Roglic admits Pogacar's recon made a difference on stage 3 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 /
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Primož Roglič led the attacking on the hilltop finish of Ermualde on stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) remains in control of Itzulia Basque Country's overall classification but the Slovenian admitted afterwards he had been outmaneuvered by his younger rival Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) after stage 3 to Ermualde, the first of two summit finishes.

Roglič shadowed Pogačar closely on the climb each time the UAE Team Emirates racer tried to move ahead, and then when Roglič launched his own powerful acceleration 500 metres from the top, only Pogačar could follow.

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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.