‘Why not try to go for a stage win?’- Remco Evenepoel promises a stage victory in the red jersey at the Vuelta a España

‘I’m full of confidence’ says the Belgian as a second day in the high mountains looms

Remco Evenepoel
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Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) was in a relaxed and confident mood after successfully defending his position as race leader on stage eight of the Vuelta a España.

Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took another impressive victory in the mountains of Asturias but Evenepoel looked firmly in control further back down the road behind the Australian. The young Belgian even looked to gain just a second on Enric Mas (Movistar) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) as he sprinted for the line at the top of the summit finish. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.