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The penultimate stage of Itzulia Basque Country brings the peloton from Hondarriba to Ondarroa, and although there are three category 3 ascents along the way, this does not advertise itself as an obvious day for the GC men. “A priori, this is the ‘easiest’ stage of Itzulia, a stage where, if there are some sprinters, they will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to control things and set up a sprint," said technical director Roberto Laiseka. "On paper, the men in the general classification will be able to take it easier.”

Then again, anything can happen on any given day at Itzulia Basque Country and the margins, as ever, are tight atop the overall standings. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) seized the race lead yesterday, and he carries an advantage of 23 seconds over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) into today's stage.

The peloton is gathering on the start line for stage 5, which gets underway at 13.29 local time. 

General classification after stage 4

1          Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates        12:25:21

2          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma    0:00:23

3          Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma          0:00:28

4          Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious            0:00:36

5          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates     0:00:43

6          Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:02

7          Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  0:01:07

8          Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team     0:01:13

9          Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech       0:01:15

10        Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious          0:01:23

11        Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep     0:01:32

12        Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe      

13        Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo     0:01:42

14        Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:44

15        Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange   

16        David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ    0:01:52

17        Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM     0:01:58

18        James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep   0:02:01

19        Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie        0:02:02

20        Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo      0:02:33

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-156km

Victor de la Parte (Total Direct Energie) is a non-starter. The Spaniard hurt his knee in a crash on stage 2 and the injury has prevented him from starting today's stage. 

Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-Citroen) is also a non-starter today. The Frenchman didn't start his season until last week's Cholet Pays de Loire due a knee injury and his withdrawal here is another setback ahead of the Ardennes Classics.

-148km

There has been a rapid start to proceedings, but no break has formed as yet. There have been at least two crashes, however, with Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Carlos Canal (Burgos-BH) and Georg Zimmerman (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) among the riders involved.

-145km

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Andrey Amador (Ineos) attack and open a small gap over the peloton.

Some other riders are trying to make it across to this quintet, which looks to be establishing itself out in front. Meanwhile, Georg Zimmerman (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) has abandoned the race after his earlier crash.

-142km

Break:

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Andrey Amador (Ineos)

Peloton at 1:50

Lone chaser Andreas Leknessund (DSM) is somewhere in the no man's land between the break and the peloton. The last time check had him 40 seconds down on the five men out in front.

Israel Start-Up Nation are setting the tempo in the peloton behind the break, which now has a lead of two minutes. 

After his canny attack yesterday, Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) is the first American to lead the Tour of the Basque Country since Chris Horner in 2010. The Arizonan will expect to defend the jersey this afternoon but he knows he will face an onslaught from Jumbo-Visma on Saturday's finale stage. "The final day is a real showdown, it'll be super hard all day and I hope I have legs for the finale," McNulty said. "But we've got Tadej [Pogacar] as well and we'll do our best to defend the jersey." Alasdair Fotheringham has more here.

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-126km

Break: 

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Andrey Amador (Ineos)

  

Chaser at 0:40:

Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 2:12

-119km

Leknessund is sticking grimly to his task and he is chipping away at the advantage of the break, which he has cut back to 27 seconds. The peloton, meanwhile, is a further two minutes back, with Israel Start-Up Nation, EF Education-Nippo and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA occupying the front positions. 

Although Jumbo-Visma lost the overall lead yesterday, directeur sportif Grischa Niermann insisted the scenario was not an altogether negative one ahead of Saturday’s demanding finale to Arrate. “Of course, we’d always rather have the jersey, but we can’t control everything and for us a situation like this is also really good for the big stage on Saturday,” Niermann said. “We were talking about this scenario that could happen – but there are two riders who are a lot stronger uphill here and that’s Primož and Pogačar.” Alasdair Fotheringham has more here.

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-110km

And then there were six... After a spirited chase of what seemed like a lost cause, Andreas Leknessund (DSM) has joined Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Andrey Amador (Ineos). This sextet has two minutes on the peloton.

-103km

The escapees are on the unclassified ascent towards Itziar still with a lead of two minutes or so over the peloton. 

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) returned to action this week at Itzulia Basque Country following the crash that forced him to abandon Paris-Nice. The Briton’s training was limited in the build-up to the race and he has ridden here in support of Adam Yates. "For sure it's early to be racing again, I had two weeks off training but in reality, it was a bit more, to be honest as the first bit [of riding again] was indoors," Geoghegan Hart told Cyclingnews. "I only really did one full week of training before this so it's been a hard first few days, we're at the height of the season here with guys coming off of Tirreno and Paris-Nice but that's how it goes.” Alasdair Fotheringham has more here.

