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2016 Vuelta al País Vasco (World Tour)

Tour of the Basque Country
Euskal Herriko txirrindulari itzulia

56th edition: April 4 - April 9, 2016

Vuelta al País Vasco podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Start list

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6


Saturday, April 9: 6th and Final Stage, Eibar 16.5 km individual time trial

Stage 6 profile

Alberto Contador

Stage and overall winner Alberto Contador used a road bike for the race's final time trial

The Race: At the start of the final stage rain was falling in Eibar. Giant-Alpecin's Caleb Fairly was the first rider off.

But, with every passing day this season, Alberto Contador's form has been improving. He started today's time trial just six seconds behind overnight leader Sergio Henao. Given Contador's superb time trial skills, Henao's lead was very fragile.

And come the ride, Contador delivered the goods, beating second-place Nario Quintana and Henao by 18 seconds and making him the overall winner by twelve seconds.

This gives Contador his fourth overall win at the Tour of the Basque Country.

After the race, Contador delivered another surprise. Widely expected to retire at the end of this season, Contador said he is not going to hang up the chamois.

Here's the press release from the race organizer: After winning the Itzulia, Alberto Contador confirmed that he will not finish his career, and reiterates that the next season he will keep competing.

"I want to continue enjoying and doing what I like and when the day to leave the bike arrives, it will arrive. I will not give a date". The leader of the team Tinkoff reviewed how he won the race. "I don't like to win in this way, but here with this time trial I thought it was the best way". Happy and with a smile on his face, the rider of team Tinkoff closed his first part of the season with an important victory.

"With good feelings, physicals and mental", now he will be a part of the competitions to be ready for his main goals of the year: the Tour and Olympic Games.

Complete Results:

16.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 33.885 km/hr

1 CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff 29min 13sec
2 QUINTANA, Nairo Movistar @ 5sec
3 HENAO, Sergio Luis Sky +18"
4 YATES, Adam Orica-GreenEdge +53"
5 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC +01' 04"
6 PINOT, Thibaut FDJ +01' 09"
7 COSTA, Rui Lampre-Merida +01' 16"
8 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim Katusha s.t.
9 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel Astana +01' 21"
10 BILBAO, Pello Caja Rural +01' 26"
11 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen Katusha +01' 29"
12 SPILAK, Simon Katusha +01' 31"
13 VISCONTI, Giovanni Movistar s.t.
14 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step +01' 33"
15 HENAO, Sebastian Sky +01' 37"
16 FELLINE, Fabio Trek-Segafredo +01' 43"
17 VERVAEKE, Louis Lotto-Soudal s.t.
18 CATALDO, Dario Astana +01' 50"
19 ROSA, Diego Astana +01' 52"
20 MONFORT, Maxime Lotto-Soudal s.t.
21 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis Ag2r +01' 53"
22 DE PLUS, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step +01' 55"
23 NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis +01' 56"
24 KREUZIGER, Roman Tinkoff +01' 58"
25 CRADDOCK, Lawson Cannondale s.t.
26 EDET, Nicolas Cofidis +01' 59"
27 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger Ag2r +02' 03"
28 LANDA, Mikel Sky +02' 11"
29 PETILLI, Simone Lampre-Merida +02' 13"
30 KELDERMAN, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo +02' 13"
31 CUMMINGS, Steven Dimension Data +02' 17"
32 REICHENBACH, Sebastien FDJ s.t.
33 POLANC, Jan Lampre-Merida +02' 18"
34 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik Giant-Alpecin s.t.
35 PAUWELS, Serge Dimension Data +02' 20"
36 GESINK, Robert LottoNL-Jumbo +02' 30"
37 JEANNESSON, Arnold Cofidis +02' 32"
38 WOODS, Michael Cannondale +02' 33"
39 DENIFL, Stefan IAM Cycling +02' 40"
40 BOUWMAN, Koen LottoNL-Jumbo +02' 42"
41 MOLLEMA, Bauke Trek-Segafredo +02' 43"
42 MATE, Luis Angel Cofidis +02' 46"
43 ROY, Jeremy FDJ +02' 52"
44 RESTREPO, Jhonatan Katusha +02' 58"
45 WYSS, Marcel IAM Cycling +03' 06"
46 ROLLAND, Pierre Cannondale s.t.
47 LASTRA, Jonathan Caja Rural +03' 09"
48 MOLARD, Rudy Cofidis +03' 10"
49 LOPEZ, David Sky +03' 11"
50 KISERLOVSKI, Robert Tinkoff +03' 13"
51 SILIN, Egor Katusha +03' 14"
52 VALGREN, Michael Tinkoff +03' 16"
53 DEBESAY, Mekseb Dimension Data +03' 18"
54 SCHLECK, Frank Trek-Segafredo +03' 19"
55 DUPONT, Hubert Ag2r s.t.
56 SERRY, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step +03' 21"
57 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei Katusha +03' 23"
58 OOMEN, Sam Giant-Alpecin +03' 25"
59 MORENO, Daniel Movistar +03' 37"
60 ANACONA, Winner Movistar +03' 38"
61 ULISSI, Diego Lampre-Merida +03' 40"
62 ZEITS, Andrey Astana +03' 42"
63 CARUSO, Damiano BMC +03' 46"
64 BENITO, Miguel Angel Caja Rural +03' 47"
65 STETINA, Peter Trek-Segafredo s.t.
66 MOINARD, Amaël BMC +03' 52"
67 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon Astana +03' 55"
68 ATAPUMA, Darwin BMC +03' 58"
69 ANTON, Igor Dimension Data +04' 01"
70 PETROV, Evgeny Tinkoff +04' 02"
71 ALBASINI, Michael Orica-GreenEdge +04' 06"
72 BAGOT, Yoann Cofidis +04' 07"
73 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
74 ZUBELDIA, Haimar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
75 VERONA, Carlos Etixx-Quick Step +04' 12"
76 MEIER, Christian Orica-GreenEdge +04' 18"
77 BELKOV, Maxim Katusha +04' 22"
78 ROSSKOPF, Joey BMC +04' 27"
79 CARDOSO, André Cannondale s.t.
80 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel Dimension Data +04' 32"
81 VELITS, Peter BMC +04' 35"
82 TIRALONGO, Paolo Astana +04' 36"
83 ROUX, Anthony FDJ +04' 40"
84 MONTAGUTI, Matteo Ag2r +04' 41"
85 HOWES, Alex Cannondale +04' 44"
86 MORABITO, Steve FDJ +04' 45"
87 PRADES, Eduard Caja Rural +04' 48"
88 GONÇALVES, Domingos Caja Rural +04' 49"
89 TXURRUKA, Amets Orica-GreenEdge +04' 56"
90 MADRAZO, Angel Caja Rural +04' 59"
91 ARMÉE, Sander Lotto-Soudal +05' 29"
92 FAIRLY, Caleb Giant-Alpecin +05' 31"
93 VICHOT, Arthur FDJ +05' 42"
94 FERRARI, Fabricio Caja Rural +05' 44"
95 VICIOSO, Angel Katusha +05' 47"
96 AREGGER, Marcel IAM Cycling +05' 48"
97 PLAZA, Ruben Orica-GreenEdge +06' 26"

Final GC after Stage 6:

853.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.511 km/hr

1 CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff 22hr 44min 43sec
2 HENAO, Sergio Luis Sky @ 12sec
3 QUINTANA, Nairo Movistar +37"
4 PINOT, Thibaut FDJ +01' 13"
5 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim Katusha +01' 22"
6 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC +01' 29"
7 COSTA, Rui Lampre-Merida +02' 19"
8 SPILAK, Simon Katusha +02' 47"
9 CRADDOCK, Lawson Cannondale +02' 52"
10 KELDERMAN, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo +03' 14"
11 VERVAEKE, Louis Lotto-Soudal +03' 15"
12 LANDA, Mikel Sky +03' 19"
13 REICHENBACH, Sebastien FDJ +03' 22"
14 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger Ag2r +03' 30"
15 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis Ag2r +03' 43"
16 VISCONTI, Giovanni Movistar +04' 04"
17 BILBAO, Pello Caja Rural +04' 33"
18 MOLLEMA, Bauke Trek-Segafredo +04' 39"
19 PAUWELS, Serge Dimension Data +05' 57"
20 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel Astana +07' 03"
21 NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis +08' 32"
22 MATE, Luis Angel Cofidis +09' 44"
23 HENAO, Sebastian Sky +10' 53"
24 ROSA, Diego Astana +12' 46"
25 DE PLUS, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step +13' 18"
26 ROLLAND, Pierre Cannondale +13' 35"
27 SCHLECK, Frank Trek-Segafredo +14' 07"
28 GESINK, Robert LottoNL-Jumbo +14' 52"
29 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen Katusha +15' 03"
30 KREUZIGER, Roman Tinkoff +16' 15"
31 JEANNESSON, Arnold Cofidis +16' 41"
32 YATES, Adam Orica-GreenEdge +17' 10"
33 VERONA, Carlos Etixx-Quick Step +18' 36"
34 ATAPUMA, Darwin BMC +18' 37"
35 MONFORT, Maxime Lotto-Soudal +18' 39"
36 OOMEN, Sam Giant-Alpecin +19' 26"
37 POLANC, Jan Lampre-Merida +20' 51"
38 CARDOSO, André Cannondale +21' 27"
39 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step +21' 32"
40 KISERLOVSKI, Robert Tinkoff +21' 50"
41 DUPONT, Hubert Ag2r +22' 03"
42 ULISSI, Diego Lampre-Merida +22' 04"
43 FELLINE, Fabio Trek-Segafredo +22' 34"
44 MOLARD, Rudy Cofidis +23' 14"
45 PETILLI, Simone Lampre-Merida +24' 12"
46 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon Astana +24' 13"
47 MORENO, Daniel Movistar +25' 00"
48 ARMÉE, Sander Lotto-Soudal +26' 16"
49 ALBASINI, Michael Orica-GreenEdge +27' 19"
50 CUMMINGS, Steven Dimension Data +27' 40"
51 VALGREN, Michael Tinkoff +28' 22"
52 ZEITS, Andrey Astana +29' 01"
53 WOODS, Michael Cannondale +30' 27"
54 BAGOT, Yoann Cofidis +30' 47"
55 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei Katusha +31' 42"
56 CARUSO, Damiano BMC +35' 10"
57 MONTAGUTI, Matteo Ag2r +37' 19"
58 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik Giant-Alpecin +37' 55"
59 SILIN, Egor Katusha +40' 42"
60 MORABITO, Steve FDJ +41' 07"
61 ZUBELDIA, Haimar Trek-Segafredo +41' 29"
62 VICHOT, Arthur FDJ +41' 36"
63 BOUWMAN, Koen LottoNL-Jumbo +41' 43"
64 CATALDO, Dario Astana +41' 48"
65 ANTON, Igor Dimension Data +42' 41"
66 SERRY, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step +42' 57"
67 VICIOSO, Angel Katusha +43' 15"
68 ROY, Jeremy FDJ +43' 38"
69 ROUX, Anthony FDJ +44' 47"
70 PRADES, Eduard Caja Rural +47' 03"
71 FERRARI, Fabricio Caja Rural +49' 45"
72 LOPEZ, David Sky +50' 06"
73 EDET, Nicolas Cofidis +51' 41"
74 VELITS, Peter BMC +52' 23"
75 MADRAZO, Angel Caja Rural +53' 41"
76 DENIFL, Stefan IAM Cycling +54' 26"
77 MOINARD, Amaël BMC +54' 31"
78 STETINA, Peter Trek-Segafredo +54' 46"
79 TIRALONGO, Paolo Astana +56' 07"
80 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher Orica-GreenEdge +01h 00' 02"
81 ROSSKOPF, Joey BMC +01h 04' 38"
82 PLAZA, Ruben Orica-GreenEdge +01h 05' 39"
83 TXURRUKA, Amets Orica-GreenEdge +01h 05' 59"
84 RESTREPO, Jhonatan Katusha +01h 09' 32"
85 WYSS, Marcel IAM Cycling +01h 10' 25"
86 MEIER, Christian Orica-GreenEdge +01h 10' 57"
87 ANACONA, Winner Movistar +01h 11' 49"
88 GONÇALVES, Domingos Caja Rural +01h 12' 56"
89 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel Dimension Data +01h 13' 01"
90 LASTRA, Jonathan Caja Rural +01h 13' 31"
91 HOWES, Alex Cannondale +01h 14' 15"
92 BELKOV, Maxim Katusha +01h 16' 07"
93 PETROV, Evgeny Tinkoff +01h 17' 12"
94 DEBESAY, Mekseb Dimension Data +01h 19' 16"
95 BENITO, Miguel Angel Caja Rural +01h 21' 08"
96 AREGGER, Marcel IAM Cycling +01h 21' 52"
97 FAIRLY, Caleb Giant-Alpecin +01h 32' 53"

