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.
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.”