Alaphilippe does it again in Tour of Basque Country

Julian Alaphilippe tour of the basque country 2018 stage 2

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) secured his second consecutive stage win at the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday.

Alaphilippe broke away on the final climb, beating again Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo). After winning Monday’s first stage too, the Frenchman now holds an eight-second lead over Roglic in the general classification, with Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) 39 seconds back in third.

“It’s crazy, I was really happy with my victory yesterday and today it was a special feeling to have the yellow jersey,” Alaphilippe said.

“It’s a really hard race. I felt already today the effort of yesterday and the hardest part is to come. I just want to enjoy it and of course to keep the yellow jersey for as long as possible.”

The race continues on Wednesday with the third stage, lasting 184.8 kilometres between Bermeo and Valdegovia.

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 – stage 2 results (Zarautz – Bermeo):

1Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

4:11:47

2Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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3Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

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4Mikel Landa (Movistar)

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5Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

+15”

6Eduard Prades (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)

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7Pello Bilbao (Astana)

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8Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

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9Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

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General classification after stage 2:

1Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

8:29:13

2Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+08”

3Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+39”

4Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+43”

5Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+54”

6Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

+58”

7Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

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10Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

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