Stage 6 profile:

Stage 6 profile


Friday, April 8: Stage 5, Orio - Arrate, 159 km (Queen Stage)

Stage 5 profile

Diego Rosa

Not the usual way to cross the line when winning a stage, but it worked for Diego Rosa

The Race: Here's the story from new race leader Sergio Henao's Sky team.

Sergio Henao stormed into the race lead at the Tour of the Basque Country with a strong display of climbing on the penultimate stage. The Colombian jumped from the peloton on the final climb and only Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) could stay with him as he finished in second place, three minutes and 41 seconds behind solo stage winner Diego Rosa (Astana).

Overnight leader Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) relinquished the yellow jersey having been dropped on the last ascent, and he finished over a minute down on Henao after crossing the line alongside the industrious Mikel Landa.

Those results mean Henao holds a six-second lead over Contador heading into a hilly 16.5km concluding time trial.

Rosa had attacked from the breakaway 100km from the finish, and as he pressed home his advantage the race became increasingly fractured behind. Henao and Contador sprung clear on the lower slopes of the Alto de Arrate, and only Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) managed to get back in touch with that pair at the finish, setting up a mouthwatering finale on Saturday.

A delighted Henao spoke to us back at the bus and told us that he's over the moon to have secured the yellow jersey. He said: "I'm really happy. I've fought really hard every day to take the leader's jersey and I finally have it!

"When me and Alberto [Contador] went to the front we both wanted to gain time ahead of tomorrow's time trial and we worked well together. The team did a super job today and I'm really happy with all my team-mates. Tactically today we did a great job today too - Mikel's attack before the last climb forced the other teams to work. Everyone has been super focused across the week."

And looking ahead to tomorrow's time trial, Henao is confident that the course suits him. He added: "It's a hillier course than last year and the uphill sections will be really important. The time trial suits me better this year."

Sport Director Dario Cioni concurs with Henao and believes he stands a good chance tomorrow, while he also praised the work of the team. He said: "The course is very typical and it's good for Sergio. The strongest guy of the first four riders will win the overall and if Sergio pulls it off it will also be thanks to the work of all his team-mates. In this race we've shown we are the strongest team and to finish if off will be an amazing achievement."

Story of the day: A large 24-man break, including David Lopez, went clear early in the race before Rosa launched his own attack. Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Carlos Verona (Etixx - Quick-Step) and Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) set about chasing him down as four groups formed on the road.
After cresting the penultimate climb only Monfort and Armee remained in the second group chasing Rosa, while the reduced peloton caught what remained of Lopez's group.

It was a brutal day in Spain, with eight categorised climbs, and Vasil Kiryienka and Xabi Zandio abandoned the race midway through the stage, reducing the team to six riders.

But Lopez was doing a fine job and he attacked again 23km from the line before Landa bridged across to his fellow countryman in what looked to be a pre-planned move.

The pair were joined by Verona, Simon Clarke (Cannondale) and Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), and behind Contador and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) were forced to work to bring the group back, allowing Henao to sit comfortably in the bunch.

Landa was eventually caught a kilometre up the last ascent as Henao and Contador hit out, while up front Rosa showed no signs of fatigue as he powered to a fine win.

Having crested the climb it seemed unlikely that Henao or Contador would be able to outsprint one another and so it proved, as they crossed the line at the same time to hand the Colombian the lead.

Complete Results:

159 kilometers raced at an average speed of 36.790 km/hr

1 Diego Rosa Astana 4hr 19min 19sec
2 Sergio Henao Sky @ 3min 13sec
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff s.t.
4 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha +3' 15''
5 Thibaut Pinot FDJ s.t.
6 Samuel Sánchez BMC +3' 40''
7 Nairo Quintana Movistar +3' 41''
8 Lawson Craddock Cannondale +3' 56''
9 Rui Costa Lampre-Merida +4' 12''
10 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data s.t.
11 Simon Špilak Katusha s.t.
12 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ +4' 14''
13 Pierre Latour Ag2r +4' 17''
14 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo +4' 24''
15 Mikel Landa Sky s.t.
16 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge +4' 41''
17 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r s.t.
18 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
19 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida s.t.
20 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
21 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural +4' 47''
22 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +5' 03''
23 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx-Quick Step +5' 56''
24 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis s.t.
25 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural s.t.
26 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal +6' 22''
27 Sebastián Henao Sky +6' 52''
28 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
29 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal +7' 50''
30 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff +8' 39''
31 Daniel Navarro Cofidis +8' 44''
32 Andrey Zeits Astana s.t.
33 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo +9' 06''
34 Michael Valgren Tinkoff s.t.
35 Simon Clarke Cannondale +9' 25''
36 Damiano Caruso BMC +9' 47''
37 Pierre Rolland Cannondale s.t.
38 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
39 Carlos Verona Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
40 Arthur Vichot FDJ s.t.
41 Darwin Atapuma BMC s.t.
42 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural +10' 06''
43 Anthony Roux FDJ +10' 23''
44 Sam Oomen Giant - Alpecin +10' 35''
45 André Cardoso Cannondale s.t.
46 Laurens De Plus Etixx-Quick Step +10' 42''
47 Michael Woods Cannondale +12' 02''
48 David López Sky +12' 04''
49 Yoann Bagot Cofidis +12' 06''
50 Luis León Sánchez Astana +13' 52''
51 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff +14' 14''
52 Davide Villella Cannondale s.t.
53 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
54 Stefan Denifl IAM Cycling +14' 17''
55 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida +15' 31''
56 Simone Petilli Lampre-Merida s.t.
57 Hubert Dupont Ag2r s.t.
58 Egor Silin Katusha s.t.
59 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha s.t.
60 Steve Morabito FDJ s.t.
61 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
62 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
63 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural s.t.
64 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
65 Simon Geschke Giant - Alpecin +15' 52''
66 Philip Deignan Sky +16' 40''
67 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +17' 07''
68 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis s.t.
69 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo s.t.
70 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
71 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling +22' 22''
72 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha s.t.
73 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
74 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant - Alpecin s.t.
75 Peter Velits BMC s.t.
76 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +22' 25''
77 Igor Antón Dimension Data s.t.
78 Dario Cataldo Astana s.t.
79 Daniel Moreno Movistar s.t.
80 Eduard Prades Caja Rural s.t.
81 Ángel Vicioso Katusha s.t.
82 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
83 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
84 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo s.t.
85 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
86 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha s.t.
87 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data s.t.
88 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
89 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
90 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
91 Pieter Serry Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
92 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
93 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data s.t.
94 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
95 Caleb Fairly Giant - Alpecin s.t.
96 Paolo Tiralongo Astana s.t.
97 Alex Howes Cannondale s.t.
98 Rudy Molard Cofidis s.t.
99 Jérémy Roy FDJ s.t.
100 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
101 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
102 Maxim Belkov Katusha +22' 50''
103 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant - Alpecin +23' 14''
104 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling s.t.
105 Jesús Herrada Movistar +23' 19''

GC after Stage 5:

836.7 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 37.593 km/hr

1 Sergio Henao Sky 22hr 15min 24sec
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff @ 6sec
3 Thibaut Pinot FDJ +10''
4 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha +12''
5 Samuel Sánchez BMC +31''
6 Nairo Quintana Movistar +38''
7 Lawson Craddock Cannondale +1' 00''
8 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 07''
9 Rui Costa Lampre-Merida +1' 09''
10 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ +1' 11''
11 Mikel Landa Sky +1' 14''
12 Simon Špilak Katusha +1' 22''
13 Pierre Latour Ag2r +1' 33''
14 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal +1' 38''
15 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r +1' 56''
16 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo +2' 02''
17 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +2' 39''
18 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural +3' 13''
19 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data +3' 43''
20 Miguel Ángel López Astana +5' 48''
21 Daniel Navarro Cofidis +6' 42''
22 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis +7' 04''
23 Sebastián Henao Sky +9' 22''
24 Pierre Rolland Cannondale +10' 35''
25 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo +10' 54''
26 Diego Rosa Astana +11' 00''
27 Laurens De Plus Etixx-Quick Step +11' 29''
28 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo +12' 28''
29 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha +13' 40''
30 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis +14' 15''
31 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff +14' 23''
32 Carlos Verona Etixx-Quick Step +14' 30''
33 Darwin Atapuma BMC +14' 45''
34 Sam Oomen Giant - Alpecin +16' 07''
35 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge +16' 23''
36 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal +16' 53''
37 André Cardoso Cannondale +17' 06''
38 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida +18' 30''
39 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida +18' 39''
40 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff +18' 43''
41 Hubert Dupont Ag2r +18' 50''
42 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx-Quick Step +20' 05''
43 Rudy Molard Cofidis +20' 10''
44 Luis León Sánchez Astana +20' 24''
45 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal +20' 53''
46 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo +20' 57''
47 Daniel Moreno Movistar +21' 29''
48 Simone Petilli Lampre-Merida +22' 05''
49 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge +23' 19''
50 Simon Clarke Cannondale +24' 23''
51 Michael Valgren Tinkoff +25' 12''
52 Andrey Zeits Astana +25' 25''
53 Steve Cummings Dimension Data +25' 29''
54 Yoann Bagot Cofidis +26' 46''
55 Michael Woods Cannondale +28' 00''
56 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha +28' 25''
57 Damiano Caruso BMC +31' 30''
58 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r +32' 44''
59 Davide Villella Cannondale +33' 17''
60 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant - Alpecin +35' 43''
61 Arthur Vichot FDJ +36' 00''
62 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo +36' 20''
63 Steve Morabito FDJ +36' 28''
64 Philip Deignan Sky +37' 10''
65 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo +37' 28''
66 Ángel Vicioso Katusha +37' 34''
67 Egor Silin Katusha +37' 34''
68 Igor Antón Dimension Data +38' 46''
69 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo +39' 07''
70 Pieter Serry Etixx-Quick Step +39' 42''
71 Dario Cataldo Astana +40' 04''
72 Anthony Roux FDJ +40' 13''
73 Jérémy Roy FDJ +40' 52''
74 Simon Geschke Giant - Alpecin +40' 59''
75 Eduard Prades Caja Rural +42' 21''
76 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural +44' 07''
77 Jesús Herrada Movistar +46' 24''
78 David López Sky +47' 01''
79 Peter Velits BMC +47' 54''
80 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural +48' 48''
81 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +49' 48''
82 Amaël Moinard BMC +50' 45''
83 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo +51' 05''
84 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +51' 36''
85 Paolo Tiralongo Astana +51' 37''
86 Stefan Denifl IAM Cycling +51' 52''
87 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge +56' 01''
88 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge +59' 19''
89 Joey Rosskopf BMC +1h 00' 17''
90 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge +1h 01' 09''
91 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha +1h 06' 40''
92 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge +1h 06' 45''
93 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling +1h 07' 25''
94 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant - Alpecin +1h 07' 49''
95 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +1h 08' 13''
96 Winner Anacona Movistar +1h 08' 17''
97 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data +1h 08' 35''
98 Alex Howes Cannondale +1h 09' 37''
99 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural +1h 10' 28''
100 Maxim Belkov Katusha +1h 11' 51''
101 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +1h 13' 16''
102 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data +1h 16' 04''
103 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling +1h 16' 10''
104 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +1h 17' 27''
105 Caleb Fairly Giant - Alpecin +1h 27' 28''

