack of trying by several yellow jersey contenders.

Race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) attempted several major attacks on the gravel sectors at the Côte de Chacenay and Saint-Parres-aux-Tertres, though both were brought back, as would the move initiated by Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quickstep) at 77km from the finish.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.