Tao Geoghegan Hart was back racing at the Itzulia Basque Country

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-94km

Break:

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 2:30

There are three category 3 climbs on the agenda this afternoon, starting with the ascent of Medexa (1.7km at 7.7%) after 89km. Gontzagaraiagana (2.6km at 6.5%) comes with 45km to go, while the summit of Ukaregi (5km at 4.8%) comes with 29km remaining.

-84km

Break:

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 2:20

Away from the Basque Country, it was confirmed yesterday that both Jai Hindley and Romain Bardet will ride the Tour of the Alps later this month after Team DSM were given a late invitation to the race. Bardet and Hindley have yet to confirm their Grand Tour plans for 2021, but this addition to their race programme would appear to indicate that at least one of them will line out in the Giro d'Italia. A number of confirmed Giro participants are already fine-tuning their form at Itzulia Basque Country, including race leader Brandon McNulty, Mikel Landa, Emanuel Buchmann and Bauke Mollema.

-72km

The leaders Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM) are approaching the day's first classified climb to Medexa with a lead of 2:23 over the peloton.

Israel Start-Up Nation, Team BikeExchange and EF Education First lead the peloton for the time being, with an eye to the chances of men like Daryl Impey, Dion Smith and Magnus Cort.

-67km

Break: 

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 2:30

It's been an untroubled first day in yellow thus far for Brandon McNulty, who sits behind a delegation of UAE Team Emirates teammates near the head of the peloton. 

The race passed through Ondarroa for the first time before the climb of Medexa and now the route takes the riders inland for a loop over the climbs of Gontzagaraiagana and Ukaregi before they return to the coastal town for the finish. 

Colombian champion Sergio Higuita rides on the front of the peloton for EF Education-Nippo. The gap between the break and the peloton is stable for the time being, but we can expect the intensity to rise considerably over the day's final two climbs before the fast run-in to the finish.

-57km

Damien Howson has also been prominent on the front of the peloton, where five teams have been contributing: BikeExchange, EF Education-Nippo, Israel Start-Up Nation, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Euskaltel-Euskadi.

-55km

Break: 

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 2:02

Astana join the chase effort in the peloton as the gap drops inside two minutes. The bunch is passing through Aulesti ahead of the day's second classified climb, the category 3 ascent of Gontzagaraiagana (2.6km at 6.5%).

-49km

The six leaders are on the lower slopes of Gontzagaraiagana with an advantage of 1:46 over the peloton. Back in the peloton, meanwhile, Simon Geschke (Cofidis) rides with torn kit following his earlier crash but he can manage a smile and a wave when the television motorbike draws up alongside him. 

Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes over in the break as the climb begins in earnest. The Dutchman performed strongly at the GP Larciano last month, where he placed 5th. 

Andreas Leknessund (DSM) pays a price, perhaps, for his long spell of chasing to make it into the day's break, and he is distanced.

Tomasz Marcynski (Lotto Soudal) crashes at low speed at the rear of the peloton and comes off, but the Pole quickly remounts and rejoins the fray.

-45km

Andrey Amador takes up the reins in the break near the top of the climb, still with Schelling, Bernard, Honore and Cerny for company. Leknessund, meanwhile, looks to be battling his way back on.

The peloton crests the summit of Gontzagaraiagana 1:28 down on the break, which again features six riders after Leknessund successfully latches back on.

-42km

Break:

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Andreas Leknessund (DSM)

Peloton at 1:28

-37km

Astana are massed at the head of the peloton, with Stefan de Bod leading the way. A delegation from UAE Team Emirates is also positioned towards the front, including Pogacar, Marc Hirschi, Rafal Majka and the race leader McNulty. 

The race is currently on wide and lightly descending roads ahead of the day's final classified climb to Ukaregi (5km at 4.8%), which begins shortly.

While the race profile suggests a relatively flat run-in, our man in the Basque Country Alasdair Fotheringham warns that the roads are rather more demanding in practice, with plenty of twists and turns, as well as a sharp kick upwards just before the final kilometres. The break might yet be brought back before the finish, but this finale is by no means ideally suited to a sprint.

