Pogacar gaining on Roglic at Itzulia Basque Country

Cycling: Itzulia 2021/ Vuelta País Vasco 2021 / Etapa 3 / Stage 3 /
Amurrio - Ermualde (167,70 km) 07-04-2021/
Itzulia 2021/ Vuelta País Vasco 2021 / Etapa 3 / Stage 3 /
Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic attack on Ermaulde during stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

For the second day in a row, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took back time on his arch-rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at Itzulia Basque Country, beating his countryman to the line on the hilltop finish at Ermaulde and taking back four seconds to boot.

Punching his fist in the air as he roared across the finish line atop the brutal three-kilometre climb showed how much the win, his fifth of the season, mattered to the young Slovenian, even as Roglič shadowed him close behind.

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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.