Will Primoz Roglic demolish the field again in Itzulia Basque Country?

ARRATE EIBAR SPAIN APRIL 10 Podium Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen of Denmark and Team Jumbo Visma Blue best young jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 6 a 1119km stage from Ondarroa to Arrate Eibar 535m Mask Covid safety measures Txapela Trophy Trophy Flowers itzulia ehitzulia on April 10 2021 in Arrate Eibar Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
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A year after Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) pulled off one of the most dramatic week-long stage racing successes of 2021 by defeating Brandon McNulty and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) at the Itzulia Basque Country, the defending champion will be hot favourite this year for a third overall victory as well.

Last April, with UAE’s Brandon McNulty looking set to battle for the triumph and Pogačar already a stage winner and acting as the American’s key lieutenant, on the last day on a seemingly inoffensive downhill section, Roglič launched what proved to be a devastatingly effective long distance attack.

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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.

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