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Itzulia Basque Country stage 1: as it happened

Itzulia Basque Country 2024: Primoz Roglic celebrates his stage 1 win


That ends our live coverage for today, but we’ll have further news from Itzulia Basque Country and we’ll be back with more live coverage from stage 2 on Tuesday.

And here’s a photo of Roglic celebrating his stage win

So what’s happening in Itzulia Basque Country on Tuesday?

Stage 2 of the Itzulia Basque Country is 160 kilometres from stage 1 start/finish town Irun to Kanbo, taking the Itzulia across the border into France on a rolling but not excessively tricky stage. Just one cat. 3 climb early on and a slight uphill finish should see a reduced bunch sprint, very possibly the only one of the week.

An almost full house of jerseys for Roglic, logically enough, with the points jersey, the mountains classification for the one cat.3 climb of the day and the overall all going his way for now.
The BYR ranking is currently headed by Spanish racer Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) and Ayuso’s squad also leads the teams ranking.

For the full results, galleries and report on stage 1, you can click on the link here

Itzulia Basque Country stage 1: Primoz Roglic takes stage win despite late detour

“I missed the turning at the end of the race, but nevertheless the outcome didn’t really change because of that so just happy to take it.”
“It’s always like this, someone in front, someone behind, but it’s just day one, the easiest day actually, so we’ll take it on the day by day.”
Can he keep the jersey until the  last day?
“I mean, it would be nice, to have it after the last day, but there’s a long way to go yet.”

Some words from Roglic after winning the stage, his fifth time trial in Itzulia and his third opening TT in the same race in 2021, 2022 and 2024…

Here are the top ten for the stage, courtesy of FirstCycling

Primoz Roglic (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 1 of the 2024 Itzulia Basque Country and is the first race leader.

Even without the abrupt downpour, given the dearth of GC riders in the second half, this has been a bit of a damp squib of a stage finish, but it’s finally over as Pieter Serry crosses the line 1:13 down. Roglic finally takes the day.

Pieter Serry (Soudal-QuickStep) comes through the final…

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