Evenepoel stuns rivals on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve

Remco Evenepoel uncorked a stunning attack with 300m to go on the final climb of the second stage to take the overall lead at the Volta ao Algarve.

The young Belgian opened his sprint in the last kilometer, pulling away from the likes of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) before holding off a late challenge from Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) to take the stage win.

“It’s amazing. Actually, I just followed, followed, followed on the final climb, then Joao did a great job in the last two kilometres. I had the feeling I had something left for the last 500m and it worked out,” said Evenepoel, who went on to dedicate his win to Lotto Soudal’s Nikolas Maes, whose baby son recently died.

“In the bus this morning I said ‘if I win I will dedicate it to him’, so this win is for him and his wife. I will also give some flowers to him. There are more important things in life, and stuff like this is more important than my victory today, so this is for him and his family.”

With a likely sprint stage on tap in Friday’s 201km stage from Faro to Tavira, all eyes turn to Saturday’s summit finish at Malhão.

Volta ao Algarve 2020 – stage 2 results (Sagres – Alto da Fóia):

1Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

4:46:38

2Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

+02”

4Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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6Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+05”

7Federico Figueiredo (Atum General/Tavira/Maria Nova Hotel)

+08”

8Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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10Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto)

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Volta ao Algarve 2020 – general classification after stage 2:

1Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

9:42:15

2Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

+02”

4Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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6Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+05”

7Federico Figueiredo (Atum General/Tavira/Maria Nova Hotel)

+08”

8Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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10Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto)

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