Julian Alaphilippe takes stage victory and leads at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Apr 02 2018 11:52 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe takes stage victory and leads at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Julian Alaphilippe takes stage victory and leads at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) took the victory at the first stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The rider was part of a late escape of two men and crossed the finish line ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic.

The first stage of the Spanish race was 162 kilometres long from and to Zarautz. Four riders formed the escape of the day and created a gap of more than four minutes with the pack.

Ibai Salas (Burgos BH), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural), Aitor Gonzalez (Euskadi-Murias) and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Dimension Data) formed the breakaway and were later joined by Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Dario Cataldo (Astana). Behind them, the peloton was headed by teams like Movistar, Katusha-Alpecin and Sky.

With 26 kilometres remaining, the escape was caught by the peloton. The last ascent of the day managed to break the pack into pieces and a trio composed of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) rode away, leaving the chasers behind.

At 7 kilometres from the finish, Roglic launched an attack and Alaphilippe followed. Quintana was unable to stay with the duo. The Colombian rider of Movistar got caught by a group that included Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Mikel Landa (Movistar) on the last descent.

The front duo arrived at the final kilometre together and Alaphilippe was the first to launch the sprint. Although Roglic came close at the end, the Frenchman took the stage victory. He also became the first leader of the race.






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