Remco Evenepoel from Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl just won the first stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, how he tackled the final climb of the race was truly marvelous, this is a great step towards his cycling season and he has definitely made the team proud.
Things have only been rocky for the Belgian cyclist as last year was spent on recoveries from a crash at Il Lombardia. We did not hear from him for a while, he spent his winters quietly, training and that is why his performance exploded at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
What a way to start the season, first race = first win 😍 Thank you to the team for the incredible support 💙🐺 #TheWolfpack pic.twitter.com/77cybT3gPQ
— Remco Evenepoel (@EvenepoelRemco) February 2, 2022
Remco shared the podium with a really strong competition though, Aleksandr Vlasov finished in second place and Carlos Rodriguez finished third. The win certainly filled Evenepoel’s heart with excitement and pure joy, he even riled up the crowd in a beautiful manner to cheer for him.
Evenepoel stated after the race,
It’s amazing, it’s the perfect way to start. We had confidence I could do well on this stage and on this finish.
The team tried to put me as comfortable as possible during the whole day. I think it worked out perfectly. We knew that part of the climb where I attacked was the hardest part, so I had to try to go all out there. It was quite hard to keep it until the finish but I’m happy to be able to win with a small gap. I think that’s more comfortable for the third stage. I think it’s the perfect start for us.
Things Are Finally Starting To Get Better For Evenepoel
Last year was a really tough climb for Remco Evenepoel, we barely saw him and now he is finally back with a bang as Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl has finally taken their first win for 2022. Seeing that his only performance was in Giro d’Italia in May 2021, he is finally getting back to his previous form.
I think I can say that I’m back at a really good level. Last year, I started the season with a lot of doubts, with a lot of unknowns. Now I knew and the team knew that I was ready to race again and that I could push my best power in training. All the hard work paid off. For me, my coach, and for my family, it’s a big relief that I’m back at my top level.
From Thursday, things will only be getting tougher for Evenepoel and his team, the 171km stretch from Bétera to Torrent will certainly be hard. Although we cannot wait to see more of Evenepoel and what surprises he might pull off this cycling season.
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Featured Image Via Twitter/@EvenepoelRemco