Fraile takes out intense País Vasco stage to Eibar

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) tightened his grip on the overall race lead at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, finishing second on the hilly stage to Eibar. His closest rival Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) cracked on the final climb of the day as Movistar blew the race apart and faded from the podium positions.

Omar Fraile (Astana) won the stage, dominating the sprint after the strongest of the overall contenders and a small group of quality riders from the breakaway came together on the category 1 Azurki Gaina climb and descent inside 20km to go.

Fraile made sure to position himself at the back of the rotation as Roglic, Mikel Landa and Ion Izagirre's Bahrain-Merida teammate Mark Padun worked to improve their respective overall positions.

Izagirre received a nice lead-out from his Ukranian teammate, but timed it wrong, giving Fraile the jump on the finishing stretch. Roglic smartly took the bonus seconds for second, padding his lead as his biggest rivals were also distanced.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), third before the stage, finished in the first chase group timed at 1:27 and dropped down to fifth. Alaphilippe finishing a disappointed 2:14 behind, dropping from second to fourth overall, now 2:55 down on Roglic.

Izagirre and Landa's efforts moved them up to second and third overall, respectively, after finishing in the same time Roglic. Izagirre is at 2:13 with Landa at 2:17.

They will now try to take on Roglic on Saturday's final mountain stage with the steep uphill finish to Arrate set to decide the final overall winner.

How it happened

The 163km stage was anticipated to be a warm-up for Saturday's final showdown, with LottoNL-Jumbo expected to let a break steal the glory of the day. How wrong we were.

The only riders absent after the time trial were Michael Storer (Sunweb) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who headed home to treat a nasty saddle sore. Everyone else enjoyed another aggressive day of racing in the Basque sunshine.

A headwind on the high plateau made it difficult for attacks to get away but a 13-rider move was given its freedom after 35km. They quickly opened a 5:00 gap with little sign of nervousness in the peloton behind.

José Rojas (Movistar), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Omar Fraile (Astana), José Herrada, Daniel Teklehaimanot (Cofidis,) Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Michael Albasini, Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Alex Howes (EF-Drapac), Jonathan Castroviejo (Sky), Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and Matteo Bono (UAE-Emirates) were the adventurers of the day.

Teklehaimanot was the first to be dropped as Movistar set the tempo behind, clearly with a plan of action for later.

The second half of the stage included three steep climbs and was ideal terrain for attacks. The first, the Elosua Giana, was 8.1km in length and saw Movistar turn up the pace, especially near the summit and over the top. The pace was also high in the breakaway with Rojas, Fraile, Latour, Padun, Verona and Castroviejo going clear. The leaders came back together on the descent and so did the peloton, with Roglic happy to see two LottoNL-Jumbo teammates get back on after momentarily being isolated.

There was a pause in the racing on the valley road but the Endoia Gaina - Azurki Gaina climbs came in the final 35km of racing, a tough double whammy, with a total of 12.5km of ascending.

Early on slopes of the Endoia Gaina climb, the Movistar team put its card on the table with Landa going on the attack. He was on a mission and after several accelerations, Julian Alaphilippe was dropped. Roglic, Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) and David De la Cruz (Team Sky) joined him and they pushed clear. Alaphilippe was suffering and deep in the red, with only Enric Mas to help him.

Uran and De la Cruz cracked, slipping back to the chasers and Quintana was not there but Landa pushed on, keen to earn as much time as possible and perhaps crack Roglic.

Verona – who earlier had exchanged heated words with Fraile - attacked on the Azurki Gaina. He got a gap but was soon caught as the attackers and the remains of the breakaway formed for the descent. The gap to the chasers was close to a minute, with Alaphilippe even further back.

Up front were Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Omar Fraile (Astana), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida).

Despite some attacks they stayed together with Fraile strongest and leading out the sprint to win by a couple of bike lengths. He was the winner of the day but Roglic now seems in total charge, with only Saturday's 122km stage and its eight nasty climbs standing between him and overall victory.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team3:53:49
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:04
3Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:00:06
4Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:10
5Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
7Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida0:00:25
8Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:37
9Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
10Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
11Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
12David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky
13Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
15Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
16Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
17Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
18Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky0:02:01
19Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:02:25
20Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
21Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
22Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
23Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:58
24Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
25Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal
26Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
27Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
28Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
29Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
30Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Trek-Segafredo
31Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
32Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
33Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data
34Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
35Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida
36Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
37Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH
38Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team
39Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
41Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data
42Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:05
43Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:42
44Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
45Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
46José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
47Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
48Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
49Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
50Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:07:14
51Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb
52Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
53Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
54Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
55Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
56Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
57Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
58Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
59Floris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo
60Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:09:35
61Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
62Anass Ait El Abdia (Mar) UAE Team Emirates
63Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos BH0:10:36
64Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
65Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
66Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data
67Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:31
68Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
69Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
70Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott0:19:15
71Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
72Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb
73Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data
74Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
75Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
76Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
77Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin
78Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
79Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar Team
80Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team
81Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team
82Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
83Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
84Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
85Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
86Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
87Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo
88Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
89Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
90Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
91Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
92Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
93Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH
94Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BH
95Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
96Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
97Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
98Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
99Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
100James Knox (GBr) Quick-Step Floors
101David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
102Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin
103Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
104Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
105Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
106Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
107Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
108Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
109Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
110Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
111Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
112Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
113Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
114Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
115Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
116Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
117Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
118Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
119Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:53
120Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo
121Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
122Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
123Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
124Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
125Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos BH
126Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
127Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
128Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
129Igor Merino Kortazar (Spa) Burgos BH
130Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
131Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
132Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo
133Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
134Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
135Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team
136Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
137Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
138Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:19:57
139Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
140Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
141Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
142Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
143Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
144Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:22:05
145Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:23:15
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Sprint 1 - Bergara Zubieta, km 96.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb3pts
2Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team2
3Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe1
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Sprint 2 Loiola, km 118.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3pts
2Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb2
3Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott1
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team25pts
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo20
3Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida16
4Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott14
5Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits12
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team10
7Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida9
8Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team8
9Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates7
10Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb6
11Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott5
12David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky4
13Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe3
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo2
15Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Elosua, km 105
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida6pts
2Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott4
3Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team2
4Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky1
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 2) Endoia, km 135.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida6pts
2Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott4
3Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team2
4Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 1) Azurki, km 144.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott10pts
2Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida8
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team6
4Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida4
5Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo2
6Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida3:54:14
2Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:07
3Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:12
4Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:02:00
5Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:33
6Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH
8Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data
9Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:40
10Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:17
11Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
12Anass Ait El Abdia (Mar) UAE Team Emirates0:09:10
13Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:18:50
14Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
15Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
17Neilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo
18Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
19Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
20Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
21James Knox (GBr) Quick-Step Floors
22Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
23Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
24Sepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-Jumbo0:19:28
25Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
26Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
27Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
28Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
29Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
30Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
31Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:19:32
32Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
33Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
34Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:22:50
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo17:12:53
2Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:57
3Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:02:13
4Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:02:55
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:03:06
6Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:21
7Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:30
8Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Tea