Primoz Roglic wins Itzulia Basque Country

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) went on the attack to expose, crack and distance Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) to secure overall victory at the Itzulia Basque Country race during the final hilly stage 6 to Arrate.  

Roglič got away from UAE Team Emirates mid-stage and produced a gutsy brave ride to take overall victory. 

Tadej Pogačar tried to pace McNulty in the pursuit of Roglič but then abandoned the American when he suffered on the steep Krabelin climb, to start a chase of his fellow Slovenian and a podium place, with other riders sitting on his wheel all the way to the finish.  

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) went on the attack on the final climb and then took the stage victory with Roglič happy to finish just behind him, also with his arms in the air, having won overall. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) was also in the move but was cruelly distanced on the climb to the finish atop Arrate and finished out of the top ten. 

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) brought home the chase group, just ahead of Pogačar at 35 seconds but Roglič had stolen the day. In the final overall classification, he finished 52 seconds ahead of his Jumbo-Visma teammate Jonas Vingegaard, who marked Pogačar all the way to the finish to take second place. He also won the best young rider prize, with Jumbo-Visma taking all the jersey and team classification.   

Pogačar got some reward for his chasing, finishing third overall at 1:07. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers ) was fourth at 1:26, one second ahead of Gaudu.

"I’m incredibly happy to win this stage in the Basque Country. I haven’t had a major win for a while. It doesn't happen everyday that you finish with Primož Roglič, he’s such a strong rider and his work was very important for my win,” Gaudu said after exchanging a hug with the Slovenian after their double victory.   

“It was a hard day out there. I was very motivated for it and with the help from my team, we got the cake in the end.” 

How it unfolded

With 3,200 metres of climbing in just 112km of racing over seven categorised climbs, the final stage was always going to be explosive and decisive for overall victory. It was no surprise that most teams warmed-up on the rollers for the fast start and intense racing.

The two short early climbs inspired several attacks, with Carthy especially active. An early break formed but the speed was so high they were not allowed to get away and other riders used every opportunity to jump across and swell the numbers up front. The attacks were a clear warning of what was to come.  

Over the top of the Azurki climb after 23km, Enric Mas (Movistar), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Patrick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Hugh Carthy (EF), Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen), Omar Fraile (Astana-Premier Tech) and Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma) created a serious attack and had UAE worried.  

Next up was the Elosua-Gorla climb after 35km and the battle for GC turned very serious. 

Mark Padun (Bahrain) and Carlos Verona (Movistar) were the first to get across, indicating the UAE pace was not very fast. Then Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and more importantly Sam Oomen (Jumbo-Visma) went across. UAE sent Marc Hirschi to mark the moves but that left just Diego Ulissi and Rafa Majka to help with the chase.

The climb hurt, with just 30 or so riders up front, but the big surprise came over the top and on the fast descent with 70km to race. Astana upped the pace and Roglič made sure he was on their wheels, while McNulty and Pogačar hesitated and were caught too far back. 

Suddenly the fight for the GC was on and Roglič sensed his chance. 

Other riders came across to them and with Fraile riding flat out for Izagirre, Movistar for Valverde and Bahrain for Mikel Landa, they distanced McNulty and Pogačar and closed in on the early break. By the time the descent was over, the gap was up to 20 seconds. It was the moment the race was lost.

With alarm bells ringing at UAE Team Emirates, they called back Hirschi to help with the chase. However it was a high-speed pursuit match and the Pogačar group was stronger and more determined. The gap went up to 30 seconds on the valley road. Pogačar took over the chase but the gap would never fall again.

Pogačar worked to help McNulty but the young American’s current ability was cruelly exposed on the steep Krabelin climb. He lost contact on the steepest middle sector and Pogačar was told via team radio to push on alone. His problem was that he had already worked in the pursuit and was 30 seconds behind.

He reduced the gap to 20 seconds at the summit but Roglič attacked to slim down his group, weather only Gaudu and Carthy able to hold the pace. They worked together on the descent and valley roads as Pogačar could only pick up stragglers and freeloaders.  

Up front Roglič used his trialing skills to push out his lead and also swept up six bonus seconds at the two intermediate sprints. Gauydu and Carthy sat but even began to share the work when the gap reached a minute, knowing their reward would be a chance of the stage victory. 

As the kilometres to the final climb ticked down, Pogačar tried to lead the chase but the gap stayed at a minute as his frustrations grew. Valverde attacked several times on the rolling roads near Ermua but he was brought back, with only Adam Yates helping Pogačar with the work. 

Behind McNulty valiantly tried to chase and was in reach of the Pogačar group for a while but then suffered and slipped to 1:30 behind. He was at 3:00 when the final climb started.

As soon as the Arrate climb began to hurt, Gaudu accelerated away, cracking Carthy. Roglič managed to get on his wheel and suddenly, with Pogačar at 55 seconds, the outcome of the stage and the race was clear. 

The two rode together on the climb, agreeing a sharing of the spoils rather than attacking each other. 

After losing overall victory at the Tour de France to Pogačar in the final time trial and then losing Paris-Nice on the final day due to crashes, Roglič did what others had done to him and pulled off an impressive final stage victory.

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Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 3:05:42
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:35
4Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
5Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
6Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
7Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:03
8Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange 0:01:05
9Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:55
11Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
12Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:57
13Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:59
14Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis 0:02:47
15James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:42
16Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:05
17Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech 0:04:21
18Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:40
19Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team
20Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:05:21
21Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:06:02
22Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:07:49
23Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:07:57
24Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious 0:08:09
25Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:11:26
26Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
27Jose Felix Parra Cuerda (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:11:30
28Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:11:31
29Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:11:57
30Roger Adria Oliveras (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
31Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis
32Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
33Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
34Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Total Direct Energie
35Felix Gall (Aut) Team DSM 0:12:00
36Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:12:23
37Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
38Daryl Impey (RSA) Israel Start-up Nation
39Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
40Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
41Mauro Schmid (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos
42Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
43Fabio Aru (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
44Fabien Doubey (Fra) Total Direct Energie
45Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
46Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie
47Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
48Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
49Mark Donovan (GBr) Team DSM
50Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
51Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange
52Daniel Navarro (Spa) Burgos-BH
53Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R Citroën Team
54Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:58
55Jon Agirre Egaña (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
56Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates 0:13:02
57Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:13:08
58Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
59Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
60Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team 0:13:11
61Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:13:12
62Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos-BH
63Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
64Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:14:02
65Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:14:45
66Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:15:32
67Raul Garcia Pierna (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
68Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:15:43
69Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
70Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team
71Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM
72Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
73Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Team BikeExchange
74Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-up Nation 0:17:56
75Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:18:18
76Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
77Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
78Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
79Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
80Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
81Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana-Premier Tech
82Eddie Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers
83Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange
84Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
85Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
86Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
87Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
88Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
89Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
90Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
91Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos
92Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
93Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
94Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
95Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 0:18:58
96Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:19:07
97Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:19:08
98Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team
99Romain Combaud (Fra) Team DSM
100Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 0:19:10
101Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:19:12
102Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
103Ander Okamika Bengoetxea (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:19:40
OTLJuan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Burgos-BH
DNSSimon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNSCarlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFIde Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFDion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
DNFValerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFMiles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
DNFHéctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFJonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education-Nippo
DNFDiego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
DNFAlex Howes (USA) EF Education-Nippo
DNFMagnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
DNFNicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAlexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNFToms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFJosef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFIan Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFMatthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
DNFSébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFTomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
DNFStefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
DNFAndrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFThéo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFAlexander Evans (Aus) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFAndreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
DNFMartijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFBen Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
DNFRafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFJon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFJon Irisarri Ricon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFOier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFJulien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFUrko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
DNFUnai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
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Sprint 1 - Markina - Xemein, 82km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 10
2David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 6
3Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 4
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Sprint 2 - Ermua, 100km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 10
2David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 6
3Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 4
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Finish
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 25
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 20
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 16
4Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 14
5Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 12
6Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 10
7Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 9
8Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange 8
9Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 7
10Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 6
11Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 5
12Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 4
13Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 3
14Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis 2
15James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1
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Mountain 1 - Arribinieta, 4.8km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team 3
2Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 2
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech 1
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Mountain 2 - Elkorrieta, 12.1km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 3
2Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 2
3Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange 1
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Mountain 3 - Azurki, 23.5km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 10
2Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 8
3Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 6
4Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 4
5Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 2
6Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 1
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Mountain 4 - Elosua-Gorla, 43.7km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 6
2Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 4
3Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 2
4Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team 1
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Mountain 5 - Krabelin, 68.3km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 10
2David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 8
3Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 6
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 4
5Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 2
6Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 1
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Mountain 6 - Trabakua, 90.5km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 3
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 2
3David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 1
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Mountain 7 - Usartza, 109.5km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 10
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 8
3Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 6
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