Primoz Roglic: It's not just me and Pogacar at Itzulia Basque Country

BILBAO SPAIN APRIL 05 Podium Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 1 a 139km individual time trial from Bilbao to Bilbao Mask Covid safety measures Trophy Flowers itzulia ehitzulia ITT on April 05 2021 in Bilbao Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Primož Roglič celebrates on the podium after winning stage 1 and taking the race lead (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

At the opening stage at Itzulia Basque Country, an early start, a devastatingly solid time trial performance and a patient three-hour wait in the hot seat concluded with an impressive time trial and the lead to boot for Jumbo-Visma leader Primož Roglič.

The Slovenian, who now has three time trial victories at the race on his palmarès, finished just two seconds up on his closest pursuer, former junior World Champion Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates).

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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.