Stage 5 profile:

Stage 5 profile


Thursday, April 7: Stage 4, Lesaka - Orio, 165 km

Stage 4 profile

Samuel Sanchez

Samuel Sanchez wins Basque Country stage 4. Photo ©Tim De Waele/ TDWSport.com

The Race: Here's the stage story from stage winner Samuel Sanchez's BMC team.

07 April, 2016, Orio (ESP): Samuel Sánchez crossed the line with a look of pure happiness as he took the win on Stage 4 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco and claimed his first victory for the season.

Stage 4 was nothing short of tough with 6 categorized climbs distributed over the 165km course, but it was a late attack from Sanchez with just under two kilometers to go that sealed the victory.

Sánchez' win is another addition to his already impressive results list at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, taking his number of stage wins to eight. He has retained his fourth place on the General Classification, 8 seconds behind new race leader Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).

When we managed to tear Sánchez away from his fans after the stage, this is what he had to say.

The look on your face as you crossed the finish line was of pure happiness. Can you describe this moment?

"For me it was a really, really beautiful day. The victory is really amazing. It's a victory for my mind. It's more important for me, for my mind and for the team. For BMC Racing Team today was a hard day because at the beginning of the stage, six of my teammates and I split from the peloton so we worked a lot to catch the first group. Then we caught the group before the final and I won the stage for my teammates."

It was by no means an easy stage today, how did you feel in the legs?

"The stage was really hard. A lot of rain, a bit dangerous, a lot of big climbs and the pace of the race is so high. There were a lot of attacks at the final. When Contador attacked I stayed in his wheel and counter attacked in the last 200 meters of the climb. And then I went full gas to the finish and I could raise my hands as I crossed the line."

This is your first individual win since 2013 and it is in Spain. How much more special does that make it?

"It's my first individual win with BMC Racing Team. My last individual win was at the Dauphine in 2013 and this is too many years for me. Now it is a really, really beautiful day for me and for my mind it is a super important victory."

And now looking forward to the next stages?

"The GC is difficult and tomorrow is a really difficult day. It's particularly difficult because of my rivals and the weather. Tomorrow is up and down and with a climb for the finish, so we will take things day by day. For now we will enjoy today."

Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director: "At the beginning Samuel was dropped early in the stage but the team pulled for 25 kilometers. We took the responsibility of bringing him back to the bunch. In the final I told Samuel to stay in the front and with 1.5 kilometers to go Contador had attacked and I said to Samuel if you have the legs now is the time to go, go, go. The team did a very good job for him. It's an amazing result for him and an amazing result for the team."

"We knew that it was a perfect stage for him, particularly the final, but we didn't put a lot of pressure on him. I knew he had the legs to win."

Complete Results:

165 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.100 km/hr

1 Samuel Sánchez BMC 4hr 13min 12sec
2 Rui Costa Lampre-Merida s.t.
3 Warren Barguil Giant-Alpecin s.t.
4 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r s.t.
5 Sergio Henao Sky s.t.
6 Nairo Quintana Movistar s.t.
7 Alberto Contador Tinkoff s.t.
8 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
9 Lawson Craddock Cannondale s.t.
10 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha s.t.
11 Thibaut Pinot FDJ s.t.
12 Simon Yates Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
13 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis s.t.
14 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
15 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ s.t.
16 Rudy Molard Cofidis s.t.
17 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
18 Laurens De Plus Etixx - Quick-Step @ 8sec
19 Pierre Latour Ag2r s.t.
20 Mikel Landa Sky s.t.
21 Simon Špilak Katusha s.t.
22 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +11''
23 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data +13''
24 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha s.t.
25 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
26 Daniel Navarro Cofidis s.t.
27 Darwin Atapuma BMC +18''
28 Fabio Aru Astana +19''
29 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
30 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal +27''
31 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida +39''
32 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis s.t.
33 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural +1' 07''
34 Christophe Riblon Ag2r +1' 17''
35 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff s.t.
36 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
37 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo +1' 24''
38 Daniel Moreno Movistar s.t.
39 Tom-Jelte Slagter Cannondale s.t.
40 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo +1' 48''
41 Hubert Dupont Ag2r s.t.
42 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal s.t.
43 Simone Petilli Lampre-Merida +2' 14''
44 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge +2' 26''
45 Sebastián Henao Sky +2' 35''
46 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal +2' 46''
47 Carlos Verona Etixx - Quick-Step s.t.
48 Pierre Rolland Cannondale +2' 49''
49 Anthony Turgis Cofidis +2' 52''
50 Michael Valgren Tinkoff +4' 52''
51 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff s.t.
52 André Cardoso Cannondale s.t.
53 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
54 Nicolas Edet Cofidis s.t.
55 Andrey Zeits Astana s.t.
56 Sam Oomen Giant-Alpecin s.t.
57 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida s.t.
58 Davide Villella Cannondale s.t.
59 Luis León Sánchez Astana s.t.
60 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo +7' 26''
61 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
62 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling s.t.
63 Eduard Prades Caja Rural s.t.
64 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural s.t.
65 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin s.t.
66 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
67 Philip Deignan Sky s.t.
68 David López Sky s.t.
69 Igor Antón Dimension Data s.t.
70 Valerio Conti Lampre-Merida s.t.
71 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
72 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
73 Simon Geschke Giant-Alpecin s.t.
74 Arthur Vichot FDJ s.t.
75 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
76 Anthony Roux FDJ s.t.
77 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
78 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha s.t.
79 Ángel Vicioso Katusha s.t.
80 Peter Velits BMC +11' 10''
81 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
82 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo s.t.
83 Danilo Wyss BMC s.t.
84 Pieter Serry Etixx - Quick-Step s.t.
85 Mário Costa Lampre-Merida s.t.
86 Diego Rosa Astana s.t.
87 Paolo Tiralongo Astana s.t.
88 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
89 Egor Silin Katusha s.t.
90 Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
91 Jérémy Roy FDJ s.t.
92 Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky s.t.
93 Steve Cummings Dimension Data s.t.
94 Steve Morabito FDJ s.t.
95 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
96 Michael Woods Cannondale s.t.
97 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida s.t.
98 Damiano Caruso BMC s.t.
99 Vasil Kiryienka Sky s.t.
100 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
101 Julien Simon Cofidis s.t.
102 Simon Clarke Cannondale s.t.
103 Victor Campenaerts LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
104 Jesús Herrada Movistar s.t.
105 Yoann Bagot Cofidis s.t.
106 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
107 Jan Bakelants Ag2r s.t.
108 Dario Cataldo Astana s.t.
109 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
110 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
111 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
112 Daniel Martin Etixx - Quick-Step +13' 20''
113 Silvan Dillier BMC +13' 40''
114 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx - Quick-Step s.t.
115 Ryder Hesjedal Trek-Segafredo +15' 33''
116 Larry Warbasse IAM Cycling +16' 41''
117 Stefan Denifl IAM Cycling s.t.
118 Julien Vermote Etixx - Quick-Step +18' 16''
119 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
120 Omar Fraile Dimension Data s.t.
121 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant-Alpecin s.t.
122 Caleb Fairly Giant-Alpecin s.t.
123 Clément Chevrier IAM Cycling s.t.
124 William Bonnet FDJ s.t.
125 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling s.t.
126 David Tanner IAM Cycling s.t.
127 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data s.t.
128 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
129 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
130 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
131 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural s.t.
132 Sindre Lunke Giant-Alpecin s.t.
133 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
134 Alex Howes Cannondale s.t.
135 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha s.t.
136 Natnael Berhane Dimension Data s.t.
137 Maxim Belkov Katusha s.t.
138 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural s.t.
139 Xabier Zandio Sky s.t.
140 Blel Kadri Ag2r +20' 58''
141 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data s.t.
142 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling s.t.
143 Rodrigo Contreras Etixx - Quick-Step s.t.
144 Cédric Pineau FDJ s.t.
145 Carter Jones Giant-Alpecin s.t.
146 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

