Enric Mas wins last stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic confirms overall victory
Apr 07 2018 05:51 pm CET

Enric Mas wins last stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic confirms overall victory
Enric Mas wins last stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic confirms overall victory
Photo of Enric Mas © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) has won the last stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The Spaniard adds another victory to the team's 2018 palmares, while Primoz Roglic took the overall victory of the race.

The last stage of the Spanish race was 122.2 kilometres long between Eibar and Arrate, featuring five third-category climbs, one of the second category and two of the first. The day started in a nervous way with a massive crash that involved race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), which Quick-Step Floors tried to take advantage of by pulling in front.

The Slovenian worked hard to get back to the peloton and he managed to do so a few kilometres later. Meanwhile, a group that included riders like Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Tao Geoghegan (Sky), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) escaped from the peloton.

Later on, the chasers caught the front group while the speed set by teams like Quick-Step Floors and Trek-Segafredo made the peloton smaller by every climb. With around 30 kilometres to go, riders like Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe), Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) attacked from the favourites' group but Roglic answered to each of them.

During the descent, the reduced peloton got together and at the first part of the last climb, only Mas and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe) remained in front. With five kilometres to go, Mas dropped his companion while the favourites' group also broke apart due to the difficult climb.

Quintana was the first of that group to make a move and some kilometres later, Landa also jumped from the front, joining the Colombian a kilometre later. Behind them, Roglic continued at a steady pace to avoid big time losses to his main competitors.

Landa continued the remaining part of the ascent on his own, while behind him Roglic struggled to keep a good pace. In front, Mas continued on his own while Landa tried to catch him.

Mas arrived at the finish line by himself, Landa was second and Jon Izagirre came in third. Roglic crossed the line 53 seconds behind the winner of the stage and confirmed his victory in the race.

This is a day of firsts in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Mas got his first victory at the WorldTour level and Roglic became the first Slovenian to win the race, apart from this being his overall first victory in a stage race of the WorldTour.






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