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Warren Barguil wins Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Warren Barguil (FRA - Team Arkea Samsic) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

A happy Warren Barguil after his victory at the GP Indurain (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Warren Barguil (FRA - Team Arkea Samsic) - Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS - Bora - Hansgrohe) - Simon Clarke (AUS - Israel - Premier Tech) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Aleksandr Vlasov thought he had it but Warren Barguil came on strong in the final sprint (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Warren Barguil (FRA - Team Arkea Samsic) - Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS - Bora - Hansgrohe) - Simon Clarke (AUS - Israel - Premier Tech) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Warren Barguil charges to the win at the GP Miguel Indurain (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS - Bora - Hansgrohe) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacks (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Marc Hirschi (SUI - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Marc Hirschi went without legwarmers in the snow (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Peloton - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

UAE Team Emirates lead the peloton as the snow falls (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Felix Grossschartner (AUT - Bora - Hansgrohe) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

A cold Felix Grossschartner (Bora - Hansgrohe) (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Crash - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

A crash between two Lotto Soudal riders (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Peloton - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Snow blankets the farmland along the route (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Scenery - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

The sun eventually came out for the GP Indurain (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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GP Miguel Indurain 2022 - 31st Edition - Estella Lizarra - Estella Lizarra 203,2 km - 02/04/2022 - Kristian Aasvold (NOR - Human Powered Health) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Kristian Aasvold (Human Powered Health) on the attack (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) came late in a hectic downhill sprint to win the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain.

The one-day race was reduced to 192km, with several key climbs removed from the route due to overnight snow and cold conditions in the Basque Country. However, it remained a race for the climbers with the late steep climb above the finish in Estella sparking late attacks.

Alexis Vuillermoz (TotalEnergies) got away with Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) but other riders joined them on the twisting descent to the finish, with riders spread across the road as they sprint to the line.

Barguil came off the wheels and timed his final kick to perfection to beat Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech).

"It was a very close sprint but I had the speed to win it. I'm always ready for a final sprint and I'm really happy I was able to pull it off," Barguil said.

"I wasn't confident about the race going ahead but in the end, it wasn't that cold and I felt good. It turned out to be a good day."

Riders and teams awoke to a thick covering of snow 24 hours after seeing their colleagues experience the same wintry conditions in Belgium before the Tour of Flanders.

However, this was a race day and the show must go on. Fortunately, the race organisers agreed to cut the three major climbs of the race: the Guirguillano, Lezáun and Eraúl but that still left 2400m to climb around Estella, in the autonomous community of Navarre in northern Spain.

The race started under heavy rain and the peloton remained together for the opening 40km.

Paul Lapeira (AG2R Citroën), the USA's Stephen Bassett (Human Powered Health), Jon Barrenetxea (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Alex Martin (Eolo-Kometa), Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel – Euskadi), Rafael Reis (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor), Oscar Cabedo (Burgos-BH), Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Ivan Cobo (Equipo Kern Pharma) then formed the break of he day and opened a gap of three minutes, with local team Movistar and UAE Team Emirates leading the peloton.

Bahrain Victorious and then Arkea-Samsic also joined the chase with 60km to go, with the break's lead falling to 1:30 as a consequence.  Bassett tried a solo attack but was soon brought back before the peloton arrived to race aggressively on the hilly finishing circuits.

Enric Mas (Movistar) sparked an attack on the first climb above Estella, with Gorka Izagirre (Cofidis) also aggressive. They were joined by Luis León Sánchez, Jefferson Cepeda, Victor Lafay and Aleksandr Vlasov. However, the peloton chased them down at the start of the last lap.

On the final climb, with just 2.5km to go, Latour attacked first and was joined by an impressive-looking Hirschi. However, the technical descent and the television motorbike slowing the move meant their lead was reduced and a small, select group formed for the downhill sprint.

Clarke and Vlasov hit out first but Barguil came from behind with speed to hit the line first and give Arkea-Samsic their eighth victory of 2022.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 4:57:49
2Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
3Simon Clarke (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
4Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) TotalEnergies
5Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroen Team
6Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies
7Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis
8Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
9Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
10Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
11Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:03
12Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
13Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:06
14Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
15Edoardo Zambanini (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:11
16Roger Adria Oliveras (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:14
17Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:00:18
18Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 0:00:20
19Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
20Igor Arrieta Lizarraga (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:25
21Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
22Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor
24Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
25Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:28
26Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Astana Qazaqstan Team
27Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
28Valentin Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 0:00:31
29Gavin Mannion (USA) Human Powered Health
30Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
31Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:00:38
32Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:00:39
33Kyle Murphy (USA) Human Powered Health 0:00:43
34Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
35Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
36Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:46
37Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:00:49
38Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:50
39Javier Romo Oliver (Spa) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:00:55
40Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 0:01:08
41Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:01:13
42Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:31
43Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
44Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
45Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
46Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Movistar Team
47Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel-Premier Tech 0:01:43
48Fabien Grellier (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:01:47
49Fabien Doubey (Fra) TotalEnergies
50Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:55
51Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 0:02:33
52Victor Langellotti (Mon) Burgos-BH 0:03:27
53Sergio Garcia Gonzalez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
54Asier Etxeberria Zafra (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:29
55Pedro Silva (Por) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor
56Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
57Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) TotalEnergies
58Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
59Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel-Premier Tech
60Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
61David Lozano Riba (Spa) Novo Nordisk
62Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
63Daniel Jimenez Martinez (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
64Péter Kusztor (Hun) Novo Nordisk
65Winner Anacona (Col) Arkea-Samsic
66Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
67Alessandro Fancellu (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
68Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 0:03:32
69Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
70Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
71Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
72Dayer Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic
73Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
74Alan Jousseaume (Fra) TotalEnergies
75Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
76Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Movistar Team
77Diego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
78Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:42
79Daniel Alejandro Mendez Noreña (Col) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:03:47
80Antonio Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:03:49
81Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:03:50
82Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:54
83Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
84Felix Gall (Aut) AG2R Citroen Team
85Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
86Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech 0:04:00
87Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:19
88Sergio Araiz Michel (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:05:48
89Michel Ries (Lux) Arkea-Samsic 0:05:54
90Unai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
91Viktor Verschaeve (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:06:00
92Sam Brand (GBr) Novo Nordisk 0:07:57
93Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis
94Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
95Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
96David Martin (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:08:00
97Daniel Viegas (Por) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
98Alex Martin Gutierrez (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
99Alejandro Ropero Molina (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
100Stephen Bassett (USA) Human Powered Health
101Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:08:08
102Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:08:20
103Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:09:32
104Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:09:36
105Rafael Reis (Por) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor 0:13:23
106Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Human Powered Health 0:17:57
DNS Alexander Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH
DNS Derek Gee (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
DNF Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNF Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNF Ivan Cobo Cayon (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
DNF Afonso Eulálio (Por) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor
DNF Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor
DNF Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor
DNF Ben King (USA) Human Powered Health
DNF Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
DNF Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal
DNF Isaac Canton Serrano (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Franklin Chacon Ortega (Ven) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Erik Martorell Haga (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Eduardo Perez-Landaluce Gonzalez (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Raul Rota Rus (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Miquel Valls Alemany (Spa) Manuela Fundacion
DNF Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Stephen Clancy (Irl) Novo Nordisk
DNF Lucas Daugé (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Logan Lakota Phippen (USA) Novo Nordisk
DNF Filippo Ridolfo (Ita) Novo Nordisk
DNF Jeremy Cabot (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNF Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
DNF João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates

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Stephen Farrand

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and Cycling Weekly, among other publications.

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