Vuelta 2023: Evenepoel wins in Andorra to take red

Remco Evenepoel Vuelta - Vuelta 2023: Evenepoel wins in Andorra to take redfoto: Cor VosRemco Evenepoel wins the first mountain top finish of La Vuelta with a powerful sprint. He outclasses Jonas Vingegaard and Juan Ayuso and takes the red jersey. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 3rd stage 2023 Vuelta

1. Remco Evenepoel (bel)
2. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 0.01
3. Juan Ayuso (spa) s.t.
4. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.
5. Marc Soler (spa) s.t.
6. Eric Mas (spa) s.t.
7. Lenny Martinez (fra) s.t.
8. Cian Uitdebroeks (bel) s.t.
9. João Almeida (por) s.t.
10. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.

GC after stage 3
1. Remco Evenepoel (bel)
2. Enric Mas (spa) + 0.05
3. Lenny Martinez (fra) + 0.11
4. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 0.31
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.33
6. Cian Uitdebroeks (bel) s.t.
7. Romain Bardet (fra) + 0.35
8. Santiago Buitrago (col) s.t.
9. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 0.37
10. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.

11. Juan Ayuso (spa) + 0.38
13. João Almeida (por) + 0.42
14. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 0.45
21. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 1.11
25. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 1.24
29. Mikel Landa (spa) + 1.43
54. Sergio Higuita (col) + 6.40

Race report
Attacks are everywhere in an entertaining first phase. Then Kenny Elissonde, Eduardo Sepulveda, Julius Johansen and Eric Fagundez give it a go after 33 kilometres, while Sepulveda pushes on alone when they are caught. Amanuel Gehbreigzabhier and Pierre Latour rejoin him, shortly followed by Damiano Caruso, Jasha Sütterlin, Lennard Kämna, Andrea Vendrame, Rune Herregodts and Jon Barrenetxea. Mathis Le Berre and Jose Manuel Diaz make it eleven at the front after a 20 minutes chase. They carve out a maximum lead of over 5 minutes.

The lead group is down to Sepulveda, Caruso and Kämna and they reach the summit in that order. The peloton is trailing at 1 minute, while Sepulveda punctures on descent.

Kämna tries to get rid off Caruso on the finish climb. Following several failed attempts, he distances the Italian in the last 3 kilometres. But the GG group is close behind…

Kuss counters an Ayuso attack. Soler goes with him. The Spaniard kicks again when a regroupment takes place and he is alone in the lead. Meanwhile, Thomas has been dropped from the GC group.

It comes together again before Evenepoel opens the sprint in the last few hundred metres. Vingegaard can’t come across and the title defender wins the race 1 second ahead of most of his rivals. He also moves into the overall race lead.

Another interesting read: route 3rd stage 2023 Vuelta.

Vuelta a España 2023 stage 3: route, profile, more

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