677.7 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 37.903 km/hr

1 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo 17hr 52min 48sec
2 Sergio Henao Sky @ 4sec
3 Mikel Landa Sky +7''
4 Samuel Sánchez BMC +8''
5 Alberto Contador Tinkoff +10''
6 Thibaut Pinot FDJ +12''
7 Rui Costa Lampre-Merida +14''
8 Nairo Quintana Movistar s.t.
9 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ s.t.
11 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha s.t.
12 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 Lawson Craddock Cannondale +21''
14 Warren Barguil Giant-Alpecin +25''
15 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis s.t.
16 Simon Špilak Katusha +27''
17 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r +32''
18 Pierre Latour Ag2r +33''
19 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo +38''
20 Fabio Aru Astana +40''
21 Simon Yates Orica-GreenEdge +51''
22 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +53''
23 Rudy Molard Cofidis +1' 02''
24 Daniel Navarro Cofidis +1' 15''
25 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha +1' 26''
26 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural +1' 43''
27 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo +1' 49''
28 Miguel Ángel López Astana +2' 13''
29 Daniel Moreno Movistar +2' 21''
30 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge +2' 33''
31 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data +2' 48''
32 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff +3' 26''
33 Laurens De Plus Etixx - Quick-Step +4' 04''
34 Pierre Rolland Cannondale +4' 05''
35 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis +4' 25''
36 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo +5' 05''
37 Tom-Jelte Slagter Cannondale +5' 18''
38 Sebastián Henao Sky +5' 47''
39 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida +6' 16''
40 Hubert Dupont Ag2r +6' 36''
41 Carlos Verona Etixx - Quick-Step +8' 00''
42 Darwin Atapuma BMC +8' 15''
43 Sam Oomen Giant-Alpecin +8' 49''
44 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha +9' 20''
45 André Cardoso Cannondale +9' 48''
46 Luis León Sánchez Astana +9' 49''
47 Simone Petilli Lampre-Merida +9' 51''
48 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff +13' 21''
49 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal +13' 48''
50 Diego Rosa Astana +14' 17''
51 Steve Cummings Dimension Data +14' 32''
52 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin +15' 46''
53 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal +15' 52''
54 Jan Bakelants Ag2r +15' 55''
55 Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEdge +16' 12''
56 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal +16' 20''
57 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo +17' 12''
58 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida +17' 15''
59 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx - Quick-Step +17' 26''
60 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
61 Yoann Bagot Cofidis +17' 57''
62 Simon Clarke Cannondale +18' 15''
63 Ángel Vicioso Katusha +18' 26''
64 Michael Woods Cannondale +19' 15''
65 Michael Valgren Tinkoff +19' 23''
66 Igor Antón Dimension Data +19' 38''
67 Andrey Zeits Astana +19' 58''
68 Vasil Kiryienka Sky +20' 20''
69 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r +20' 30''
70 Daniel Martin Etixx - Quick-Step +20' 31''
71 Pieter Serry Etixx - Quick-Step +20' 34''
72 Dario Cataldo Astana +20' 56''
73 Jérémy Roy FDJ +21' 44''
74 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge +21' 55''
75 Davide Villella Cannondale +22' 20''
76 Eduard Prades Caja Rural +23' 13''
77 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo +23' 38''
78 Philip Deignan Sky +23' 47''
79 Steve Morabito FDJ +24' 14''
80 Damiano Caruso BMC +25' 00''
81 Julien Simon Cofidis +25' 19''
82 Egor Silin Katusha +25' 20''
83 Valerio Conti Lampre-Merida +25' 36''
84 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +26' 15''
85 Jesús Herrada Movistar +26' 22''
86 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo +26' 53''
87 Anthony Turgis Cofidis +28' 00''
88 Ryder Hesjedal Trek-Segafredo +28' 23''
89 Simon Geschke Giant-Alpecin +28' 24''
90 Peter Velits BMC +28' 49''
91 Danilo Wyss BMC +29' 12''
92 Arthur Vichot FDJ +29' 30''
93 Natnael Berhane Dimension Data +31' 29''
94 Amaël Moinard BMC +31' 37''
95 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural +31' 53''
96 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo +31' 57''
97 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling +32' 05''
98 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +32' 28''
99 Paolo Tiralongo Astana +32' 29''
100 Anthony Roux FDJ +33' 07''
101 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +35' 58''
102 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge +36' 53''
103 Rory Sutherland Movistar +37' 36''
104 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal +37' 52''
105 David López Sky +38' 14''
106 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo +38' 22''
107 Christophe Riblon Ag2r +39' 16''
108 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida +39' 57''
109 David Tanner IAM Cycling +39' 58''
110 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge +40' 11''
111 Larry Warbasse IAM Cycling +40' 20''
112 Stefan Denifl IAM Cycling +40' 52''
113 Joey Rosskopf BMC +41' 09''
114 Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky +41' 27''
115 Silvan Dillier BMC +42' 27''
116 Rodrigo Contreras Etixx - Quick-Step +44' 56''
117 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural +46' 09''
118 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha +47' 32''
119 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge +47' 37''
120 Omar Fraile Dimension Data +47' 55''
121 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling +48' 20''
122 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant-Alpecin +48' 44''
123 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +49' 05''
124 Winner Anacona Movistar +49' 09''
125 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data +49' 27''
126 Mário Costa Lampre-Merida +49' 34''
127 William Bonnet FDJ +50' 15''
128 Alex Howes Cannondale +50' 29''
129 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +50' 53''
130 Cédric Pineau FDJ +51' 03''
131 Victor Campenaerts LottoNL-Jumbo +51' 12''
132 Clément Chevrier IAM Cycling +52' 06''
133 Maxim Belkov Katusha +52' 18''
134 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +54' 11''
135 Sindre Lunke Giant-Alpecin +54' 14''
136 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge +54' 39''
137 Xabier Zandio Sky +54' 43''
138 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling +56' 13''
139 Carter Jones Giant-Alpecin +56' 28''
140 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data +56' 56''
141 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural +58' 19''
142 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural +1h 03' 39''
143 Blel Kadri Ag2r +1h 04' 55''
144 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling +1h 04' 55''
145 Caleb Fairly Giant-Alpecin +1h 08' 20''
146 Julien Vermote Etixx - Quick-Step +1h 08' 37''

Stage 4 profile:

Stage 4 profile


Wednesday, April 6: Stage 3, Vitoria Gasteiz - Lesaka, 193.5 km

Stage 3 profile

Steve Cummings

Stephen Cummings wins stage 3

The Race: Here's what stage winner Steve Cummings' Dimension Data team said about the day's competition.

The 3rd stage of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco was a perfect day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Steve Cummings attacked with 1km to go and soloed to a magnificent stage victory. Cummings just held off the chasing pack which was led home by Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge) with Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) in 3rd.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka could not have scripted the stage any better as Daniel Teklehaimanot got into the early break of the day with 4 other riders. The stage was 193km in length with 3 categorised climbs coming in the final 35km of the stage. Teklehaimanot rode well in the break but the peloton kept the escapees on a short leash and so just before the climbs started, Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) and Sam Oomen (Giant-Alpecin) jumped away from the break while the other 3 riders returned to the peloton.

Our African Team were able to conserve energy in the peloton while Teklehaimanot spent the day in the break, and this set the team up nicely to take on the final climbs with the main group. A number of attacks flew from the peloton but Team Sky set a relentless pace on the front which meant nobody would get more than a minute’s lead in the final 30km.

Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) would eventually bridge and then pass the two lone leaders just before the top of the final climb, but the gap to the now 40 rider peloton was only 25″. Cummings and Serge Pauwels were both part of this select group and with Orica-Greenedge now setting the pace, our two African Team riders just bided their time. Navarro was caught in the final 4km and this played perfectly into the hands of Cummings.

In typical fashion, our British star went from the rear of the main group and just powered off the front with an incredible seated attack as the race went under the 1km to go banner. The main group hesitated for a second and this gave Cummings the upper hand. Cannondale and Orica-Greenedge put everything into the final 700m but Cummings had done it again. With his arms in the air, the peloton sprinted home a few meters behind Cummings with teammate Pauwles also punching the air in jubilation as he watched Steve take a fine win.

Steve Cummings – Rider: What a brilliant feeling this is. These early season races are so hard and to get two wins now, one in Tirreno-Adriatico and another here at Pais Vasco, it feels quite good. Before we came to Pais Vasco though I said I wanted to win a stage, some people may have thought something different about that but I am happy to have done it. I’m really pleased that I get to stand on the podium once again for Qhubeka, it just makes it such a good day for us.

Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director: Today was one of those day’s where everything works out. We wanted to be in the break because there was a 50% chance that the break would make it to the finish. Daniel Teklehaimanot was in, and that was perfect. The only problem was the Giant-Alpecin rider was 4 minutes behind on GC so the gap never got more than 5 minutes. So coming to the final, we wanted to try something. Steve got a great victory in typical and perfect Steve Cummings style. We are very happy with this result, the guys did a great job today.

Complete Results:

193.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.450 km/hr

1 Steve Cummings Dimension Data 5hr 1min 57sec
2 Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
3 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo s.t.
4 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
5 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
6 Simon Clarke Cannondale s.t.
7 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal s.t.
8 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural s.t.
9 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha s.t.
10 Sergio Henao Sky s.t.
11 Warren Barguil Giant-Alpecin s.t.
12 Damiano Caruso BMC s.t.
13 Daniel Moreno Movistar s.t.
14 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data s.t.
15 Rui Costa Lampre Merida s.t.
16 Alberto Contador Tinkoff s.t.
17 Rudy Molard Cofidis s.t.
18 Hubert Dupont Ag2r s.t.
19 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
20 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r s.t.
21 Diego Rosa Astana s.t.
22 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
23 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis s.t.
24 Lawson Craddock Cannondale s.t.
25 Fabio Aru Astana s.t.
26 Nairo Quintana Movistar s.t.
27 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
28 Pierre Latour Ag2r s.t.
29 Thibaut Pinot FDJ s.t.
30 Laurens De Plus Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
31 Diego Ulissi Lampre Merida s.t.
32 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
33 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ s.t.
34 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff s.t.
35 Andrey Zeits Astana s.t.
36 Pierre Rolland Cannondale s.t.
37 Mikel Landa Sky s.t.
38 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo s.t.
39 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
40 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha s.t.
41 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
42 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha s.t.
43 Sam Oomen Giant-Alpecin s.t.
44 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis s.t.
45 Simon Špilak Katusha s.t.
46 Sebastián Henao Sky s.t.
47 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff s.t.
48 Yoann Bagot Cofidis s.t.
49 Dario Cataldo Astana s.t.
50 Simon Yates Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
51 Daniel Navarro Cofidis s.t.
52 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
53 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge @ 19sec
54 Julien Simon Cofidis @ 3min 33sec
55 Jérémy Roy FDJ s.t.
56 Tom-Jelte Slagter Cannondale s.t.
57 Danilo Wyss BMC s.t.
58 Pieter Serry Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
59 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural s.t.
60 André Cardoso Cannondale s.t.
61 José Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
62 Ángel Vicioso Katusha s.t.
63 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo s.t.
64 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal s.t.
65 Vasil Kiryienka Sky s.t.
66 Philip Deignan Sky s.t.
67 Carlos Verona Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
68 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida s.t.
69 Luis León Sánchez Astana s.t.
70 Natnael Berhane Dimension Data s.t.
71 Steve Morabito FDJ s.t.
72 Simone Petilli Lampre Merida s.t.
73 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling s.t.
74 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
75 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal s.t.
76 Jan Bakelants Ag2r s.t.
77 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin +3' 57''
78 David Tanner IAM Cycling s.t.
79 Tosh Van der Sande Lotto-Soudal s.t.
80 Michael Valgren Tinkoff s.t.
81 Rory Sutherland Movistar +6' 29''
82 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
83 Ryder Hesjedal Trek-Segafredo s.t.
84 Egor Silin Katusha s.t.
85 Simon Geschke Giant-Alpecin s.t.
86 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
87 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
88 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
89 Nicolas Edet Cofidis s.t.
90 Jesús Herrada Movistar s.t.
91 Peter Velits BMC s.t.
92 Michael Woods Cannondale s.t.
93 Paolo Tiralongo Astana s.t.
94 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
95 Arthur Vichot FDJ s.t.
96 Darwin Atapuma BMC s.t.
97 Davide Villella Cannondale s.t.
98 AustriaStefan Denifl IAM Cycling s.t.
99 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge +8' 28''
100 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha s.t.
101 Igor Antón Dimension Data +11' 30''
102 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
103 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
104 Omar Fraile Dimension Data s.t.
105 Anthony Turgis Cofidis +11' 42''
106 Maxim Belkov Katusha +13' 53''
107 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data s.t.
108 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data s.t.
109 Eduard Prades Caja Rural s.t.
110 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural s.t.
111 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo s.t.
112 Alex Howes Cannondale s.t.
113 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
114 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
115 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo s.t.
116 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling s.t.
117 Jan Polanc Lampre Merida s.t.
118 Clément Chevrier IAM Cycling s.t.
119 Larry Warbasse IAM Cycling s.t.
120 Manuele Mori Lampre Merida s.t.
121 Rodrigo Contreras Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
122 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
123 Sindre Lunke Giant-Alpecin s.t.
124 Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky s.t.
125 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
126 George Bennett LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
127 Anthony Roux FDJ +13' 58''
128 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
129 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge +15' 54''
130 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
131 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
132 Martin Velits Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
133 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant-Alpecin s.t.
134 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
135 Mário Costa Lampre Merida s.t.
136 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff s.t.
137 Cédric Pineau FDJ s.t.
138 Blel Kadri Ag2r s.t.
139 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
140 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling s.t.
141 Victor Campenaerts LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
142 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling s.t.
143 Xabier Zandio Sky s.t.
144 David López Sky s.t.
145 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural s.t.
146 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
147 Carter Jones Giant-Alpecin s.t.
148 Caleb Fairly Giant-Alpecin s.t.
149 Christophe Riblon Ag2r s.t.
150 William Bonnet FDJ s.t.
151 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural s.t.
152 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

