Enterprising Remco Evenepoel takes over leader’s jersey from Roglic in the Basque Country, Rodriguez wins mountain stage | Tour of the Basque Country 2022

Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-Aplha Vinyl) has made a deal for the overall victory in the Tour of the Basque Country. Our compatriot accelerated uphill in the group of favorites, which put leader Primoz Roglic in trouble. Evenepoel is the new leader, Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos-Grenadiers) took the stage win.

Watch the denouement:

Not a moment of rest on day 5

Only after 70 kilometers of arm wrestling did the right flight see the light of day, although there was a lot of discussion about the composition.

Pello Bilbao had actually raised his hand and the presence of the Basque alarmed the peloton.

Bilbao let themselves be caught, but the breakaway group was once again decimated to 2 Spanish birds: Marc Soler and Carlos Rodriguez.

Soler, only 1’08” in the standings, did not have to count on a head turn from his compatriot, but constantly saw a yellow carrot in front of his nose with a lead of more than 4 minutes.

Jumbo-Visma and Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl continued to struggle a bit on the spot, but when the competition was rested after a siesta, Soler already felt the mood with his Ineos ballast.

Evenepoel looks for and finds the yellow, Rodriguez plays it ice cold

At 15 kilometers from the finish, the steam came out of Soler’s ears: a stoic Rodriguez smelled his chance just as Remco Evenepoel had started to attack in the peloton.

Primoz Roglic remained seated, Jonas Vingegaard, Aleksandr Vlasov, Daniel Martinez and Pello Bilbao, among others, did accept the invitation.

A lesser Roglic gave up his yellow, the heirs no longer closed the gap on Rodriguez.

After the sneaky Spanish stage winner – who almost collapsed on the murderous and slippery lock wall – Martinez tried to steal the yellow from Evenepoel in an incident-rich lock with a falling Vlasov.

It was not a jackpot for Ineos: Evenepoel draws in yellow to the final day with 2 seconds on the Colombian.

In the standings, Evenepoel has 2″ on Martinez and 21″ on Izagirre.

Evenepoel’s attack:

Primoz Roglic: “I made it to the finish with difficulty”

The difficult stage also made it very difficult for the very biggest. So was Primoz Roglic, who had to give up his leader’s jersey: “I’m broken. Today was very grueling, I made it to the finish with difficulty.”

Still, the Slovenian is satisfied with the approach of his team. “We had a good race with the whole team. Jonas Vingegaard was at the front the entire stage, so it went the way we wanted.”

Is Roglic ready to take the leader’s jersey from Evenepoel tomorrow? “We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

  1. 5 p.m. 25. Evenepoel leader. Evenepoel is the leader with 2″ on Martinez and 21″ on Izagirre! †
  2. 17 hours 24. Rodriguez Martinez at 7″ Evenepoel at 9″ Izagirre Mas Bilbao .
  3. 17h23. Now Roglic comes in: 1’16”. A wiped sign.  .
  4. 17h23. Thanks to the bonuses, Martinez may become the leader. Just wait a little longer. The Spanish direction let us down.  †
  5. 17h 22. It’s a chaotic finish. Vlasov still crashes with Vingegaard, Martinez is 2nd for Evenepoel. Then who is the leader? †
  6. 17h 22. Rodriguez wins! Rodriguez almost falls silent. But he wins! †
  7. 17 hours 21. Evenepoel checks from the saddle. Vlasov turns on.  †
  8. 17h 21. 200 meters to go. The wet road surface makes this thing even more heavy. †
  9. 5 p.m. 8 p.m. The margin seems wide enough. Evenepoel and cronies also start climbing the wall.  †
  10. 5 pm 20. Rodriguez is now turning on. Let the trouble begin.  †
  11. Last km. Rodriguez steams under the triangle of the last kilometer. Can we write him down? It’s a bouncer that counts.  † 17 h 19.
  12. 17 hours 18. We sneak to the last wall. That is a rotten thing with a peak of up to 16 percent. †
  13. 5 p.m. 16. Another 3 kilometers. Rodriguez Evenepoel and co op 31″ Roglic and co op 1’32” It is now starting to drip. †
  14. 17h15. Roglic loses the yellow card: he owes 1 minute. Who will be his heir apparent? Evenepoel? Martinez? Vingegaard? Bilbao? Vlasov? †
  15. 5 pm 12. In Evenepoel’s group they are also looking at each other a bit too much. The stage win seems to end up in Rodriguez’s basket.  †
  16. 5 p.m. 10. Another 6 kilometers. Rodriguez does not despair. If he doesn’t have a monumental breakdown, he can claim this flattered victory. With a little shame on the cheeks? The yellow is going in the direction of Evenepoel for the time being, but the final kilometer can still thwart all plans.  †
  17. 5 p.m. 08. Poor Soler is caught by Evenepoel and tutti quanti. Rodriguez group Evenepoel on 32″ group Roglic on 1’07”.
  18. 5 p.m. 06. Rodriguez, who has saved himself tens of kilometers, now descends towards the finish. That killer final kilometer awaits him there. The group with Evenepoel does not immediately come closer.  †