LIVE Tour of the Basque Country: Mauri Vansevenant is in the leading group of 14 riders | Tour of the Basque Country 2022

    1. Bruno ArmirailFRA
    2. Victor LafayFRA
    3. Oscar RodriguezSPA
    4. Mauri VansevenantBEL
    5. Ruben Guerreiropore
    6. Jefferson Alveiro CepedaECU
    7. Carlos RodriguezSPA
    8. Davide FormoloITA
    9. Ruben FernandezSPA
    10. Mark DonovanGBR
    11. Felix GrossschartnerOOS
    12. Mikel IturriaSPA
    13. Geraint ThomasGBR
    14. Tsgabu GrmayETH
    leading group

    1. Bruno ArmirailFRA
    2. Victor LafayFRA
    3. Oscar RodriguezSPA
    4. Mauri VansevenantBEL
    5. Ruben Guerreiropore
    6. Jefferson Alveiro CepedaECU
    7. Carlos RodriguezSPA
    8. Davide FormoloITA
    9. Ruben FernandezSPA
    10. Mark DonovanGBR
    11. Felix GrossschartnerOOS
    12. Mikel IturriaSPA
    13. Geraint ThomasGBR
    14. Tsgabu GrmayETH

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The 4th stage in the Tour of the Basque Country also offers more of the same: a day with many altimeters and a handful of walls with double gradients. Will Remco Evenepoel keep his 2nd place in the general classification? Follow the course here.

  1. 2 pm 10. What would I do if I was in flight today? The climbs are too far from the finish, but you can wear out the rest. † Victor Lafay (Cofidis).
  2. 14 hours 08. A dangerous customer in a breakaway, if it carries to the finish at all, is Victor Lafay. The 26-year-old Frenchman of Cofidis won a stage in the Giro last year. He already performed well on Italian soil this spring in the Trofeo Laigueglia and Tirreno-Adriatico.  †
  3. 14 hours 03. After the moped of the past 60 kilometers, the escapees now opt for a smaller gear. They start the first slope with a lead of just 1’34”. .
  4. 13 hours 58. Besides Remco Evenepoel, Steff Cras also stood his ground between the toppers yesterday. The Lotto-Soudal climber is now 14th in the standings 44 seconds behind Primoz Roglic. Ei so after Wednesday also survived a 3rd Belgian: Quinten Hermans pushed well on the walls, but was killed on the last climb due to material breakdown.  †
  5. 52 km/h. Everyone had predicted that it would go quickly and there is confirmation: 52 kilometers were covered in the first hour. The terrain also lent itself to it. From now on, the speedometer will regularly enter the depths.  † 13h50.
  6. 13 hours 47. Geraint Thomas delivered professional work for his teammates on the very heavy greenhouses yesterday, but Adam Yates was unable to destroy the competition. The Briton had a puncture in the final kilometre, but was not charged with a loss of time for that problem in the safe zone. Today Thomas is allowed to change his shoulder: he paddles along in the leading group, which still only receives 1’25 “.  .
  7. 13h 41. The peloton doesn’t come a meter closer, but they don’t throw in the towel just yet. Mountain king Cristian Rodriguez is 2’12” in the lead, Bruno Armirail at 2’45”. With the other refugees, the backlog for the yellow card has already risen to at least 7 minutes. †
  8. 13 hours 36. The leading group has started the descent towards the first slope of the day. The Vivero climb is twice on this course, although it concerns two different mountain sides.  †
  9. 13h36. We consider each stage as a one-day race. I already feel better myself than in the Coppi e Bartali. Hopefully I will take another step here towards Huy, Liège and Romandie. † Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).
  10. 13h31. In the pack, they don’t bury the hatchet. Jumob-Visma is relieved by Kern Pharma. The smaller Spanish team has missed the mark and wants to do something about it.  †
  11. 13 hours 23. The leading group. Mauri Vansevenant (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) Cristian Rodriguez (TotalEnergies) Victor Lafay (Cofidis) Ruben Fernandez (Cofidis) Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) Ruben Guerreiro (EF-EasyPost) Mark Donovan (DSM) Jefferson Cepeda (Caja Rural) Davide Formolo (UAE) Oscar Rodriguez (Movistar) Tsgabu Grmay (BikeExchange) Mikel Iturria (Euskaltel) Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) .
  12. 50″. There are quite a few teams on board. Jumbo-Visma has to manage it on its own and that seems to be turning out like a sizzle: the 15 leaders rush away. . 13 hours 20.
  13. 13h 16. Jumbo-Visma doesn’t trust the business completely. The 15 attackers have to fight for 15 seconds.  †
  14. 1 pm 12. Cristian Rodriguez, yesterday’s strongest breakaway, is back again. He follows at “just” 2’12” in the standings.  Who else did we spot? Bruno Armirail, Geraint Thomas, Mauri Vansevenant, Victor Lafay, Ruben Guerreiro, Ruben Fernandez, Mark Donovan, Jefferson Cepeda, Tsgabu Grmay, Oscar Rodriguez , Davide Formolo, Mikel Iturria, Felix Grossschartner and Pascal Eenkhoorn.  .
  15. 13 hours 09. They are eagerly waiting at the school gate: 15 riders form a group that puts the peloton at ten seconds. Are spotted there: among others Geraint Thomas and Mauri Vansevenant.  †
  16. 1pm 05. Normally this would be a chance for me, but I’ve been sick. We focus on the standings of Pello Bilbao. † Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious).
  17. 13:03 Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) are the troublemakers on duty, but the French can’t get away. †