Contador secures overall Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco victory ahead of Kwiatkowski

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) continued his successful spring stage race campaign with overall victory at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco after an impressive performance in the final time trial that left him just seven seconds slower than stage winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

Contador lead the hilly Basque Country race from day one after going on the attack to win the opening stage. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was always a danger and often attacked in the hills but Contador defended his yellow leader's jersey with confidence and then produced one of is best time trial performances for years to win overall.

Contador's crown looked under threat after Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) did an incredible ride but Contador went even faster on the hilly 25.9km course to show why hw is currently the world's number one ranked rider.

Martin won in the time trial with a time of 38:33, with Contador seven seconds slower and Kwiatkowski at 15 seconds. The young Polish moved past Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to take second overall behind Contador. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) finished third overall at 1:04, with Valverde slipping to fifth at 1:07.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) was only ninth in the time trial, 1:05 slower than Martin and ended the race sixth overall at 1:56. Teammates Cadel Evans was 11th in the time trial and so finished seventh overall, in the same time as Van Garderen. Britain's Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) was the best young rider, with the neo-pro finishing 12th, 3:17 behind Contador.

"I'm very happy. I’ve been very tired in last two days, but things have finally come through," Contador said.

"It's an honour to win the Vuelta al Pais Vasco for a third time. When I won the time trial in 2005 it was a dream. I could never imagine I would get the win the race three times. I am very happy."

Contador finished second overall in his season debut at the Volta ao Algarve, dominated Tirreno-Adriatico, was second at the Volta a Catalunya and has now added the Vuelta a Pais Vasco to his season's haul. He has shown he can ride aggressively and successfully in the mountains, produce vital time trial performances and has the team to support him. Everything appears on track for him to be at his very best at the Tour de France in July.

"These results give me the confidence to keep working hard towards my major goals: the Criterium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France, I'm very motivated. Now I'm going to take a break, I need it, and then come back to thinking about the Tour."

The time trial brought down the curtain on an intense and highly aggressive Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Tony Martin also headed home on a high after taking his second stage victory of the race. His first came after going on the attack in a long breakaway. The second came at what does best, against the clock. Riding in his world champion's rainbow jersey, Martin had the power to handle the climbs and then even tucked low over the front of his time trial bike on the long straight descent to gain extra seconds.

"It feels good to win," Martin said.

"I've lost time trials before and so to come here and win one stage before the individual time trial is really important for me, for my morale and for my team. We were on the podium every day, we won three stages, so it's been a great race for us."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:38:33
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:07
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:15
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:16
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:35
6Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:38
7Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:41
8Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:02
9Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:05
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:25
11Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:27
12Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:31
13Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:01:33
14Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:38
15Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:44
16José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:47
17Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:51
19Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:01:56
20Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:57
21Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:58
22Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:00
23Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:02:09
24Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:02:14
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:15
26Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:16
27Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:20
28Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:21
29Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:02:24
30Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 30 - Cell 2
32Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:02:26
33Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:29
34Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:38
35Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky0:02:39
36Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale0:02:41
37Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:43
38Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 38 - Cell 2
40Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:48
41Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:49
42Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:52
43Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:56
44Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:02:58
45Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:59
47Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:03
49Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:03:06
50Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:08
51Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:11
52Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:13
53Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:03:30
54Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:31
55Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:03:33
56Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale0:03:34
57Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp0:03:35
59Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:03:36
60John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team0:03:38
61Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-MeridaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:49
63Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:03:52
64Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:53
65Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:04:01
66Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:02
67Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:04:08
68Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:04:10
69Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:04:12
70Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:04:14
71Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar0:04:16
72Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr0:04:22
73Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky0:04:23
74Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:04:27
75Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky0:04:32
76Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale0:04:41
78Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:04:44
79Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:48
80Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:04:52
81Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:04:55
82Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:04:57
83Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp0:05:01
84Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 83 - Cell 2
85Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:05:02
86Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:05:10
87Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:05:12
88Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:05:16
89Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:05:18
90Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:05:19
91Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:26
92Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:29
93Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:31
94Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:32
96Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:42
97Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:05:50
98Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale0:05:53
99Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:54
100Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:05:58
101Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:06:03
102Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale0:06:14
103Xu Gang (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:06:16
104Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:06:18
105Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:06:19
106Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:06:29
107Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale0:06:35
108Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:07:10
109Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:07:11
110Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp0:07:15
111Dmitriy Kozonchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:25
113David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:07:36
114Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:04
115Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:08:05
116David Tanner (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:12:47
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team25pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha1Row 14 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Omega Pharma - Quick-Step1:57:32
2Movistar Team0:01:21
3BMC Racing Team0:02:53
4Katusha Team0:03:03
5Ag2r La Mondiale0:04:12
6Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr0:04:26
7Team Giant - Shimano0:04:41
8Lotto Belisol0:04:47
9Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:36
10Lampre - Merida0:05:51
11Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:06:01
12Trek Facktory Racing0:06:07
13Team Sky0:06:35
14Team Europcar0:07:15
15Astana Pro Team0:07:25
16Orica GreenEDGE0:07:35
18Cannondale Pro Cycling Team0:09:03
19Garmin - Sharp0:09:26
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo21:09:11
2Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:49
3Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:04
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:01:07
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:56
7Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Iurii Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:13
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:14
10Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:26
11Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:03:17
13Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:03:32
14Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:36
15Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:03:47
16Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:04:05
17Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:04
18Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr0:08:55
19Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:43
20Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:10:20
21Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:10:57
22Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:11:24
23John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team0:12:27
24Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:12:48
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:12:53
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:16:30
27Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:16:34
28Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:17:01
29Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:17:51
30Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:19:12
31Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:20:44
32Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:21:59
33Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha0:22:01
34Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar0:23:16
35Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale0:23:31
36Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp0:24:18
37Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:24:21
38Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:26:15
39Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:26:19
40Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:27:22
41Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:27:39
42Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:46
43Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:31:01
44Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:31:44
45Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:33:28
46Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:34:00
47Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:34:56
48Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:35:54
49José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:35:56
50Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:37:03
52Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:37:33
53Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:37:52
54Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:37:56
55Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:38:13
56Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:39:07
57Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:40:33
58Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:41:01
59Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:41:07
60Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:41:14
61Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:41:31
62Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:41:53
63Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:42:04
64Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:42:44
65David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:42: