After a recital, crowned by the Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel, the Blues remain blank… Relive the race live

08h42: EVENPOTHE WORLD CHAMPION!!!

1 km: THE RED FLAME FOR THE BELGIAN JUMP

3 km: Well, I really don’t know what to write here.

In addition to “bravo Remco! »

4 km: Lutsenko is caught

There will be four for two places on the podium.

6 km: Great fight for the podium behind the Belgian untouchable

Lutsenko is doing his best to keep his silver medal, but Jensen, Rota and Schmid are hot on his heels.

7 km: France can aim for a Top 10 with Bardet

it’s good huh! But hey, when you’ve had foie gras, it’s hard to go back to rillettes.

9 km: Well, we know that Australia is infested with dangerous animals…

But not even a giant magpie or a carnivorous emu will ruin the dreams of Remco Evenepoel, currently on the last ascent of Mount Pleasant and visibly fresh as a cockroach.

11 km: Lutsenko will fight to keep his second place

He is threatened by the quartet of Eenkhoorn, Jensen, Rota and Schmid, who are only 19 seconds behind.

14 km: Remco will write history

He will become the first Belgian world champion since Philippe Gilbert in 2012. By winning the Vuelta, “the Little Cannibal” had already put an end to his country’s 44 years of failure in a Grand Tour, since the victory of Johan de Muynck in the 1978 Giro.

17 km: LAST LAP FOR EVENPOEL

The Belgian is 45 seconds ahead of Lutsenko. The peloton of favorites is 2 minutes 25 away.

18 km: And the French in all this?

Well, there probably won’t be a medal today. Unless there is a good surprise signs Romain Bardet.

20km: Incredible year for Remco Evenepoel

Two weeks after his coronation in the Vuelta, the Belgian will be proclaimed world champion at the end of a season in which he will also have won Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The miracle of the Tour of Lombardy 2020 He has definitely delivered on the promises born from his younger years as a prodigy runner.

24 km: Well, there are some everywhere there

Behind the 22-year-old Belgian we fight for the places of honor.

25 km: EVENPOEL STARTS AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT PLEASANT!

But how easy it is!

27 km: Big questions about French strategy

It’s all very well to have pre-established strategies, but the tricolor beating, in particular that of Florian Sénéchal, allowed Remco Evenepoel to find himself in an armchair.

30 km: Adishatz brave world!!!

Well, Evenepoel and Lutsenko said goodbye to their colleagues. Four pursuers try to hunt down the Belgian-Kazakh duo: Eenkhorn, Jensen, Rota and Schmid. No, there are no French.

32 km: 2 minutes and 10 seconds behind the peloton with two laps to go

I’m not going to write that Julian Alaphilippe has already lost his rainbow jersey but… Oh yeah, I did.

33 km: 6 seconds ahead for the leading duo

35km: Evenepoel packs up with Lutsenko!!!

While we are two laps from the finish line. The young Belgian took advantage of a false flat to give way to the rest of the leading group. Only the Kazakh Lutsenko followed him.

37 km: Evenepoel calmly returns to Lutsenko while buttering himself a toast

And Bardet stays at his wheel. That’s good my Roman that.

38 km: Lutsenko attack in the leading group!

41 km: The gap has melted on the ascent of Mount Pleasant

Less than 1 minute and 10 seconds for the peloton with all the favorites (except Evenepoel, who is still in the lead).

43km: Pogacar and Madouas shake up the peloton

It was time… The peloton took 30 seconds and was 1 minute 30 behind the leaders.

45 km: Will van Aert be fooled again?

Belgium and France are the most represented nations in the leading group (three riders each). Featuring, we repeat, the incredible Remco who is once again giving his supposed leader van Aert a nightmare.

50 km: Will the peloton return?

Always more than 2 minutes early for the leading group, well stocked. Three Frenchmen are there with Bardet but also with Pacher and Sivakov. Only the work of the Habs also allowed Evenepoel to find himself in this group. And when you know the level of the boy…

52 km: Bardet finally rewarded after the “near title” of 2018?

In Innsbruck, the one from Auvergnat had been beaten in the sprint by Alejandro Valverde and had settled for silver.

54 km: The peloton is more than 2 minutes away

57 km: Quentin Pacher the agitator!

The Groupama-FDJ corridor is full of sticks. But it is Evenepoel who makes the strongest impression.

60 km: And come on, we attack Mount Pleasant again

Or a terrible 119m summit (no, I didn’t forget a number)! Just kidding, but it’s a 1.1km climb at 14% on average. The counterattacks returned to the leading group. With Remco Evenepoel who goes on his merry way and that could do very, very bad.

61km: Huge job by Armirail in the peloton

The Bigourdan plays patous leading his sheep. And meanwhile, the pursuers are only 15 seconds behind the leading pack.

64 km: The favorites are 1 minute 30 from the lead and almost 1 minute from the counterattacks

In this peloton we find the current two-time world champion Julian Alaphilippe, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar.

68 km: four laps to go

There are only 8 men in the lead, including Sivakov. Behind, at 40 seconds, a group of counterattacks formed by Bardet, Pascher, Sénéchal, Quintana, but especially Evenepoel’s will-o’-the-wisp. The Belgian, recent winner of the Vuelta, is obviously determined to play his personal card like last year in Leuven.

75 km: The crazy story of Mathieu van der Poel

The Dutchman was one of the outsiders, but he only ran about thirty kilometers, “morally broken”. Previously, Raymond Poulidor’s grandson had finished the night (Australian time) in the post, after a strange incident. Van der Poel allegedly got into an altercation with two 13- and 14-year-olds at his hotel, “one fell to the ground and the other was thrown against a wall, causing a small graze on her elbow,” according to police. The broker explained that he got angry because the young people were making noise in the corridor of the establishment. He will appear in court on Tuesday. Nice, the trip to the antipodes…

07h00: Good morning everyone

Come on, let’s live together the last 77 km of the race. We are (again) at Mount Pleasant, the main difficulty of the course that the runners will have done 12 times by the end of the race. Opposite, a breakaway of about fifteen runners who exploded on the rise. Half gave up but Frenchman Pavel Sivakov is in the leading group. The peloton of favorites is less than 2 minutes away.

9:00 PM: Hey, Cyclix! It had been a long time since we delivered a bike, we were beginning to miss it. And we are going to savor it, this road race of the Cycling World Championship, because the season is coming to an end and we will be very sad to have to wait for the end of the first quarter of 2023 to vibrate again. In short, the race. 260 terminals, 13 ascents, including a first of 7.5 km at 5.7%. The profile is clearly for punchers. Put like that, we almost trusted Julian Alaphilippe, the reigning double world champion, but the Frenchman is out of luck this year and not really in top form. But we also know that he is able to sublimate himself on D-Day, so maybe? Opposite, the competition will be stronger than ever: Belgium presents itself with its two leaders, favorites, as long as their rivalry does not derail everything. Of course, let’s not forget about Tadej Pogacar, who certainly wants to redeem himself after the Tour de France defeat. >> See you at dawn for the start of the live

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