Remco Evenepoel won the first mountain stage in the Tour of Burgos on Thursday. The Belgian top talent left the other favorites on the final climb of the outdoor category.
Early in the 148-kilometer stage, a leading group of nine riders emerged, including Jetse Bol. They got a big lead from the peloton.
With 50 kilometers to go, the peloton caused a commotion in the peloton, which fell apart in a few fans. The front group consisted of five riders from BORA-hansgrohe (with classification leader Felix Grossschartner) and three from Team Ineos (with leader Richard Carapaz).
About 20 kilometers later, a large part of the released riders could reconnect, so that a compact peloton started on the Picón Blanco, the final climb of the outdoor category.
Bol cannot participate there for the victory. The North Hollander of the local team Burgos-BH saw the only 22-year-old Spaniard Roger Adrià attack solo.
The freshman of the small Spanish team Kern Pharma was passed by Evenepoel with the last kilometer in sight. The only twenty-year-old Belgian had just driven out of a group of favorites including Carapaz, Simon Yates, Mikel Landa, Esteban Chaves and George Bennett from Jumbo-Visma and drove to victory.