Roglic wins Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Enric Mas (Quick-Step-Floors) survived from the early break to win the final stage at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, while Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) returned from a crash, and held off an onslaught from Movistar to seal the overall win.

Mas took his first professional WorldTour win in impressive fashion, leaving his early breakaway companions on the slopes of the final climb, and soloing away to the win. The young Spaniard held off a large charge from Mikel Landa (Movistar), who was threatening to overturn Roglic's healthy but not impregnable race lead.

In the end, Landa was forced to settle for second on the stage, and second overall, with Roglic winning by 1:09. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) completed the podium.

The 122.2km stage consisted of eight categorised climbs, and set off at breakneck speed. Roglic, who came into the day with a 1:57 lead over his nearest rival, Landa, suffered the worst possible start with a fall inside the opening five kilometres. A frantic chase ensued with the LottoNL rider shedding all of his teammates on the first two climbs as he tried to regain contact.

When the speed finally settled, and Roglic made contact, a group of 13 riders jumped clear with KOM contender Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott) followed by teammate Lucas Hamilton, Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky), David Lopez (Sky), Jesper Hansen (Astana), Gregor Mülhberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha Alpecin).

The break established a lead of over three minutes with Trek-Segafredo setting the pace. The American team were looking to move Bauke Mollema up the standings, and were given encouragement when fourth placed Julian Alaphillpe began to crack mid-way through the stage.

With three climbs remaining, and Trek still working, the race hit the slopes of the Izua. Landa was the first GC rider to put Rolgic under pressure but the race leader responding automatically, showing that his earlier fall had not harmed him.

At this point a number of the break began to fall back, and as the rain began to fall Movistar began to take control. Roglic, who was without a teammate, was going up against five Movistar riders.

Nairo Quintana put in a huge attack, but once more Roglic rose from the saddle, taking Landa with him. The move was soon caught and on the lower slops of the final climb, Mas, Verona, De Gendt and Mülhberger were all that remained from the break.

Mas and Mülhberger briefly went clear, but it was Mas who made the telling move with 5km to go. The young Spaniard only had a lead of 25 seconds for much of the final climb, and when Landa and Quintana broke away from Roglic with around 4km to go, it looked as though Movistar would decide the stage, and possibly the overall.

However both Mas and Roglic rode their own but very different races. The young Quick-Step rider held a late charge from Landa at bay, while despite losing almost a minute with 2km to go, Roglic fought back to seal his first stage race win of the 2018 season.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors3:17:22
2Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18
3Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:00:35
4Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:39
5Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:42
6Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:51
7Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:59
8Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:06
9Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:01:32
13Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:50
14Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:49
15Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:50
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 16 - Cell 2
18Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:30
20Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:37
21Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:03:11
22Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:24
23Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:04:07
25Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:53
26Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:04:57
27Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:05:01
28Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:11
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:23
30Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:25
32Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 32 - Cell 2
34José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:54
36Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH0:05:56
37David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 37 - Cell 2
39Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:06:27
40Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:33
41Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida0:06:44
42Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 42 - Cell 2
44Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 43 - Cell 2
45Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:07:20
46Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:07:25
48Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:07:31
49Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:53
51Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin0:07:55
53Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 52 - Cell 2
54Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 53 - Cell 2
55Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 55 - Cell 2
57Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:08:02
58Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:08:08
59Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:08:10
60Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BHRow 59 - Cell 2
61Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:08:11
62Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:02
63Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:20
64Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:09:22
65Ibai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos BHRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 65 - Cell 2
67Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 66 - Cell 2
68Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 67 - Cell 2
69Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 68 - Cell 2
70Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:09:27
71Anass Ait El Abdia (Mar) UAE Team Emirates0:10:25
72Igor Merino Kortazar (Spa) Burgos BH0:10:32
73Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:12
74Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:11:16
75Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Trek-Segafredo0:11:22
76Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:11:38
77Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:14:41
78Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:15:51
79Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:29
80Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:16:32
82Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:17:41
83Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:17:43
84Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos BHRow 83 - Cell 2
85Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:17:52
86Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:17:56
90Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 91 - Cell 2
93Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:18:36
94Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates0:18:40
95Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:55
96Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 95 - Cell 2
97Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:21:46
98Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:22:28
99Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BH0:24:11
DNSCyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 99 - Cell 2
DNSNelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 100 - Cell 2
DNSRudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
DNSHugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 102 - Cell 2
DNSMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSRafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFJay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 114 - Cell 2
DNFLuis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 115 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-ScottRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFJames Knox (GBr) Quick-Step FloorsRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFAmanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension DataRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFLachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFRigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFBrendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFSepp Kuss (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFNeilson Powless (USA) LottoNL-JumboRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFFloris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFChad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFRúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFToms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 144 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Trabakua
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 2 - Gontzagarigana
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 3 - Bizkaiko Begiratokia
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 4 - Muniketa Gane
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 5 - Elgeta
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 6 - Izua
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 7 - Urkaregi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
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Mountain 8 - Usartza
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors10pts
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Movistar Team0:00:32
3Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:08
4Team Sky0:08:24
5Lotto Soudal0:08:34
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo20:53:47
2Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:09
3Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:01:42
4Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:14
5Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:17
6Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:03:29
7Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:03:50
8Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:04:14
9David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:04:15
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:30
11Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:34
12Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:06:29
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:08
14Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:40
15Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:09:29
16Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:10:21
17Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:50
18Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:12:55
19Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:07
20Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:13:12
21Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:14:03
22Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:14:12
23Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida0:14:33
24Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:14:35
25Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:14:43
26Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:15:21
27Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:15:30
28Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:05
29Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:16:22
30Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin0:16:25
31Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:17:24
32Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:17:51
33Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:18:45
34Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos BH0:18:46
35Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:19:45
36Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:20:12
37Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Trek-Segafredo0:21:58
38Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:22:14
39José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:22:24
40Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:24:36
41Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:24:44
42Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:26:38
43Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:27:17