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Remco Evenepoel secures Volta ao Algarve Victory with Fastest Final Time Trial

20 year old Evenpoel secured overall victory by setting the fastest time over his main rivals all within 3 seconds coming into the final time trial

The 20.3 km individual time trial course was undulating with a few mild climbs but essentailly was a fast course.

Yves Lampaert (Deucenink-Quick Step) 24:53 set the earliest fastest time until Team Ineos's Rohan Dennis went faster at 24:17.

The final 5 riders on GC were only separated by 3 seconds, Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep, Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation, Maximilian Schachmann, (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team and Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates.

But in the finale Remco Evenepoel went fastest in a time 24m 8s beating Dennis by 9 seconds with Sefan Kung third.

He said before the podium ceremony, "I’m really happy, I knew it was just 20km full gas and I started quite fast and then I knew that in the hilly sections, on the down hills, that I had to recover well, so that’s what I did. I just went all out. The communication with the car was perfect, I knew every corner, every hole in the road. I’m very happy."

"I’m working hard for my next goal in two months time, I’m not in the best shape yet but I still have time, there's still a long way to go but I’m already happy with where I’m at now."

"I said I wanted to come the Algarve. I did my very best and performed as well as possible. Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico and we'll see how we go there. It's about going step by step, race by race, then we'll see in the end what the seasons brings," he said.

2020 Volta ao Algarve Stage 5 Top 10

1 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:24:08
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Ineos 0:24:17
2 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:09
3  Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:28
4 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:28
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos 0:00:28
6 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 0:00:28
7 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:00:36
8 Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:37
9 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:38

2020 Volta ao Algarve Overall GC Top 10

1 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 19:23:42
2 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:38
3 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:39
4 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:56
5 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:17
6 Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team 0:01:18
7 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:26
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:31
9 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:01:40
10 Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:01:57

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