Remco Evenepoel won his first victory of the year at the Tour of Belgium.
Remco Evenepoel, leader of the general, won the time trial of the 2nd stage of the Tour de Belgique, the Baloise Belgium Tour, this Thursday in Knokke-Heist over 11.2 km.
Remco Evenepoel won in 12:00, beating Yves Lampaert by 2 seconds. New Zealander Finn Fisher-Black (Jumbo-Visma) took third place at 18 seconds. Rune Herregodts (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) was fourth at 19 seconds, just ahead of Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal), fifth at 19 seconds as well.
The “Wolfpack” prodigy won the 15th victory of his career, his first of the season, which started at the Giro d’Italia on 8 May. Second in the opening stage on Wednesday behind Robbe Ghys, Evenepoel had donned the blue leader’s jersey thanks to the bonuses gained along the way.
Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka ASSOS), 29, did not take part in the stopwatch and left the race. Victim of cramps the day before in the final where he was up front, the hour record holder decided to play it safe so as not to get injured and jeopardize the rest of his season.
This Friday, the 3rd stage will take the riders from Gingelom to Scherpenheuvel-Zichem (174.4 km). Saturday, the peloton will be in Hamoir on a course of 152.6 km for the 4th stage. This Tour of Belgium ends on Sunday with a 178.7 km stage between Turnhout and Beringen.
Remco Evenepoel won the last edition, contested in 2019.