512.7 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 37.534 km/hr

1 Mikel Landa Sky 13hr 39min 35sec
2 Wilco Kelderman LottoNL-Jumbo @1sec
3 Sergio Henao Sky +5''
4 Samuel Sánchez BMC +9''
5 Alberto Contador Tinkoff +11''
6 Thibaut Pinot FDJ +13''
7 Rui Costa Lampre Merida +15''
8 Nairo Quintana Movistar s.t.
9 Robert Gesink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ s.t.
11 Joaquim Rodríguez Katusha s.t.
12 Louis Vervaeke Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 Simon Špilak Katusha +20''
14 Lawson Craddock Cannondale +22''
15 Fabio Aru Astana s.t.
16 Fabio Felline Trek-Segafredo +26''
17 Warren Barguil Giant-Alpecin s.t.
18 Pierre Latour Ag2r s.t.
19 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis s.t.
20 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r +33''
22 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural +37''
23 Giovanni Visconti Movistar +43''
24 Simon Yates Orica-GreenEdge +52''
25 Daniel Moreno Movistar +58''
26 Rudy Molard Cofidis +1' 03''
27 Daniel Navarro Cofidis s.t.
28 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha +1' 14''
29 Pierre Rolland Cannondale +1' 17''
30 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
31 Diego Ulissi Lampre Merida +1' 25''
32 Sergey Chernetsky Katusha +1' 55''
33 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
34 Roman Kreuziger Tinkoff +2' 10''
35 Serge Pauwels Dimension Data +2' 36''
36 Diego Rosa Astana +3' 08''
37 Sebastián Henao Sky +3' 13''
38 Fränk Schleck Trek-Segafredo +3' 18''
39 Steve Cummings Dimension Data +3' 23''
40 Gianluca Brambilla Etixx-Quick Step +3' 47''
41 Luis Ángel Maté Cofidis s.t.
42 Tom-Jelte Slagter Cannondale +3' 55''
43 Laurens De Plus Etixx-Quick Step +3' 57''
44 Sam Oomen Giant-Alpecin +3' 58''
45 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal +4' 43''
46 Jan Bakelants Ag2r +4' 46''
47 Hubert Dupont Ag2r +4' 49''
48 André Cardoso Cannondale +4' 57''
49 Luis León Sánchez Astana +4' 58''
50 Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEdge +5' 03''
51 Carlos Verona Etixx-Quick Step +5' 15''
52 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal +6' 17''
53 Yoann Bagot Cofidis +6' 48''
54 Simon Clarke Cannondale +7' 06''
55 Daniel Martin Etixx-Quick Step +7' 12''
56 Simone Petilli Lampre Merida +7' 38''
57 Darwin Atapuma BMC +7' 58''
58 Michael Woods Cannondale +8' 06''
59 José Gonçalves Caja Rural +8' 20''
60 Fredrik Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin +8' 21''
61 Robert Kišerlovski Tinkoff +8' 30''
62 Vasil Kiryienka Sky +9' 11''
63 Pieter Serry Etixx-Quick Step +9' 25''
64 Dario Cataldo Astana +9' 47''
65 Jérémy Roy FDJ +10' 35''
66 Ángel Vicioso Katusha +11' 01''
67 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling +11' 08''
68 Igor Antón Dimension Data +12' 13''
69 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo +12' 21''
70 Ryder Hesjedal Trek-Segafredo +12' 51''
71 Steve Morabito FDJ +13' 05''
72 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
73 Natnael Berhane Dimension Data +13' 14''
74 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal +13' 22''
75 Damiano Caruso BMC +13' 51''
76 Julien Simon Cofidis +14' 10''
77 Egor Silin Katusha +14' 11''
78 Michael Valgren Tinkoff +14' 32''
79 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal +14' 33''
80 Andrey Zeits Astana +15' 07''
81 Jesús Herrada Movistar +15' 13''
82 Eduard Prades Caja Rural +15' 48''
83 Haimar Zubeldia Trek-Segafredo +16' 13''
84 Philip Deignan Sky +16' 22''
85 Jan Polanc Lampre Merida +16' 37''
86 Tosh Van der Sande Lotto-Soudal +17' 04''
87 Davide Villella Cannondale +17' 29''
88 Peter Velits BMC +17' 40''
89 Danilo Wyss BMC +18' 03''
90 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida +18' 11''
91 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +18' 50''
92 Koen Bouwman LottoNL-Jumbo +19' 28''
93 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge +19' 30''
94 Simon Geschke Giant-Alpecin +20' 59''
95 Paolo Tiralongo Astana +21' 20''
96 David Tanner IAM Cycling +21' 43''
97 Arthur Vichot FDJ +22' 05''
98 Larry Warbasse IAM Cycling +23' 40''
99 Rodrigo Contreras Etixx-Quick Step +23' 59''
100 Amaël Moinard BMC +24' 12''
101 AustriaStefan Denifl IAM Cycling +24' 12''
102 Fabricio Ferrari Caja Rural +24' 28''
103 Peter Stetina Trek-Segafredo +24' 32''
104 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL-Jumbo +25' 03''
105 Anthony Turgis Cofidis +25' 09''
106 Anthony Roux FDJ +25' 42''
107 Christopher Juul-Jensen Orica-GreenEdge +25' 44''
108 Rory Sutherland Movistar +26' 27''
109 Laurent Didier Trek-Segafredo +27' 13''
110 Ángel Madrazo Caja Rural +27' 54''
111 Silvan Dillier BMC +28' 48''
112 Manuele Mori Lampre Merida s.t.
113 Rubén Plaza Orica-GreenEdge +29' 02''
114 Jhonatan Restrepo Katusha +29' 17''
115 Omar Fraile Dimension Data +29' 40''
116 Joey Rosskopf BMC +30' 00''
117 Cédric Pineau FDJ +30' 06''
118 Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky +30' 18''
119 Johannes Fröhlinger Giant-Alpecin +30' 29''
120 David López Sky +30' 49''
121 Domingos Gonçalves Caja Rural +30' 50''
122 Winner Anacona Movistar +30' 54''
123 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +31' 07''
124 Daniel Teklehaimanot Dimension Data +31' 12''
125 George Bennett LottoNL-Jumbo +31' 31''
126 William Bonnet FDJ +32' 00''
127 Alex Howes Cannondale +32' 14''
128 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +32' 38''
129 Clément Chevrier IAM Cycling +33' 51''
130 Maxim Belkov Katusha +34' 03''
131 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff +34' 37''
132 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal +35' 07''
133 Carter Jones Giant-Alpecin +35' 31''
134 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data +35' 59''
135 Sindre Lunke Giant-Alpecin s.t.
136 Amets Txurruka Orica-GreenEdge +36' 24''
137 Christian Meier Orica-GreenEdge +36' 28''
138 Xabier Zandio Sky s.t.
139 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling +37' 58''
140 Christophe Riblon Ag2r +38' 00''
141 Mário Costa Lampre Merida +38' 25''
142 Victor Campenaerts LottoNL-Jumbo +40' 03''
143 Martin Velits Etixx-Quick Step +40' 04''
144 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
145 Miguel Ángel Benito Caja Rural s.t.
146 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling +40' 55''
147 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +43' 02''
148 Blel Kadri Ag2r +43' 58''
149 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling s.t.
150 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural +45' 24''
151 Caleb Fairly Giant-Alpecin +50' 05''
152 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step +50' 22''

Stage 3 profile:

Stage 3 profile


Tuesday, April 5: Stage 2, Markina Xemein - Baranbio Garrastatxu (Amurrio), 174.3 km

Stage 2 profile

Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa wins stage 2

The Race: Here's the organizer's explanation of the day's racing.

Garrastatxu chapel was the final line of the second stage. Mikel Landa (SKY) has been capable to win the stage near his town, Murgia. Now he is the new leader in Itzulia. Wilco Kelderman (TLJ) and both make some distance climbing Garrastatxu and the gap of 10seconds that they were able to have was enough to decide the winner of the stage. Landa was the fastest in the sprint on top of Garrastatxu.

The riders started fast this stage too. They were aware to have rain, but at the end we could enjoy the last kilometres without rain. The peloton was divided in two before the breakaway was created, and the leaders had some troubles. For instance, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) had a puncture and he had to take his teammate’s bike.

Apart of the troubles, Stefan Denifl (IAM), Louis Meintjes (LAM) and Angel Madrazo (CJR) made some distance with the peloton, and in the pass from the top of Untzilla they had 3 minutes gap. Meintjes was not able to keep the position in the small group. In top of Kruzeta the group was formed by Denifl and Meintjes.

Meintjes tried to reduce the gap and to move back to the breakaway but the south African rider did not have enough strength and the main bunch caught him before arrive to Murgia. Later on, due to a crash, he abandoned the race.

To the previous climb to Garrastatxu, Denifl and Madrazo where together. Before the organization had to make a decision: not to pass from the two intermediate sprints located in Amurrio, due to the oil found on the road. To guarantee the security of the riders, the organization changed the route to avoid that zone and because of that the distance had been reduced 2-3 kilometres.

11 kilometres to Garrastatxu Denifl and Madrazo were caught by the peloton. Katusha made a big effort for that: all eight riders were in front of the main peloton to catch Denifl and Madrazo.

3 kilometres to the finish line they took to the right to start climbing Garrastatxu. They had a 19% slope and the bravest riders tried to move forward, Landa and Kelderman. Both made a gap of 10 seconds with the main group.

The stage and the leadership of Itzulia was to be decided between the Basque and Netherlands rider. Landa made the first movement and he was able to leave Kelderman behind. Kelderman was second in the finish line to one second. Aitor Osa was the previous leader in Itzulia before Mikel Landa in the history of the tour.

The rest of the leaders arrived behind. Samuel Sanchez (BMC) moved first, but Sergio Henao (SKY) was able to pass him and he was third in the stage, 5 second later than his teammate Landa. Alberto Contador (TNK) lost 11 seconds, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 13 and Nairo Quintana (MOV) 15 seconds.

