Roglic snatches Tour of the Basque Country lead with time trial victory

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Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) grabbed hold of the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour of the Basque Country with Thursday’s victory in the 19.4-kilometre time trial on stage four.

Roglic completed the circuit around Lodosa in 22 minutes and 26 seconds, finishing nine seconds clear of BMC rider Patrick Bevin and 11 ahead of Vasil Kiryienka of Team Sky.

“I knew that all eyes were on me as a pursuer in the GC and as a time-trial specialist. That provided extra pressure,” Roglic said.

“It was a flat time trial, but there was a lot of wind. At the finish I saw that I had the fastest time, which made me very happy of course.”

Former ski jumper Roglic, second on both of the opening two stages, wrested away the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe who surrendered 42 seconds after coming home in eighth place.

Friday’s penultimate fifth stage takes the peloton along a 163km route from Vitoria to Eibar, with a pair of category two climbs before the category one ascent of the Azurki.

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 – stage 4 results (Lodosa – Lodosa ITT):

1Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

22:26

2Patrick Bevin (BMC)

+09”

3Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky)

+11”

4Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky)

+14”

5Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

+20”

6Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+36”

7David De La Cruz (Team Sky)

+37”

8Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

+42”

9Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+43”

10Damiano Caruso (BMC)

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General classification after stage 4:

1Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

13:18:52

2Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

+34”

3Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’33”

4Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

+01’36”

5Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+01’42”

6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+01’48”

7Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+01’51”

8Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+01’57”

9Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+02’08”

10Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+02’11”

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