Remco Evenepoel reflects on Vuelta a España opener: ‘It was about limiting our losses’

Speedy Step Alpha Vinyl pioneer content with third-put TTT start and has say on utilizing the Specialized TT5 head sock cap.

UTRECHT, Netherlands (VN) - It probably won't have been a triumphant start, however after Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl completed third in the Vuelta an España stage 1 TTT, their chief Remco Evenepoel considered it a "extraordinary beginning".

"It wasn't necessary to focus on the red shirt, more about the stage win we needed for the group. In the event that we didn't win, it was tied in with restricting our misfortunes," the Belgian said after the completion.

"Fourteen seconds is definitely not a ton," he added about their shortage to champs Jumbo-Visma. "With different groups, the harm is significantly greater."

Ineos Grenadiers completed possibly in front of them.

"It's great that Jumbo had a 14-second effect. Had Ineos won by eight-tenths of a second, that would have harmed somewhat more," he said.

The 22-year-old showed his solidarity, doing extended turns on the front, at times a kilometer long.

Evenepoel was the group's most memorable finisher across the line in Utrecht, with Julian Alaphilippe, Ilan Van Wilder, Rémi Cavagna and Fausto Masnada following.

"I can be pleased with the young men. We paced all around well, with one more fragile second, just after the principal halfway time check. Maybe we lost all in all too much there.

"However, third at fourteen seconds is great. We don't have riders here like [Kasper] Asgreen, [Yves] Lampaert, [Matteo] Cattaneo… These folks are preferred time triallers over the folks who are here, yet that was not our objective in this Vuelta," he said.

With their group choice, they are focusing on the mountains and the master plan.

Shaking the head sock

He was likewise wearing the Specialized TT5 cap, the eye catching head sock protective cap.

"That is for streamlined features. Assuming you see the singular time preliminary, you will obviously see that for me this cap is significantly quicker than the ordinary one.

"In any case, you need to sit tight a decent week for that," he expressed, alluding to the 31-kilometer attempt to beat the odds in front of an audience 10 which will additionally stir up the GC.

In any case, there's a great deal of ground to cover before then, at that point.

"Presently, we center around the following two days," Evenepoel said. "We attempt to move beyond them with next to no harm. Then, at that point, partake in the rest day [after stage 3] and than the genuine Vuelta begins."

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