Tomorrow the stage will start from Vitoria-Gasteiz direction to Lesaka. It seems a more relaxed stage for the favourites. It could be a good stage for stage hunters and the fast riders of the peloton to win the stage. In total the riders has to pass 5 climbs, the last top of Errukiñe, 9 kilometres to the finish line.

Complete Results:

174.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 36.952 km/hr

1 LANDA, Mikel Sky 4hr 43min 1sec
2 KELDERMAN, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo @ sec
3 HENAO, Sergio Luis Sky +05"
4 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC +09"
5 CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff +11"
6 PINOT, Thibaut FDJ +13"
7 COSTA, Rui Lampre-Merida +15"
8 QUINTANA, Nairo Movistar s.t.
9 GESINK, Robert LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 REICHENBACH, Sebastien FDJ s.t.
11 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim Katusha s.t.
12 VERVAEKE, Louis Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 BILBAO, Pello Caja Rural +19"
14 SPILAK, Simon Katusha +20"
15 CRADDOCK, Lawson Cannondale +22"
16 ARU, Fabio Astana s.t.
17 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte Cannondale s.t.
18 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger Ag2r +26"
19 MOLLEMA, Bauke Trek-Segafredo s.t.
20 FELLINE, Fabio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21 JEANNESSON, Arnold Cofidis s.t.
22 BARGUIL, Warren Giant-Alpecin s.t.
23 PAUWELS, Serge Dimension Data +31"
24 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis Ag2r +33"
25 MARTIN, Daniel Etixx-Quick Step +43"
26 VISCONTI, Giovanni Movistar s.t.
27 ANTON, Igor Dimension Data s.t.
28 YATES, Simon Orica-GreenEdge +52"
29 MORENO, Daniel Movistar +58"
30 YATES, Adam Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
31 MOLARD, Rudy Cofidis +01' 03"
32 ROSA, Diego Astana s.t.
33 NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis s.t.
34 CARDOSO, André Cannondale +01' 06"
35 HENAO, Sebastian Sky +01' 08"
36 SCHLECK, Frank Trek-Segafredo +01' 13"
37 BAKELANTS, Jan Ag2r s.t.
38 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen Katusha +01' 14"
39 ROLLAND, Pierre Cannondale +01' 17"
40 ULISSI, Diego Lampre-Merida +01' 25"
41 MONFORT, Maxime Lotto-Soudal s.t.
42 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon Astana s.t.
43 ATAPUMA, Darwin BMC +01' 29"
44 POLANC, Jan Lampre-Merida +01' 31"
45 WOODS, Michael Cannondale +01' 37"
46 STETINA, Peter Trek-Segafredo s.t.
47 GONÇALVES, Jose Caja Rural +01' 42"
48 VERONA, Carlos Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
49 MATE, Luis Angel Cofidis s.t.
50 KISERLOVSKI, Robert Tinkoff s.t.
51 OOMEN, Sam Giant-Alpecin +01' 53"
52 PRADES, Eduard Caja Rural +01' 55"
53 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei Katusha s.t.
54 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel Astana s.t.
55 NORDHAUG, Lars Petter Sky +02' 03"
56 KREUZIGER, Roman Tinkoff +02' 10"
57 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik Giant-Alpecin +02' 19"
58 ROUX, Anthony FDJ +02' 42"
59 MORABITO, Steve FDJ +02' 44"
60 VICHOT, Arthur FDJ s.t.
61 DUPONT, Hubert Ag2r s.t.
62 MONTAGUTI, Matteo Ag2r s.t.
63 VELITS, Peter BMC +02' 47"
64 BERHANE, Natnael Dimension Data +02' 53"
65 HESJEDAL, Ryder Trek-Segafredo +03' 17"
66 CUMMINGS, Steven Dimension Data +03' 23"
67 SERRY, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step +03' 47"
68 BATTAGLIN, Enrico LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
69 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
70 PETILLI, Simone Lampre-Merida s.t.
71 VALGREN, Michael Tinkoff s.t.
72 ARMÉE, Sander Lotto-Soudal s.t.
73 LINDEMAN, Bertjan LottoNL-Jumbo +03' 57"
74 MARTENS, Paul LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
75 BOUWMAN, Koen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
76 DE PLUS, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
77 ROY, Jeremy FDJ s.t.
78 VANENDERT, Jelle Lotto-Soudal +04' 12"
79 VILLELLA, Davide Cannondale s.t.
80 ZUBELDIA, Haimar Trek-Segafredo +04' 16"
81 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel Dimension Data +04' 27"
82 FUMEAUX, Jonathan IAM Cycling +04' 30"
83 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh Lotto-Soudal +04' 43"
84 GALLOPIN, Tony Lotto-Soudal +04' 43"
85 BAGOT, Yoann Cofidis s.t.
86 DIDIER, Laurent Trek-Segafredo +04' 56"
87 GERRANS, Simon Orica-GreenEdge +05' 03"
88 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
89 KIRYIENKA, Vasil Sky +05' 20"
90 VICIOSO, Angel Katusha +05' 23"
91 FRÖHLINGER, Johannes Giant-Alpecin +05' 33"
92 MORI, Manuele Lampre-Merida +06' 31"
93 ANACONA, Winner Movistar +06' 36"
94 PINEAU, Cedric FDJ +06' 59"
95 CONTRERAS, Rodrigo Etixx-Quick Step +07' 01"
96 SUTHERLAND, Rory Movistar +07' 06"
97 CLARKE, Simon Cannondale s.t.
98 MEIER, Christian Orica-GreenEdge +07' 42"
99 VAN ZYL, Johann Dimension Data s.t.
100 CATALDO, Dario Astana s.t.
101 WYSS, Marcel IAM Cycling s.t.
102 ALBASINI, Michael Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
103 DILLIER, Silvan BMC s.t.
104 AREGGER, Marcel IAM Cycling s.t.
105 WARBASSE, Lawerence IAM Cycling s.t.
106 WYSS, Danilo BMC s.t.
107 LOPEZ, David Sky s.t.
108 ZANDIO, Xabier Sky s.t.
109 GESCHKE, Simon Giant-Alpecin s.t.
110 PLAZA, Ruben Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
111 SILIN, Egor Katusha s.t.
112 BONNET, William FDJ s.t.
113 DEIGNAN, Philip Sky s.t.
114 TURGIS, Anthony Cofidis +08' 20"
115 HERRADA, Jesus Movistar +08' 44"
116 HOWES, Alex Cannondale +09' 19"
117 ROSSKOPF, Joey BMC s.t.
118 DENIFL, Stefan IAM Cycling s.t.
119 MOINARD, Amaël BMC s.t.
120 COSTA, Mario Lampre-Merida +09' 39"
121 GONÇALVES, Domingos Caja Rural +09' 44"
122 FRAILE, Omar Dimension Data +09' 46"
123 MADRAZO, Angel Caja Rural +09' 55"
124 SIMON, Julien Cofidis +10' 19"
125 TANNER, David IAM Cycling +10' 33"
126 TIRALONGO, Paolo Astana +11' 46"
127 CARUSO, Damiano BMC s.t.
128 EDET, Nicolas Cofidis s.t.
129 BELKOV, Maxim Katusha s.t.
130 TOSATTO, Matteo Tinkoff +11' 55"
131 PETROV, Evgeny Tinkoff +12' 12"
132 RESTREPO, Jhonatan Katusha +12' 25"
133 WELLENS, Tim Lotto-Soudal +12' 45"
134 CHEVRIER, Clement IAM Cycling s.t.
135 JONES, Carter Giant-Alpecin +12' 49"
136 RIBLON, Christophe Ag2r +13' 42"
137 KADRI, Biel Ag2r s.t.
138 DEBESAY, Mekseb Dimension Data s.t.
139 LUNKE, Sindre Skjøstad Giant-Alpecin s.t.
140 TXURRUKA, Amets Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
141 FERRARI, Fabricio Caja Rural s.t.
142 LANG, Pirmin IAM Cycling s.t.
143 CONTI, Valerio Lampre-Merida +14' 38"
144 ZEITS, Andrey Astana +14' 49"
145 FAIRLY, Caleb Giant-Alpecin +14' 51"
146 REIJNEN, Kiel Trek-Segafredo +15' 08"
147 VERMOTE, Julien Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
148 VELITS, Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
149 LASTRA, Jonathan Caja Rural s.t.
150 BENITO, Miguel Angel Caja Rural s.t.
151 BENNETT, George LottoNL-Jumbo +15' 33"
152 CAMPENAERTS, Victor LottoNL-Jumbo +16' 56"
153 HANSEN, Jesper Tinkoff +20' 37"

GC after Stage 2:

