Primoz Roglic meets Vuelta al Pais Vasco expectations and leads GC
Apr 05 2018 11:32 pm CET

Primoz Roglic meets Vuelta al Pais Vasco expectations and leads GC
Primoz Roglic meets Vuelta al Pais Vasco expectations and leads GC
Photo of Primoz Roglic © Mary Cárdenas /

Primoz Rolgic (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the fastest at the Individual Time Trial of the fourth stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. With this victory, the Slovenian also climbed to the first position in the GC.

The Individual Time Trial of the Spanish race was 19 kilometres long over a flat course that suited the experts on the matter. Early on the day, BMC Racing Team's Patrick Bevin stopped the clock at 22 minutes and 35 seconds, a time that became the reference for the riders to come.

Later, Spanish TT champion Jonathan Castroviejo crossed the finish line five seconds slower than Bevin and occupied the second spot provisionally. His Sky teammate Michal Kwiatkowski also completed the route in a good time, just 11 seconds behind the BMC rider.

Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) arrived at the finish line some moments later and stopped the clock at 22 minutes and 37 seconds, putting himself into second place provisionally.

The time then came for the GC favourites and riders like Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), lost one minute and 25 seconds, and one minute and nine seconds respectively. Meanwhile, Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema finished at 34 seconds from Bevin.

Other riders that lost considerable time in the time trial were Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) who stopped the clock one minute and 31 seconds slower than the leader, Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) who finished at one minute and 28 seconds from Bevin and Mikel Landa (Movistar), who completed the route at 1:07 from the BMC rider.

Meanwhile, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) Emanuel Buchmann and Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe) could control the time losses.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) met the expectations by completing the route in 22 minutes and 26 seconds, taking the victory of the stage and the lead in the General Classification. Alaphilippe dropped to the second position in the overall classification and Mollema climbed to the third position.



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