-33km

The break hits the climb of Ukaregi and, once again, Leknessund is distanced. And, once again, the Norwegian is refusing to give up and he is battling to stay within sight of his companions.

Team Bike Exchange lead the peloton on the lower slopes of the climb and now Sergio Higuita injects a bit of pace for EF Education-Nippo. The gap drops a little, to 1:16.

Israel Start-Up Nation, Astana, Team BikeExchange and Caja Rural-Sergos RGA are all keen to push on the pace on this climb. UAE Team Emirates are queued up just behind them, but there is no sign of Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma for the time being. 

-31km

There are almost 3km of climbing to go and the break's lead is starting to melt. The gap drops inside one minute for the first time. 

The speed continues to rise in the peloton, where several riders have been jettisoned out the back on this climb. The break's lead drops a little more to 54 seconds.

Jefferson Cepeda sets the tempo in the bunch for Caja Rural. McNulty looks comfortable sitting amid a UAE Team Emirates delegation, while Roglic sits a few wheels further back in the green jersey.

Andreas Leknessund (DSM) has been caught by the peloton, while up ahead, the break is splintering, as the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of Cerny and Honore force the pace. Bernard is the only man who can follow, with Amador and Schelling distanced.

Honore and Cerny manage to push clear of Bernard in the final kilometre of the climb, but the Frenchman is battling to stay in touch and he looks as though he will regain contact with them over the other side. 

-28km

Cerny leads his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Honore over the top, with BErnard rejoining them just as the road flattens out.

Further down the road, Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) has attacked from the peloton but he surely won't get too far alone given the pace behind him.

-27km

Break:

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo)

Chasers:

Andrey Amador (Ineos) and Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peloton at 1:08

-22km

Astana's Basque pair of Alex Aranburu and Omar Fraile make the most of their local knowledge to scarper away from the peloton on this technical descent. Herrada was brought back over the top of the climb, as were Amador and Schelling, and it appears that the Astana tandem is now the second group on the road.

-21km

Break: 

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo)

 

Chasers at 0:49:

Alex Aranburu (Astana Premier Tech) and Omar Fraile (Astana Premier Tech)

Peloton at 1:05

Aranburu and Fraile have a lead of about 15 seconds over the peloton as they come off the descent and the road flattens out. There are plenty of twists and turns - and dips and rises - on this run-in, and it remains to be seen if any one team will be able or willing to take command of the peloton to try to set up a group sprint.

-19km

Out in front, Honore and Cerny are pushing on the pace, but Bernard is contributing his share too. They still have 48 seconds in hand on the Astana pairing, while UAE Team Emirates lead the peloton. None of the riders in front are a threat to Brandon McNulty's overall lead, and UAE won't be altogether displeased by the current lie of the land.

-17km

The Astana duo recouped some ground on the escapees as they scorched their way down that technical descent, but their progress has arrested since the road has flattened out. The gap remains stable at 48 seconds, with the peloton another 15 seconds or so further back.

Israel Start-Up Nation and BikeExchange have taken up the pace-making duties in the peloton once again but it might be too late. They are now 1:35 down on the leaders Honore, Cerny and Bernard.

-15km

Break:

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo)

 

Chasers at 0:40:

Alex Aranburu (Astana Premier Tech) and Omar Fraile (Astana Premier Tech)

 

Peloton at 1:32

Euskaltel-Euskadi are also contributing to the chase once again, but the trio out in front are combining well and still riding strongly.

-12km

Aranburu and Fraile are losing ground once again. The Basque duo are 54 seconds down on the three leaders, while the peloton has closed to 1:19.

Israel Start-Up Nation, BikeExchange, Euskaltel-Euskadi and Caja Rural lead the peloton, but no sign as yet of EF Education-Nippo, who were prominent in organising the chase earlier in the stage. 

-10km

Out in front, Julien Bernard is, for the time being at least, content to collaborate with his Deceuninck-QuickStep companions Mikkel Honoré and Josef Cerny, but that will surely change as they draw closer to the finish.

-9km

Break:

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo)

 

Chasers at 1:00:

Alex Aranburu (Astana Premier Tech) and Omar Fraile (Astana Premier Tech)

 

Peloton at 1:16

EF Education-Nippo have rejoined the pursuit at the head of the peloton, 1:13 down on the trio of leaders and 10 seconds or so behind the Astana pair of Aranburu and Fraile.

