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Primoz Roglic and Alejandro Valverde celebrate in Pais Vasco
Apr 08 2017 05:31 pm CET

Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo has won the closing time trial of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The overall victory went to Alejandro Valverde of Movistar Team.

It was a day of two battles in the city of Eibar as time trialists like Vasil Kiryienka and Roglic fought for the stage victory while classification specialists Valverde and Alberto Contador faced off for the overall win.

Sky's Kiryienka did not disappoint as he set a time of 36'50", which at that point was more than 40 seconds faster than any of the other riders.

Former race leader Michael Matthews (Sunweb) then conquered the top spot however as he needed 11 seconds less to complete the course than Kiryienka.

But the best time of the day came from Slovenian time trial champion Roglic. The LottoNL-Jumbo man clocked a time of 35'58" and was no less than 41 seconds faster than Matthews.

In the battle for the overall classification, Contador initially seemed to have an advantage over Valverde. The Trek-Segafredo rider started with a regular bike as the first half of the course included a climb, and switched to a time trial bike once the road got flatter.

The move appeared to pay off for the Spaniard but the times of Roglic and Bahrain-Merida's Jon Izagirre (15 seconds slower than Roglic) were out of reach.

Valverde, the last rider to hit the road, left the best for last and ended up beating Contador by 14 seconds and positioning himself in second place behind Roglic and ahead of Izagirre.

The impressive performance means yet another GC victory for the Movistar rider, who secures first place with a 17-second advantage over Contador. The top five is completed by Izagirre, Quick-Step's David de la Cruz and Roglic.

Result

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (2.UWT)
Stage 6 (ITT) Eibar - Eibar (2017-04-08)
Pos. Name Team Country Time
1.Primož ROGLICTLJ 35:58
2.Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTEMOV +9
3.Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTITBM +15
4.Alberto CONTADOR VELASCOTFS +23
5.David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJOQST +34
6.Michael MATTHEWSSUN +41
7.Vasil KIRYIENKASKY +52
8.Diego ULISSIUAD +52
9.Victor DE LA PARTE GONZALEZMOV +1:04
10.George BENNETTTLJ +1:23

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Photo Primoz Roglic (cropped) by LottoNL-Jumbo team





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