Itzulia Basque Country: Alaphilippe in green

Itzulia Basque Country: Alaphilippe in green

Not a day without a Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider on the stage podium of the Itzulia Basque Country: after both Remco Evenepoel and Rémi Cavagna both finished in the top 3 of the individual time trial and Julian Alaphilippe took the spoils in Viana, it was the World Champion who came close to a second consecutive victory.

The route of stage 3 was a hard and relentless one, taking its toll on the peloton with more than 50 kilometers to go, when only 20-odd riders were still part of the peloton. As the group arrived at the bottom of the penultimate climb, our team was represented by Julian and Remco, who remained close to the front and controlled the moves that ended up reducing the bunch to a dozen or so men.

On the downhill, best young rider of the race Evenepoel put in a probing attack, only for the others to react, before taking up lead-out duties once again under the flamme rouge, with the rainbow jersey tucked in his wheel. The uphill finish was tailored to Julian’s punchy skills, and he kicked out with 150 meters to go, but was denied in the closing meters by Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Merida). His fifth podium of the season elevated the Frenchman to the top of the points classification, which he also led back in 2018.

“It was a very hard stage, with a big tempo and some steep climbs. Remco did an incredible amount of work once again and brought me in a good position for the finish, but I opened my sprint a bit too early and one rider was just stronger. No victory today, but I don’t have any regrets. The most important thing is that my condition is good, and other opportunities will come until the end of the race”, said Alaphilippe in Amurrio.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Race details

1 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
4:35:24
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:00
6 Pierre Latour
TotalEnergies
0:00
7 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:00
9 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education-EasyPost
0:00
13 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
65 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:28
76 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:43
108 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:09
136 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:09
1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
9:49:47
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:05
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:14
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:19
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:19
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:20
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
9 Pierre Latour
TotalEnergies
0:25
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:28
47 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:58
74 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:09
85 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:25
141 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27:50
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
45 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
37 pt
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
30 pt
4 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
26 pt
5 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
25 pt
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
22 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
8 Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
20 pt
9 Fabien Doubey
TotalEnergies
20 pt
10 Hugo Houle
Israel - Premier Tech
18 pt
14 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
37 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
TotalEnergies
17 pt
2 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
12 pt
3 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
9 pt
4 Jan Polanc
UAE Team Emirates
7 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5 pt
6 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
5 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
5 pt
8 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
3 pt
9 Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 pt
10 Hugo Houle
Israel - Premier Tech
3 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:49:52
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
2:41
3 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:58
4 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
3:00
5 Igor Arrieta Lizarraga
Equipo Kern Pharma
3:09
6 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
3:10
7 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
3:11
8 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
5:56
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:53
10 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
8:12
1 Jumbo-Visma 29:32:39
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:04
3 TotalEnergies 1:55
4 Groupama - FDJ 2:46
5 Movistar Team 2:52
6 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 4:57
7 Bahrain - Victorious 8:33
8 Lotto Soudal 9:20
9 Trek - Segafredo 11:05
10 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 11:42

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