Tour of the Basque Country: Buchmann wins stage 5

Emanuel Buchmann continued Bora-Hansgrohe's string of success with a brilliant solo victory during stage 5 at the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday. The German rider attacked on the penultimate ascent and held his gap up the slopes of Usartza before descending into the city of Arrate to take the win by a minute over the chase: runner-up Jon Izagirre (Astana), third-placed Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and fourth-placed Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).

Buchmann's dominant performance meant that he took the overall race lead from teammate Max Schachmann, who was distanced on the final climb. Buchmann now leads the race by 54 seconds over Ion Izagirre, while Schachmann, who won three stages, dropped to third place at 1:04 back.

"It's incredible. It's already the fourth stage win for us, and on the queen stage, and now with the leader's jersey, it's really cool," Buchmann said in a post-race flash interview.

"We will try everything tomorrow to defend the jersey. We have a really strong team here - maybe the strongest team in the race. Tomorrow will be another really hard day; everyone else will try and win this race so that it won't be easy. But we have a strong team, and I'm optimistic."

Usartza

The final climb of the Usartza was five kilometres with 12 per cent pitches half way up followed by lesser 8 per cent and 6 per cent grades all the way to the top before descending into Arrate.

Buchmann made his winning move on penultimate ascent Trabakua, and built his lead out to an almost impossible two minutes as he reached the base of the Usartza.

A chase group of 15 formed behind Buchmann that included many of the race favourites. Mikel Landa (Movistar) was the first to go, but Izagirre responded with Dani Martinez (EF Education First) on his wheel. The three gained only a small advantage, which was short-lived as Fuglsang led the chase and reconnected with them.

Although Schachmann held steady over the six climbs up until the Uzartza, he couldn't hold on any longer as the late-race attacks continued in pursuit of his teammate Buchmann.

Fuglsang was the next to go, and Landa was the first to chase, but Izagirre and Yates were quick to catch his back wheel. Yates and Izagirre jumped around Landa, and put distance on him, as they successful bridged across to Fuglsang.

The three were ultimately racing for second place, however, as Buchmann's gap held steady at 1:40 with 2km to the top.

Buchmann crested the climb and then dropped down into Arrate with the stage victory and became the new overall leader as Izagirre led the chase group across the line for second place and 1:08 back.

How it unfolded

The fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country was 150km from Arrigorriaga to Arrate, and the Queen stage, with seven categorized climbs: Morga (cat. 3 at 17km), Natxitua (cat. 3 at 53km), Bedaroma (cat. 3 at 58km), Arribinieta (cat. 3 at 87km), Izua (cat. 1 at 100km), Trabakua (cat. 3 at 120km) and the final ascent to the summit Usartza (cat. 1).

It was an aggressive start to the decisive race with several early but ultimately unsuccessful breakaway attempts.

A breakaway cleared the field over the top of the third climb, Bedaroma, with four men: Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Mikael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) and Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), but they were caught on the descent as teams Deceuninck-QuickStep set a fast pace at the front of the main field.

Deceuninck-QuickStep led the race over the fourth climb, Arribinieta, causing separations among the peloton. They ultimately set up their GC contender Enric Mas for a searing attack on the steeper slopes, which forced Astana to the fore to chase. A group of 20 chasers emerged behind Mas.

Mas started the day at 2:40 down in the overall classification, but the chasers tried desperately to bring him back on the descent. Once back in the fold, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) clipped off the front with the latter not working because his teammate Schachmann wore the leader's jersey in the group behind. Still, they gained 35 seconds, and then a minute with 51km to go.

A chase group of eight riders became established behind the two breakaway riders: Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Carlos Quintero (Manzana Postobon), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar).

The main GC favourites were in position in the reduced main field and as they approached the cat. 1 Izua, Bora-Hansgrohe moved forward to try and take control of the race, bringing back the eight chasers. It was a short climb at only 4km but with brutally steep 20 per cent pitches.

Mas launched several attacks on the way up that put Schachmann into difficulty, but after each surge, the overall leader managed to muster up enough strength to claw his way back into the group.

Up in the breakaway, Sanchez attacked and dropped Muhlberger as they reached the summit of Izua. And once back in the main field, Muhlberger was there to help Schachmann over the climb.

Sanchez struggled to maintain a gap, which led to his teammate Izagirre going on the attack next. As they reached the top of the climb, Astana's relentless blows caused Schachmann to lose contact with the leaders. Not by enough, however, and he was able to catch back on when the road flattened out.