-7km

Bernard has been generous with his efforts to this point but the Frenchman is now understandably keen to compel the Deceuninck-QuickStep pair of Honore and Cerny to perform the bulk of the pace-making.

-6.5km

Break:

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Josef Cerny (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo)

 

Chasers at 1:03:

Alex Aranburu (Astana Premier Tech) and Omar Fraile (Astana Premier Tech)

 

Peloton at 1:11

-6km

Mikkel Honoré looks the anointed one for Deceuninck-QuickStep, with Cerny doing the majority of the pace-making in the front group on this run-in. 

-5km

Aranburu and Fraile ignited this stage with their two-pronged attack on the final descent, but they have been brought back by the peloton, which is still 1:03 down on the three leaders.

-4.7km

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attacks on a drag on the approach to the finish and opens a gap. Cerny sees that Bernard can't follow and he opts to bridge across to his teammate...

-4km

Two Deceuninck-QuickStep men at the head of the race: Mikkel Honoré and Josef Cerny look destined to decide the honours between them, even if Bernard is still chasing behind. The peloton is still almost a minute back.

-3km

Total Direct Energie come to the front of the peloton en masse, but it's too little, too late. Honoré and Cerny are still 55 seconds clear. 

-2km

Mikkel Honoré and Josef Cerny both look to be pedalling smoothly as they tackle the final rise of the stage. Bernard is somewhere in the no-man's land between the break and the bunch, now battling to hold on to third place.

-1.5km

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Premier Tech) attacks from the peloton on the final rise but he doesn't get very far. 

-1km

Mikkel Honoré and Josef Cerny carry a lead of 36 seconds over the peloton into the final kilometre of the stage...

Honore and Cerny have time to shake hands and bump fists as they make their way towards the finish line together. 

Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 5 of Itzulia Basque Country ahead of his teammate Josef Cerny.

Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) holds on for third at 16 seconds. 

Daryl Impey (Israel Start-Up Nation) wins the sprint for fourth at 29 seconds.

Result

1 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 3:39:54
2 Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:28
5 Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
6 Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
7 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
8 Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9 Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
10 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates

The Deceuninck-QuickStep pair of Honore and Cerny didn't contest the sprint, with the Czech leaving the honour of stage victory to his teammate. 

ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Arrival Josef Cerny of Czech Republic Mikkel Honor of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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General classification

1 Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 16:05:43
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:23
3 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:28
4 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:36
5 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:43
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:07
7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:13
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:15
9 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:23
10 Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:32

Mikkel Honoré speaks after his second victory of 2021. The Dane already won the final stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in Forlì, where he placed second overall behind his fellow countryman Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “Cerny deserved to be here on the podium too, but unfortunately he can’t. We raced like it was a one-day race, we wanted to go in the breakaway, and we succeeded in that. Then we kept a high pace the whole race and we got away on the last climb. I’m for sure very happy with this win. It’s super special, especially the way we did it. That makes it an even more important victory for me.”

ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Julien Bernard of France and Team Trek Segafredo Mikkel Honor of Denmark Josef Cerny of Czech Republic and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Julien Bernard of France and Team Trek Segafredo during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Julien Bernard did well to respond to the Deceuninck-QuickStep pairing over the top of the final climb but he was unable follow their one-two attack in the finale and had to settle for third. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

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Brandon McNulty retains the overall lead ahead of Saturday's final stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Podium Mikkel Honore of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Podium Brandon Mcnulty of United States and UAE Team Emirates Yellow Leader Jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Mask Covid Safety Measures itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Podium Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Green Points Jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Mask Covid Safety Measures itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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Brandon McNulty retains his lead of 23 seconds over Primoz Roglic ahead of Saturday's tough final stage, with Jonas Vingegaard a further 5 seconds back in third and Tadej Pogacar still very much in the hunt in 5th place at 43 seconds.

General classification

1 Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 16:05:43
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:23
3 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:28
4 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:36
5 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:43
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:07
7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:13
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:15
9 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:23
10 Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:32

Thanks for following our live coverage on Cyclingnews this afternoon from Iztulia Basque Country. A full report, results and pictures from today's stage are available here, and we'll be back with coverage of tomorrow's finale.

ONDARROA SPAIN APRIL 09 Arrival Josef Cerny of Czech Republic Mikkel Honor of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 5 a 1602km stage from Hondarribia to Ondarroa Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 09 2021 in Ondarroa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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