Valverde fully into Itzulia contention after Bilbao ITT

5 April 2021
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Vuelta al País Vasco (et. 1)

Primoz Roglic (TJV) took the day’s victory at a demanding, opening ITT -13.9km with a long, early climb to Santo Domingo and the brutal, finishing ramps of Bilbao’s Etxebarria park- at the Itzulia Basque Country, back after the pandemic hiatus with a difficult route where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) again tried to stay within the top contenders following Saturday’s victory at the GP Miguel Indurain.

Valverde at the final slopes. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The Movistar Team’s everlasting leader finished just a dozen seconds short for a top-ten result, 19th (+43″), as he was slightly disadvantaged – just like all late starters – because of a wind changed that helped the early birds. The day’s negative note was, however, a bike change for Enric Mas, quite recovered from his crash in Estella yet 1’17” off the Slovenian as a result of the incident.

Enric Mas before his mechanical. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The peloton won’t leave Biscay on Tuesday, as they climb San Cosme (Cat-3), Beci (Cat-3), Abellaneda -non–cat- and most importantly La Asturiana (Cat-2), with its initial 4km at nearly 9%, before a tough uphill finish in Sestao. The race contenders are again expected to be in the mix for a stage victory.

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 05 - 10 Apr

Itzulia Basque Country ESP

(1st Stage) Bilbao (CRI / ITT) (13.9 km)
  1. 01 Primoz Roglic Jumbo - Visma 17'17"
  2. 02 Brandon McNulty UAE Team Emirates +2"
  3. 03 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo - Visma +18"
  4. 19 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +43"
  5. 56 Enric Mas Movistar Team +1'17"
  6. 126 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +2'03"
  7. 139 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +2'10"
  8. 141 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team +2'15"
  9. 149 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +2'20"
  10. 158 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +2'40"