Vuelta al País Vasco (st. 4)
Basque climber finishes 11th in Arrigorriaga, remains ninth overall at 1’35” from dominating Max Schachmann (BOH), taking his third stage win after Zaratamo (Cat-3) attack; Carlos into the escape until final 15km.
Germany’s Max Schachmann (BOH) remains unstoppable at the 2019 Itzulia Basque Country, claiming his third stage win of the week into a four-man sprint in Arrigorriaga -against Tadej Pogacar (UAD, 2nd), Jakob Fuglsang (AST, 3rd) and Adam Yates (MTS, 4th)- after an attack into the short, decisive climb to Zaratamo (Cat-3) near the finish.
The Movistar Team again protected well its main GC reference for the Vuelta al País Vasco, Mikel Landa, while they put one of its pieces into another early break. Following José Joaquín Rojas’ move on Wednesday, it was the turn for Carlos Verona into a seven-man attempt from which only the Spaniard and Alessandro De Marchi (CPT) could hold the peloton off after the main climb to Bikotx Gane (Cat-1). Verona’s adventure was over with 13km to go as the favourites tackle the key double ascent / descent to the line, with Landa -joined into the 2nd group by Carlos Betancur- coming really close to finishing with the leaders (+9″).
Mikel stays in 9th overall as Schachmann already holds a 51″ gap over second-placed team-mate Patrick Konrad (BOH), a similar distance to the one between those within the GC’s top-ten. Gaps which could still be made up in the two tough mountain stages which remain in this year’s Itzulia, starting with Friday’s prestigious Arrate finish after a brutal 149km, with seven categorized climbs and the grueling final chain of Ixua /Matsaria (Cat-1), San Miguel (Cat-3) and Usartza (Cat-1).
Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport
- 01 Max Schachmann Bora-Hansgrohe 4h03'55"
- 02 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates "
- 03 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team +1"
- 11 Mikel Landa Movistar Team +9"
- 22 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team "
- 29 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +25"
- 43 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +1'00"
- 53 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +1'54"
- 60 Winner Anacona Movistar Team +3'10"
- 65 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +3'54"
- 01 Max Schachmann Bora-Hansgrohe 12h38'16"
- 02 Patrick Konrad Bora-Hansgrohe +51"
- 03 Ion Izagirre Astana Pro Team +52"
- 09 Mikel Landa Movistar Team +1'35"
- 22 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +2'19"
- 28 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +`2'45"
- 34 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +3'45"
- 40 Winner Anacona Movistar Team +5'34"
- 41 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +5'50"
- 42 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +5'53"