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WATCH: Remco Evenepoel rolls out the red carpet for Julien Alaphilippe's first win of the season |  Basque Country Tour 2022

WATCH: Remco Evenepoel rolls out the red carpet for Julien Alaphilippe’s first win of the season | Basque Country Tour 2022

Four Spanish refugees chose Herpath from the start. Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH), Ibai Azurmendi (Euskatel-Euskadi), and Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma). Jumbo-Visma kept the leading group in the crosshairs, and their lead did not exceed five minutes.

Ibon Ruiz had his sights set on the mountain jersey, and the Spaniard came twice
First on top of the climb. As a result, he took charge of the jersey from RYMCO
Evenepoel, who was the fastest to climb yesterday in the opening time trial.

Jumbo Visma dominated the match. For a long time, the other teams kept their eyes open, until Julian Alaphilippe let the Wolfpack help. The four fugitives looked like a cat bird, but Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl quickly disappeared from the front.

In a particularly exciting final stage, the frontrunners seemed to break up with each other
to fight. In five kilometers from the end they had more than a minute
precedence. Mountain King Ruiz took advantage of the chess game between his fellow refugees and escaped. The 23-year-old Spaniard looked as if he was on his way to winning a stage, but was unable to sustain his efforts.

He was eventually caught 500 meters from the end. Thanks for the good prep work by RYMCO EVENBUIL go ahead Julian Alphilippi to bring in profit. There was no limit to the world champion who easily outperformed Francis Dube and Quentin Hermanns.

Julian Alphilippi knew his win was in large part due to his teammate Rimko Evenpoel. “I knew there were still a few technical corners before the finish, so you had to be in good shape.”

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“Remco took those last turns to perfection. Great. As we agreed. He told us Remco what he should do if it turns out to be a fast race. He really has the ability to come back after the turns etc.” tape.”