Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) opened his 2024 season with a hallmark long-distance solo triumph, going it by myself 53km from the end of the Figueira Champions Vintage.
The Belgian, who took on the second one version of the one-day race forward of subsequent week’s Volta ao Algarve, was once ‘led out’ through a number of of his QuickStep teammates sooner than leaping transparent of the peloton with 4 primary climbs left to run right through the last 3 laps of the 192.4km race.
UAE Staff Emirates tried to chase down the previous global champion, first with Marc Hirschi, then with a sustained solo trip through Isaac Del Toro, after which with their workforce on the head of the peloton, however Evenepoel – as he has so regularly up to now – proved to be uncatchable.
As Del Toro dropped again to the peloton 27km from the road, Evenepoel loved a lead of over a minute, and he’d remained untroubled at the run to the end to pass the road for the 51st victory of his occupation.
In the back of him, tentative strikes have been made within the peloton as the crowd raced over the overall brief and sharp climb of the Enforca Cães and into the flat run to the road. Then again, it was once a discounted chase staff which got here to the road.
Alpecin-Deceuninck led the crowd to the end with a mini lead-out teach, but it surely was once Vito Braet (Intermarché-Wanty) who got here out on most sensible within the dash for the road leaping off Astana Qazaqstan lead-out Cristian Scaroni’s wheel to pip fellow Astana guy Simone Velasco.
The Belgian led house the crowd at 1:48 down on Evenepoel, whilst Velasco grabbed 3rd forward of Lars Boven (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Marius Mayrhofer (Tudor Professional Biking).
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