Aranburu outpowers favourites for impressive solo win in Itzulia Basque Country

CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Alex Aranburu Deba of Spain and Team Astana Premier Tech during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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A few hundred yards after the finish of the Itzulia Basque Country on Tuesday, that time-honoured cliche about gestures being worth a thousand words rang truer than ever as Astana teammates Alex Aranburu and Omar Fraile hugged each other and whooped in delight at their two-up victory.

The two Basques - Aranburu from the neighbouring Gipuzkoa province and Fraile from close to Bilbao himself - had played a flawless game of fending off each others' attacks until one of them, with Aranburu, had worked out to perfection.

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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.