'I just wanted to enjoy it and feel the pain again': Remco Evenepoel impresses in Giro d'Italia time trial after eight-month layoff

The Belgian finished seventh among a strong field in his first race back from injury

Remco Evenepoel at the 2021 Giro d'Italia stage one
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An emotional Remco Evenepoel admitted his shock at finishing seventh in the opening time trial at the Giro d’Italia, his first race back after an eight-month layoff due to injury.

The young Belgian of Deceuninck-Quick-Step covered the 8.6km pan-flat course in Turin in a time of 9-06, just 19 seconds shy of stage winner Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers).

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.