A new breakaway of three emerged with Buchmann, Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), who pushed their lead out to one minute over the 15-rider chase group as they neared the next climb, cat. 3 Trabakua, 6.6km with max grades of 12 per cent.

Buchmann made his winning attack 3km from the top, and then flew down this descent at 75kph as his lead grew to 1:50. Henao and Madouas remained between the leader and the reduced main field of favourites led by Astana, until they were caught before the final climb up Usartza.

Buchmann hit the bottom of the Usartza, and with more than two minutes advantage, all he needed to take the stage win and the overall lead, while the chasers raced for the minor places on the podium.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe3:44:04
2Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:12
3Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:14
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:18
5Tadej Pogaar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:01:34
6Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:00
8Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:14
9Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 8 - Cell 2
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Daniel Martínez (Col) EF Education FirstRow 12 - Cell 2
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 13 - Cell 2
15David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:05
16Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 15 - Cell 2
17Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team0:03:23
18Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:39
19George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma0:03:46
20Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:04:13
22Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:04:10
23Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:04:34
24Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:36
25Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida0:04:55
26Carlos Julian Quintero Noreña (Col) Manzana Postobon0:05:59
27José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:53
28Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gregor Mülberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:13:13
30Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:15:20
31Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:15:15
32Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:15:20
33Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:19:25
34Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:19:41
35Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 35 - Cell 2
37Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 36 - Cell 2
38Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:20:58
40Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 39 - Cell 2
41Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 42 - Cell 2
44Fernando Barceló (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 43 - Cell 2
45Luis Ángel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 48 - Cell 2
50Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 56 - Cell 2
58Florian Stork (Ger) Team SunwebRow 57 - Cell 2
59Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Aurélien Paret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 61 - Cell 2
63Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Rubén Fernández (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 68 - Cell 2
70Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 69 - Cell 2
71Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 70 - Cell 2
72Aldemar Reyes Ortega (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 71 - Cell 2
73Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 72 - Cell 2
74Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 77 - Cell 2
79Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 78 - Cell 2
80Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 81 - Cell 2
83Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 82 - Cell 2
84Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education FirstRow 84 - Cell 2
86Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 85 - Cell 2
87Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-ScottRow 88 - Cell 2
90Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 92 - Cell 2
94Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 94 - Cell 2
96Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97David de la Cruz (Spa) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 97 - Cell 2
99José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 98 - Cell 2
100Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) CCC TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:16
103Óscar Rodríguez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 102 - Cell 2
104Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jesús Ezquerra (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 104 - Cell 2
106Darwin Atapuma (Col) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Team Dimension DataRow 106 - Cell 2
108Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 107 - Cell 2
109Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 108 - Cell 2
110Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 109 - Cell 2
111Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 110 - Cell 2
112Gari Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 111 - Cell 2
113Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Burgos-BHRow 112 - Cell 2
114Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 113 - Cell 2
115Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Jhonjan Orlando García (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 115 - Cell 2
117Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team SunwebRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alex Howes (USA) EF Education FirstRow 117 - Cell 2
119Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Yecid Arturo Sierra Sanchez (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 120 - Cell 2
122Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education FirstRow 121 - Cell 2
123Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BHRow 123 - Cell 2
125Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 125 - Cell 2
127Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:22:46
128Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data0:22:53
129Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 128 - Cell 2
130David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:23:17
131Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:23:34
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Sprint 1 - km 99.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team3pts
2Gregor Mülberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - km 121.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates3pts
2Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe25pts
2Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tadej Pogaar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Daniel Martínez (Col) EF Education First3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott2Row 13 - Cell 3
15David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 14 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - km 17.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3pts
2Ben King (USA) Dimension Data2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - km 53.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3pts
2Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 3 - km 58.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3pts
2Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 4 - km 86.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep3pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 5 - km 110.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 4 - Cell 3
6David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 5 - Cell 3
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KOM 6 - km 130.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe3pts
2Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 7 - km 147.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe10pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tadej Pogaar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogaar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates3:45:38
2Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:40
3Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 3 - Cell 2
5Daniel Martínez (Col) EF Education FirstRow 4 - Cell 2
6David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:31
7Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2
8Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:02:12
9Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:00
10Gregor Mülberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:11:39
11Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:18:07
12Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 12 - Cell 2
14Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:19:24
15Fernando Barceló (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 14 - Cell 2
16Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 16 - Cell 2
18Florian Stork (Ger) Team SunwebRow 17 - Cell 2
19Aurélien Paret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Aldemar Reyes Ortega (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 26 - Cell 2
28Óscar Rodríguez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:20:42
29Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Team Dimension Data