Aggressive Pogacar pushes hard on Itzulia Basque Country stage 2

SESTAO SPAIN APRIL 06 Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda Ortiz of Ecuador and Team Caja RuralSeguros RGA Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Polka Dot Mountain Jersey David Gaudu of France and Team Groupama FDJ during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 2 a 1548km stage from Zalla to Sestao 48m itzulia ehitzulia on April 06 2021 in Sestao Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates, in the polka dot jersey, leads an attack on La Asturiana near the end of stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Defending Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar and his UAE Team Emirates teammate Brandon McNulty made a clear statement of intent on the second stage of Itzulia Basque Country in Sestao on Tuesday.

The duo, who lay fourth and fifth in the general classification after stage 1, piled a joint series of attacks on race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on the hardest climb of the day, the second-category La Asturiana climb 15 kilometres from the finish.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.