Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) claimed the final stage of the Itzulia Basque Country, after making the break of the day. Mikel Landa (Movistar) finished second followed by Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida). Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the overall race victory.
The last stage of Itzulia Basque Country was a 122.2km stage starting in Eibar and concluding with a summit finish in Arrate. The stage contained eight categorised climbs, with the final climb being one of two category one climbs of the day.
The start of the race was fast-paced and saw race leader, Roglic, involved in a crash. He was able to recover and make it back to the main peloton. A small break of six riders consisting of Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky), Jesper Hansen (Astana), Gregor Mülhberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) managed to escape. They were later joined by Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott), David Lopez (Sky), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha Alpecin), forming the break of the day.
They managed to extend their lead to over three minutes, forcing teams with GC hopes to do the chasing. Once the final climb of the day started, the breakaway spilt apart on the slopes, but Mas attacked and went on to win the stage. Mikel Landa put in a brave fight to try and chase him down, but ended up settling for second spot. Roglic, finishing with the GC bunch, ensured that he had done enough to secure the overall win.
For Team Dimension Data, Steve Cummings finished in 54th placed, with Igor Anton not far behind in 56th place for our African Team. Igor moved down two spots in the GC, finishing 22nd overall.
Bingen Fernandez – Sport Director
“It was an intense week with many steep climbs especially in the last kms. Amanuel and Ben were represented in breakaways in 2 stages. Today’s stage was a short, nervous and a super fast stage. The riders pushed the limits and didn’t stop for a second in 122km. The rain made it even more difficult. Our best placed rider in the GC was Igor finishing in 22nd place overall.”