Enric Mas: At the moment Evenepoel seems unbeatable at Vuelta a España

LES PRAERESNAVA SPAIN AUGUST 28 Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team competes while fans cheer during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 9 a 1714km stage from Villaviciosa to Les Praeres Nava 743m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 28 2022 in Les Praeres Nava Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Enric Mas (Movistar) pushes along the short, steep Les Praeres climb to the stage 9 finish line (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Enric Mas (Movistar) recognised that Vuelta a España leader Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) is currently racing in a different league, but the GC runner-up has promised that if opportunities arise in the remaining two weeks, he will try to counterattack.

Mas lost a sizable 44 seconds to Evenepoel on Les Praeres on Sunday, a stage where Simon Yates won in 2018 before going on to take the race outright. 

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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.