Remco Evenepoel did not have the best day on the first mountain stage in Tour de Suisse, losing to Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, Felix Gall and Juan Ayuso on Ollon Villars w/kg test after an easy day.
Remco Evenepoel and Primož Roglič keep performing at a high level in Volta a Catalunya and today both race favourites pushed the best ᵉw/kg performances of their career (without accounting for altitude, fatigue or heat).
Remco Evenepoel showed another great performance in Volta a Catalunya, winning his first mountain stage in 2023 against world-class competition. The Belgian phenomenon attacked at the top of La Molina and only Primož Roglič had the strength to respond after Quickstep had paced much of the last 50km. Despite drafting behind Evenepoel, the Jumbo-Visma leader was not able to hold the wheel up the final short climb when the World Champion opened up his sprint.
The first mountain top finish in the 2023 Volta a Catalunya ended with a sprint between Remco Evenepoel, Primož Roglič and Giulio Ciccone. The winner was Ciccone, while the Stage 1 winner Roglič retained the leader's jersey. All of them broke the Vallter 2000 climbing record previously owned by Adam Yates.
Volta a Catalunya might be the most interesting one week stage race this year. This is partly thanks to the elite startlist, that is headlined by the main Giro d'Italia contenders Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic but also includes Landa, Almeida, Bardet, Uijtdebroeks and the returning Egan Bernal among others. This headline talent, combined with a route that includes three hard summit finishes, makes this race a perfect indicator of climbing level, especially for the Giro d'Italia contenders.
One of the worst kept secrets of the off-season, the Grand Tour plans of World Champion Remco Evenepoel, was finally brought to light with the Belgian superstar announcing his participation in the Giro d'Italia 2023.
As the 2022 cycling season has come to a close, it is time to rank the top 10 climbing performances of the year. An admittedly hard task, considering the multitude of impressive performances from various riders throughout the year. The climbing speeds especially exploded when summer arrived after the Giro d'Italia, with eight of the ten entries in the list coming after the month of May.
Australian Jay Vine is on fire, taking his second win in La Vuelta in a matter of days. This time he won from the breakaway, riding away on the new final climb from a quality break including Pinot, Landa, Taaramae, Soler and Lutsenko. Meanwhile in the GC group, Evenepoel dictated the tempo and performed at a high level again.
While the Giro d'Italia is receiving the most attention, the Tour of Norway stage 3 did not disappoint at all, with Remco Evenepoel doing an unbelievable climbing performance on the queen stage that ended with the steep Gaustatoppen-Stavsro climb (10.5 km, 8.7%).
Remco Evenepoel started the 2022 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege without the 2020 and 2021 winners, Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar, on the start list, but with Wout van Aert as the favourite for the race. After his co-leader, Julian Alaphilippe had crashed badly earlier in the race, Evenepoel dropped everyone on the second-to-last climb, Côte de La Redoute and used his elite time-trial abilities to solo away. The peloton lead for some time by Mikel Landa did not stand a chance to catch the Belgian, who won his first monument at only 22 years old.