'Just a bad day for Remco': Evenepoel's Vuelta a España challenge crumbles in the Pyrenees

Belgian finds himself distanced with 90km in the Pyrenees left to race

Remco Venepoel in 2023 Vuelta a Espana
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Remco Evenepoel hopes of defending his Vuelta a España title crumbled in the Pyrenees after he was dropped with 90km to go on an extremely tough mountain stage.

Post-race, Evenepoel’s collapse was put down to not illness or injury, but just a "bad day" by his Soudal - Quick-Step squad. The stage was won by Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), with his teammate Sepp Kuss strengthening his position in the red jersey, as a third Jumbo rider, Primož Roglič, came third. Evenepoel's collapse signalled the end of his defence of the Vuelta title.

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