318.3 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 36.895 km/hr

1 LANDA, Mikel Sky 8hr 37min 38sec
2 KELDERMAN, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo @ 1sec
3 HENAO, Sergio Luis Sky +05"
4 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC +09"
5 CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff +11"
6 PINOT, Thibaut FDJ +13"
7 COSTA, Rui Lampre-Merida +15"
8 QUINTANA, Nairo Movistar s.t.
9 GESINK, Robert LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
10 REICHENBACH, Sebastien FDJ s.t.
11 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim Katusha s.t.
12 VERVAEKE, Louis Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 SPILAK, Simon Katusha +20"
14 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte Cannondale +22"
15 CRADDOCK, Lawson Cannondale s.t.
16 ARU, Fabio Astana s.t.
17 FELLINE, Fabio Trek-Segafredo +26"
18 BARGUIL, Warren Giant-Alpecin s.t.
19 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger Ag2r s.t.
20 JEANNESSON, Arnold Cofidis s.t.
21 MOLLEMA, Bauke Trek-Segafredo s.t.
22 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis Ag2r +33"
23 BILBAO, Pello Caja Rural +37"
24 MARTIN, Daniel Etixx-Quick Step +43"
25 ANTON, Igor Dimension Data s.t.
26 VISCONTI, Giovanni Movistar s.t.
27 YATES, Simon Orica-GreenEdge +52"
28 MORENO, Daniel Movistar +58"
29 YATES, Adam Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
30 NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis +01' 03"
31 MOLARD, Rudy Cofidis s.t.
32 BAKELANTS, Jan Ag2r +01' 13"
33 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen Katusha +01' 14"
34 ROLLAND, Pierre Cannondale +01' 17"
35 CARDOSO, André Cannondale +01' 24"
36 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon Astana +01' 25"
37 ULISSI, Diego Lampre-Merida s.t.
38 ATAPUMA, Darwin BMC +01' 29"
39 WOODS, Michael Cannondale +01' 37"
40 VERONA, Carlos Etixx-Quick Step +01' 42"
41 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei Katusha +01' 55"
42 PRADES, Eduard Caja Rural s.t.
43 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel Astana +01' 55"
44 KREUZIGER, Roman Tinkoff +02' 10"
45 PAUWELS, Serge Dimension Data +02' 36"
46 POLANC, Jan Lampre-Merida +02' 44"
47 ROSA, Diego Astana +03' 08"
48 HENAO, Sebastian Sky +03' 13"
49 SCHLECK, Frank Trek-Segafredo +03' 18"
50 CUMMINGS, Steven Dimension Data +03' 23"
51 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step +03' 47"
52 MATE, Luis Angel Cofidis s.t.
53 DE PLUS, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step +03' 57"
54 OOMEN, Sam Giant-Alpecin +03' 58"
55 PETILLI, Simone Lampre-Merida +04' 05"
56 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik Giant-Alpecin +04' 24"
57 GALLOPIN, Tony Lotto-Soudal +04' 43"
58 GONÇALVES, Jose Caja Rural +04' 47"
59 DUPONT, Hubert Ag2r +04' 49"
60 GERRANS, Simon Orica-GreenEdge +05' 03"
61 KIRYIENKA, Vasil Sky +05' 38"
62 SERRY, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step +05' 52"
63 BATTAGLIN, Enrico LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
64 VANENDERT, Jelle Lotto-Soudal +06' 17"
65 HESJEDAL, Ryder Trek-Segafredo +06' 22"
66 BAGOT, Yoann Cofidis +06' 48"
67 ROY, Jeremy FDJ +07' 02"
68 CLARKE, Simon Cannondale +07' 06"
69 VICIOSO, Angel Katusha +07' 28"
70 FUMEAUX, Jonathan IAM Cycling +07' 35"
71 SILIN, Egor Katusha +07' 42"
72 ALBASINI, Michael Orica-GreenEdge +08' 00"
73 KISERLOVSKI, Robert Tinkoff +08' 30"
74 HERRADA, Jesus Movistar +08' 44"
75 MORABITO, Steve FDJ +09' 32"
76 MONTAGUTI, Matteo Ag2r +09' 32"
77 BERHANE, Natnael Dimension Data +09' 41"
78 CATALDO, Dario Astana +09' 47"
79 WARBASSE, Lawerence IAM Cycling s.t.
80 MONFORT, Maxime Lotto-Soudal +09' 49"
81 CONTRERAS, Rodrigo Etixx-Quick Step +10' 06"
82 VALGREN, Michael Tinkoff +10' 35"
83 SIMON, Julien Cofidis +10' 37"
84 STETINA, Peter Trek-Segafredo +10' 39"
85 VILLELLA, Davide Cannondale +11' 00"
86 ARMÉE, Sander Lotto-Soudal s.t.
87 LINDEMAN, Bertjan LottoNL-Jumbo +11' 10"
88 VELITS, Peter BMC +11' 11"
89 ROUX, Anthony FDJ +11' 44"
90 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher Orica-GreenEdge +11' 51"
91 MADRAZO, Angel Caja Rural +12' 00"
92 MARTENS, Paul LottoNL-Jumbo +12' 21"
93 ZUBELDIA, Haimar Trek-Segafredo +12' 40"
94 DEIGNAN, Philip Sky +12' 49"
95 BOUWMAN, Koen LottoNL-Jumbo +12' 59"
96 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh Lotto-Soudal +13' 07"
97 DIDIER, Laurent Trek-Segafredo +13' 20"
98 TURGIS, Anthony Cofidis +13' 27"
99 CARUSO, Damiano BMC +13' 51"
100 PINEAU, Cedric FDJ +14' 12"
101 WYSS, Danilo BMC +14' 30"
102 GESCHKE, Simon Giant-Alpecin s.t.
103 FRÖHLINGER, Johannes Giant-Alpecin +14' 35"
104 CONTI, Valerio Lampre-Merida +14' 38"
105 TIRALONGO, Paolo Astana +14' 51"
106 MORI, Manuele Lampre-Merida +14' 55"
107 DILLIER, Silvan BMC s.t.
108 LOPEZ, David Sky s.t.
109 ANACONA, Winner Movistar +15' 00"
110 ZEITS, Andrey Astana +15' 07"
111 VICHOT, Arthur FDJ +15' 36"
112 BONNET, William FDJ +16' 06"
113 ROSSKOPF, Joey BMC +16' 07"
114 NORDHAUG, Lars Petter Sky +16' 25"
115 VAN ZYL, Johann Dimension Data +16' 44"
116 GONÇALVES, Domingos Caja Rural +16' 57"
117 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel Dimension Data +17' 19"
118 BENNETT, George LottoNL-Jumbo +17' 38"
119 MOINARD, Amaël BMC +17' 43"
120 DENIFL, Stefan IAM Cycling s.t.
121 TANNER, David IAM Cycling +17' 46"
122 FRAILE, Omar Dimension Data +18' 10"
123 HOWES, Alex Cannondale +18' 21"
124 TOSATTO, Matteo Tinkoff +18' 43"
125 JONES, Carter Giant-Alpecin +19' 37"
126 CHEVRIER, Clement IAM Cycling +19' 58"
127 SUTHERLAND, Rory Movistar s.t.
128 BELKOV, Maxim Katusha +20' 10"
129 TXURRUKA, Amets Orica-GreenEdge +20' 30"
130 MEIER, Christian Orica-GreenEdge +20' 34"
131 ZANDIO, Xabier Sky s.t.
132 PLAZA, Ruben Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
133 RESTREPO, Jhonatan Katusha +20' 49"
134 FERRARI, Fabricio Caja Rural +20' 55"
135 WELLENS, Tim Lotto-Soudal +21' 09"
136 AREGGER, Marcel IAM Cycling +22' 04"
137 DEBESAY, Mekseb Dimension Data +22' 06"
138 RIBLON, Christophe Ag2r s.t.
139 LUNKE, Sindre Skjøstad Giant-Alpecin s.t.
140 COSTA, Mario Lampre-Merida +22' 31"
141 CAMPENAERTS, Victor LottoNL-Jumbo +24' 09"
142 VELITS, Martin Etixx-Quick Step +24' 10"
143 REIJNEN, Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
144 BENITO, Miguel Angel Caja Rural s.t.
145 EDET, Nicolas Cofidis +24' 38"
146 WYSS, Marcel IAM Cycling +27' 02"
147 KADRI, Biel Ag2r +28' 04"
148 LANG, Pirmin IAM Cycling s.t.
149 LASTRA, Jonathan Caja Rural +29' 30"
150 PETROV, Evgeny Tinkoff +31' 32"
151 FAIRLY, Caleb Giant-Alpecin +34' 11"
152 VERMOTE, Julien Etixx-Quick Step +34' 28"
153 HANSEN, Jesper Tinkoff +39' 57"

Stage 2 profile


Monday, April 4: Stage 1, Etxebarria - Markina Xemein, 144 km

Stage 1 profile

Luis Leon Sanchez

Luis Leon Sanchez just beats Daniel Navarro

The Race: Here's the organizer's explanation of the day's racing.

Luis Leon Sanchez won the first stage of Markina-Xemein after the fight he had with Daniel Navarro (COF). Both riders created a group in the descent of Aiastia and both had the chance to win the stage. Luis Leon was the winner with a very close sprint, but he clarified that the aim of their team is to work for Fabio Aru (AST)

The stage was finished with the victory of the Astana team rider but the big protagonists were Marcel Wyss (IAM), Nicolas Edet (COF) and Jonathan Lastra (CJR), three riders that were part of the breakaway. Gialunca Brambilla (EQS) was part of the group but because of radio problems he decided to leave the front of the race to fix the problem.

The group passed the first six climbs together (Gontzagaigana, Santa Eufemia, San Migel and again Gontzagaigana and Santa Eufemia), while behind Tinkoff was keeping the gap controlled. We saw Amets Txurruka (OGE) in the front of the bunch when Orica GreenEdge decided to help to Tinkoff. Remember that this stage was special for him because the race started from his village, Etxebarria.

In Izua, the peloton caught the breakaway and then several riders try to make some distance. The best attack was made by Darío Cataldo (AST) who was able to make a gap of 30", enough to descent Izua and start climbing Aiastia in front of the race. Before to reach to the top the peloton neutralized the italian cyclist. Alberto Contador (TNK) attacked 200 metres before the top trying to show that he is in form and to pass in the first position the climb of Aiastia.

Once all packed, first Dani Navarro (COF) and later Luis Leon Sanchez (AST) moved forward in the descent. Both together they made a gap enough to arrive to the finish line and to get the victory. The bunch was very close and the fastest in the peloton where Simon Gerrans (OGE) and Fabio Felline (TFS).

Tomorrow there will be more mountains in the stage of four climbs and the last one in Garrastatxu. This climb has less than 3 kms but the average slope is 11,67%. Rain is expected tomorrow and it will make harder the stage. All favourites will have the first real chance to show their strength.

Complete Results and GC:

1 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon Astana 3hr 54min 21sec
2 NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis s.t.
3 GERRANS, Simon Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
4 FELLINE, Fabio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 CLARKE, Simon Cannondale s.t.
6 BAKELANTS, Jan Ag2r s.t.
7 MARTIN, Daniel Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
8 BARGUIL, Warren Giant-Alpecin s.t.
9 GALLOPIN, Tony Lotto-Soudal s.t.
10 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei Katusha s.t.
11 COSTA, Rui Lampre-Merida s.t.
12 PRADES, Eduard Caja Rural s.t.
13 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen Katusha s.t.
14 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte Cannondale s.t.
15 JEANNESSON, Arnold Cofidis s.t.
16 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger Ag2r s.t.
17 MORENO, Daniel Movistar s.t.
18 YATES, Simon Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
19 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis Ag2r s.t.
20 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel Astana s.t.
21 YATES, Adam Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
22 HERRADA, Jesus Movistar s.t.
23 MOLLEMA, Bauke Trek-Segafredo s.t.
24 CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff s.t.
25 PINOT, Thibaut FDJ s.t.
26 QUINTANA, Nairo Movistar s.t.
27 GESINK, Robert LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
28 KELDERMAN, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
29 ROLLAND, Pierre Cannondale s.t.
30 CRADDOCK, Lawson Cannondale s.t.
31 HENAO, Sergio Luis Sky s.t.
32 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC s.t.
33 MOLARD, Rudy Cofidis s.t.
34 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
35 REICHENBACH, Sebastien FDJ s.t.
36 DE PLUS, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
37 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim Katusha s.t.
38 KREUZIGER, Roman Tinkoff s.t.
39 ULISSI, Diego Lampre-Merida s.t.
40 SPILAK, Simon Katusha s.t.
41 ANTON, Igor Dimension Data s.t.
42 CONTI, Valerio Lampre-Merida s.t.
43 ARU, Fabio Astana s.t.
44 CUMMINGS, Steven Dimension Data s.t.
45 LANDA, Mikel Sky s.t.
46 VISCONTI, Giovanni Movistar s.t.
47 VERONA, Carlos Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
48 WOODS, Michael Cannondale s.t.
49 SILIN, Egor Katusha s.t.
50 ATAPUMA, Darwin BMC s.t.
51 VERVAEKE, Louis Lotto-Soudal s.t.
52 BILBAO, Pello Caja Rural +18"
53 CARDOSO, André Cannondale s.t.
54 PETILLI, Simone Lampre-Merida s.t.
55 KIRYIENKA, Vasil Sky s.t.
56 SIMON, Julien Cofidis s.t.
57 ZEITS, Andrey Astana s.t.
58 ALBASINI, Michael Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
59 MEINTJES, Louis Lampre-Merida s.t.
60 POLANC, Jan Lampre-Merida +01' 13"
61 MADRAZO, Angel Caja Rural +02' 05"
62 HENAO, Sebastian Sky s.t.
63 SERRY, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
64 VICIOSO, Angel Katusha s.t.
65 BATTAGLIN, Enrico LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
66 CATALDO, Dario Astana s.t.
67 ROSA, Diego Astana s.t.
68 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik Giant-Alpecin s.t.
69 VANENDERT, Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
70 SCHLECK, Frank Trek-Segafredo s.t.
71 DUPONT, Hubert Ag2r s.t.
72 PAUWELS, Serge Dimension Data s.t.
73 MATE, Luis Angel Cofidis s.t.
74 OOMEN, Sam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
75 WARBASSE, Lawerence IAM Cycling s.t.
76 BENNETT, George LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
77 BAGOT, Yoann Cofidis s.t.
78 CARUSO, Damiano BMC s.t.
79 CONTRERAS, Rodrigo Etixx-Quick Step +03' 05"
80 HESJEDAL, Ryder Trek-Segafredo s.t.
81 ROY, Jeremy FDJ s.t.
82 FUMEAUX, Jonathan IAM Cycling s.t.
83 TIRALONGO, Paolo Astana s.t.
84 GONÇALVES, Jose Caja Rural s.t.
85 TURGIS, Anthony Cofidis +05' 07"
86 DEIGNAN, Philip Sky s.t.
87 WYSS, Danilo BMC +06' 48"
88 TXURRUKA, Amets Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
89 ROSSKOPF, Joey BMC s.t.
90 TOSATTO, Matteo Tinkoff s.t.
91 MORABITO, Steve FDJ s.t.
92 VILLELLA, Davide Cannondale s.t.
93 MONTAGUTI, Matteo Ag2r s.t.
94 BERHANE, Natnael Dimension Data s.t.
95 GESCHKE, Simon Giant-Alpecin s.t.
96 JONES, Carter Giant-Alpecin s.t.
97 VALGREN, Michael Tinkoff s.t.
98 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
99 KISERLOVSKI, Robert Tinkoff s.t.
100 CHEVRIER, Clement IAM Cycling +07' 13"
101 FERRARI, Fabricio Caja Rural s.t.
102 PINEAU, Cedric FDJ s.t.
103 CAMPENAERTS, Victor LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
104 DILLIER, Silvan BMC s.t.
105 LOPEZ, David Sky s.t.
106 LINDEMAN, Bertjan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
107 GONÇALVES, Domingos Caja Rural s.t.
108 ARMÉE, Sander Lotto-Soudal s.t.
109 TANNER, David IAM Cycling s.t.
110 DEBESAY, Mekseb Dimension Data +08' 24"
111 ANACONA, Winner Movistar s.t.
112 FRAILE, Omar Dimension Data s.t.
113 MORI, Manuele Lampre-Merida s.t.
114 ZUBELDIA, Haimar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
115 RESTREPO, Jhonatan Katusha s.t.
116 VELITS, Peter BMC s.t.
117 LUNKE, Sindre Skjøstad Giant-Alpecin s.t.
118 DE GENDT, Thomas Lotto-Soudal s.t.
119 RIBLON, Christophe Ag2r s.t.
120 BONNET, William FDJ s.t.
121 MONFORT, Maxime Lotto-Soudal s.t.
122 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh Lotto-Soudal s.t.
123 MOINARD, Amaël BMC s.t.
124 BELKOV, Maxim Katusha s.t.
125 MARTENS, Paul LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
126 DIDIER, Laurent Trek-Segafredo s.t.
127 DENIFL, Stefan IAM Cycling s.t.
128 WELLENS, Tim Lotto-Soudal s.t.
129 FRÖHLINGER, Johannes Giant-Alpecin +09' 02"
130 ROUX, Anthony FDJ s.t.
131 VELITS, Martin Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
132 STETINA, Peter Trek-Segafredo s.t.
133 BENITO, Miguel Angel Caja Rural s.t.
134 VAN ZYL, Johann Dimension Data s.t.
135 REIJNEN, Kiel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
136 HOWES, Alex Cannondale s.t.
137 BOUWMAN, Koen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
138 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel Dimension Data +12' 52"
139 JAUREGUI, Quentin Ag2r s.t.
140 SUTHERLAND, Rory Movistar s.t.
141 MEIER, Christian Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
142 EDET, Nicolas Cofidis s.t.
143 VICHOT, Arthur FDJ s.t.
144 COSTA, Mario Lampre-Merida s.t.
145 PLAZA, Ruben Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
146 ZANDIO, Xabier Sky s.t.
147 KADRI, Biel Ag2r +14' 22"
148 LASTRA, Jonathan Caja Rural s.t.
149 ZAKHAROV, Artyom Astana s.t.
150 LANG, Pirmin IAM Cycling s.t.
151 NORDHAUG, Lars Petter Sky s.t.
152 AREGGER, Marcel IAM Cycling s.t.
153 FAIRLY, Caleb Giant-Alpecin +19' 20"
154 VERMOTE, Julien Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
155 WYSS, Marcel IAM Cycling s.t.
156 PAULINHO, Sergio Tinkoff s.t.
157 HANSEN, Jesper Tinkoff s.t.
158 PETROV, Evgeny Tinkoff s.t.

Stage 1 profile:

Stage 1 profile

 


Start list with back numbers, April 4, 2016:

Team Katusha
Manager: José Acevedo
1 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim 
2 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen 
3 SPILAK, Simon 
4 BELKOV, Maxim 
5 CHERNETSKIY, Sergei 
6 RESTREPO, Jhonatan 
7 SILIN, Egor 
8 VICIOSO, Angel 
Team SKY
Manager: Dario Cioni
11 LANDA, Mikel 
12 HENAO, Sergio Luis 
13 DEIGNAN, Philip 
14 HENAO, Sebastian 
15 KIRYIENKA, Vasil 
16 LOPEZ, David 
17 NORDHAUG, Lars Petter 
18 ZANDIO, Xabier 
Movistar Team
Manager: José Luis Jaimerena
21 QUINTANA, Nairo 
22 IZAGIRRE, Ion 
23 IZAGIRRE, Gorka 
24 ANACONA, Winner 
25 HERRADA, Jesus 
26 SUTHERLAND, Rory 
27 MORENO, Daniel 
28 VISCONTI, Giovanni 
Orica GreenEDGE
Manager: Neil Stephens
31 ALBASINI, Michael 
32 GERRANS, Simon 
33 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher 
34 MEIER, Christian 
35 PLAZA, Ruben 
36 TXURRUKA, Amets 
37 YATES, Adam 
38 YATES, Simon 
BMC Racing Team
Manager: Yvon Ledanois
41 SANCHEZ, Samuel 
42 ATAPUMA, Darwin 
43 CARUSO, Damiano 
44 DILLIER, Silvan 
45 MOINARD, Amaël 
46 ROSSKOPF, Joey 
47 VELITS, Peter 
48 WYSS, Danilo 
Tinkoff
Manager: Steven De Jongh
51 CONTADOR, Alberto 
52 KREUZIGER, Roman 
53 HANSEN, Jesper 
54 PAULINHO, Sergio 
55 KISERLOVSKI, Robert 
56 PETROV, Evgeny 
57 TOSATTO, Matteo 
58 VALGREN, Michael 
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
Manager: Bingen Fernandez
61 ROLLAND, Pierre 
62 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte 
63 CARDOSO, André 
64 CLARKE, Simon 
65 CRADDOCK, Lawson 
66 HOWES, Alex 
67 WOODS, Michael 
68 VILLELLA, Davide 
AG2R La Mondiale
Manager: Didier Jannel
71 BAKELANTS, Jan 
72 JAUREGUI, Quentin 
73 DUPONT, Hubert 
74 KADRI, Biel 
75 LATOUR, Pierre-Roger 
76 MONTAGUTI, Matteo 
77 RIBLON, Christophe 
78 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis 
Lotto Soudal
Manager: Mario Aerts
81 GALLOPIN, Tony 
82 MONFORT, Maxime 
83 ARMÉE, Sander 
84 DE GENDT, Thomas 
85 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh 
86 VANENDERT, Jelle 
87 VERVAEKE, Louis 
88 WELLENS, Tim 
FDJ
Manager: Yvon Madiot
91 PINOT, Thibaut 
92 BONNET, William 
93 MORABITO, Steve 
94 PINEAU, Cedric 
95 REICHENBACH, Sebastien 
96 ROUX, Anthony 
97 ROY, Jeremy 
98 VICHOT, Arthur 
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
Manager: Alex Sans
101 ANTON, Igor 
102 BERHANE, Natnael 
103 CUMMINGS, Steven 
104 FRAILE, Omar 
105 DEBESAY, Mekseb 
106 PAUWELS, Serge 
107 VAN ZYL, Johann 
108 TEKLEHAYMANOT, Daniel 
Lampre - Merida
Manager: Orlando Maini
111 COSTA, Rui 
112 CONTI, Valerio 
113 COSTA, Mario 
114 MORI, Manuele 
115 MEINTJES, Louis 
116 PETILLI, Simone 
117 POLANC, Jan 
118 ULISSI, Diego 
Trek-Segafredo
Manager: Kim Andersen
121 MOLLEMA, Bauke 
122 HESJEDAL, Ryder 
123 SCHLECK, Frank 
124 ZUBELDIA, Haimar 
125 DIDIER, Laurent 
126 FELLINE, Fabio 
127 REIJNEN, Kiel 
128 STETINA, Peter 
Etixx - Quick Step
Manager: Brian Holm
131 MARTIN, Daniel 
132 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca 
133 DE PLUS, Laurens 
134 CONTRERAS, Rodrigo 
135 VERMOTE, Julien 
136 SERRY, Pieter 
137 VELITS, Martin 
138 VERONA, Carlos 
IAM Cycling
Manager: Kjell Carlstrom
141 WYSS, Marcel 
142 CHEVRIER, Clement 
143 DENIFL, Stefan 
144 FUMEAUX, Jonathan 
145 LANG, Pirmin 
146 AREGGER, Marcel 
147 TANNER, David 
148 WARBASSE, Lawerence 
Astana Pro Team
Manager: Alexander Shefer
151 ARU, Fabio 
152 CATALDO, Dario 
153 ZAKHAROV, Artyom 
154 ZEITS, Andrey 
155 LÓPEZ, Miguel Ángel 
156 ROSA, Diego 
157 SANCHEZ, Luis Leon 
158 TIRALONGO, Paolo 
Team Giant - Alpecin
Manager: Aike Visbeek
161 BARGUIL, Warren 
162 FRÖHLINGER, Johannes 
163 FAIRLY, Caleb 
164 GESCHKE, Simon 
165 JONES, Carter 
166 LUDVIGSSON, Fredrik 
167 OOMEN, Sam 
168 LUNKE, Sindre Skjøstad 
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Manager: Merijn Zeeman
171 GESINK, Robert 
172 BATTAGLIN, Enrico 
173 BENNETT, George 
174 BOUWMAN, Koen 
175 CAMPENAERTS, Victor 
176 LINDEMAN, Bertjan 
177 MARTENS, Paul 
178 KELDERMAN, Wilco 
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
Manager: Eugenio Goikoetxea
181 BILBAO, Pello 
182 GONÇALVES, Domingos 
183 BENITO, Miguel Angel 
184 FERRARI, Fabricio 
185 GONÇALVES, Jose 
186 MADRAZO, Angel 
187 PRADES, Eduard 
188 LASTRA, Jonathan 
Cofidis Solutions Crèdits
Manager: Didier Rous
191 NAVARRO, Daniel 
192 SIMON, Julien 
193 BAGOT, Yoann 
194 EDET, Nicolas 
195 JEANNESSON, Arnold 
196 MATE, Luis Angel 
197 MOLARD, Rudy 
198 TURGIS, Anthony