Remco Evenepoel dominated the breakaway of La Vuelta Stage 18, achieving his 50th pro victory at age 23, while Jumbo-Visma worked for their leader Sepp Kuss, who survived the high pace on the final climb made by Bahrain-Victorious, keeping his leader's jersey.
Jumbo-Visma again dominated on a mountain stage with an entertaining performance from Primož Roglič who attacked his teammate and race leader Sepp Kuss, with Jonas Vingegaard following the Slovenian, despite all three at that point leading the race without any other rival teams.
Jonas Vingegaard is continuing to impress in the 2023 season. The Dane attacked early on the final climb in La Vuelta Stage 16 and beat his GC rivals on the short Bejes climb by more than a minute thanks in part to a disorganised chase behind him and his high pace.
Jumbo-Visma continues to impress in the 2023 season, today making a huge leap towards a La Vuelta GC win with their three team leaders Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss and Primož Roglič finishing 1-2-3 on the Col du Tourmalet, while their main threat Remco Evenepoel lost 27 minutes on the stage and ended his GC hopes.
It was another GC day in La Vuelta, as Jumbo-Visma controlled the breakaway and did not let it fight for a stage win. After Remco Evenepoel paced hard for most of the steep Xorret de Cati, Primož Roglič was able to outsprint him at the end of the hard stage.
Stage 6 brought the second mountain test of this Vuelta, with Remco Evenepoel losing some time on the steep Javalambre climb but narrowly remaining ahead of his main rivals in GC. Jumbo-Visma had a wonderful day, as Sepp Kuss won from a very strong breakaway and almost become the race leader whilst Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard were the strongest from the GC group.
Remco Evenepoel was victorious on the first mountain day at La Vuelta 2023, winning the sprint up the Arinsal climb. Perhaps due to the wind conditions, the climb was not paced particularly hard but several strong riders like Romain Bardet, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal still lost significant time.
Matthew Riccitello Dominates Mountain Time-Trial before Iseran Chaos | Tour de l’Avenir 2023 Stage 7a
After finishing second on Col de la Loze, the American climber Matthew Riccitello performed impressively in the Tour de l'Avenir Stage 7a mountain time-trial, beating his opponents by at least 40 seconds and extending his lead in the GC.
The Mexican climber Isaac del Toro has performed consistently in the 2023 season, but today in the Tour de l'Avenir he won the first real mountain test against some of the best climbers of his age, even beating Israel Premier-tech's Matthew Riccitello in the final few metres.
The final stage of Vuelta a Burgos was extremely similar to the third Picon Blanco stage, with UAE-Emirates star climber Adam Yates aggressive but failing to break Primož Roglič. The Slovenian is clearly in good shape before his fifth consecutive Vuelta a Espana.