Tadej Pogačar beats Primož Roglič within the second dash on the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Nation 2021


Tadej Pogačar contested the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country 2021 shortly before the Slovenian rival Primož Roglič in a duel.

Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) attacked numerous attacks on the final climb, but the Tour de France champion was constantly shadowed by Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), who attacked himself 500 meters from the finish and left four others behind, Alejandro Valverde's were listed (Movistar).

The day was pretty normal, with a break of seven going up the street early and pulling a decent gap before the peloton slowly chipped off. The last rider was brought back on the penultimate climb of the day.

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All of the racing favorites' attacks took place on the last ascent to Ermualde, with the two Slovenian stars using most of them.

Roglič holds the overall lead for another day by 20 seconds ahead of Pogačar, which is approaching with each stage.

How it happened

The third leg of the Tour of the Basque Country began in the town of Amurrio before the race took on a lumpy profile before moving on to the last three climbs and a summit finish on Ermualde Laudio after 167.7 km.

Seven drivers went up the road early and managed with Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Deceuninck – Schnellsitz), Götzon Martín (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Felix Gall (DSM) and Roger Adrià (Kern) to drive over seven minutes onto the peloton (Pharma), Daniel Navarro (Burgos-BH), Larry Warbasse (Ag2r Citroën) and Oier Lazkano (Caja-Rural).

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The pace slowly picked up and various teams helped bring the break back. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) was caught by a small crack at the foot of the descent from the plateau where they had spent most of the day 35 km from the finish.

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Lazkano struck alone when the time lapse 27 km to go under two minutes. He pulled back very quickly for 33 seconds while looking for mountain points on the last three climbs.

Ineos Grenadiers and EF Education-Nippo took control of the first of the last three climbs as they tried to place their leaders. This reduced the gap to Lazkano to 25 seconds before the descent to the penultimate climb to the 17 km before the finish.

This change in pace meant the rest of the break was caught just at the beginning of the first climb of three, leaving Lazkano alone up the road.

Lazkano was brought back at the base of the penultimate climb, the 2.5km climb from Markuartu. Astana Premier Tech and Israel Start-Up Nation controlled the pace. Nobody took a step when Quinten Herman (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) broke through in the end to get maximum points for the mountain classification.

It was Bahrain-Victorious' Mikel Landa who decided to take on the technical descent from the front 7km away before Astana Premier Tech came back to prepare for the final climb with Omar Fraile on the front lines.

Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) crashed just before the final climb, when four riders were separated from the front. Magnus Cort led his EF Education Nippo teammate Sergio Higuita along with Richard on his steering wheel to Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Ben O & # 39; Connor (Ag2r Citroën).

The UAE Emirates team took control of the pack that Tadej Pogačar prepared for the final climb. He was followed by the general leaders of Primoz Roglič and Carapaz. The Ecuadorian then countered on the steepest section with 2.5 km to go.

Pogačar went again with Roglič, who flew past Carapaz 2 km from the finish. The two Slovenes continued to slowly distance themselves from the others. Yates, Landa and Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) made it again, but the Slovenian kicked again 1.5 km from the finish.

Yates and Landa were accompanied by David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) before they managed to bridge the last kilometer to Pogačar and Roglič.

Roglič then attacked 500 meters from the target with Pogačar, who passed 150 meters from the target and held on to the line.

The fourth stage of the race starts in the town of Vitoria-Gasteiz and ends after 189.2 km in Hondarribia. It's another day that the main competitors are likely to see more action, but a select sprint could be due to a long descent followed by 8km of flat finish to finish.


Tour of the Basque Country 2021, third stage: Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio (167.7 km)

1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, in 4-04-50
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma at the same time
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team, after 5 seconds
4. Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
5. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain Victorious, all at the same time
6. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 8 a.m.
7. James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, aged 16
8. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma
9. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, all at the same time
10. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates, 18 years old

General classification according to level three

1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma, in 8-07-48
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, 20 years
3. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates, 30 years
4. Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, 39 years old
5. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team, 50 years
6. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma, 54 years old
7. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain Victorious, at 1-00pm
8. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain Victorious, 1-08
9. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, 1-09
10. At the same time Max Schachmann (D) Bora-Hansgrohe


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