Remco Evenepoel grabbed the overall lead on the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday after finishing third in the fifth and penultimate stage behind Carlos Rodriguez.
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Rodriguez was the final survivor of the day’s breakaway, claiming his first professional victory with a solo finish on the final climb, seven seconds clear of Ineos teammate Daniel Martinez.
Evenepoel crossed in third a further two seconds adrift after the 164km stage over rugged terrain from Zamudio to Mallabia which culminated in a slippery climb in wet conditions.
Race leader Primoz Roglic was 1min15s off the pace.
“It happened as we had planned,” insisted Roglic, despite being left behind with a few other leading riders on the last climb, the Alto de Karabieta, 16km from the finish.
Evenepoel has a two-second advantage on Daniel Martinez heading into Saturday’s sixth stage finale which includes seven climbs over a 135.7km run between Eibar and Arrate.
¡Victoriaaaa de Carlos Rodríguez del INEOS Grenadiers! y segundooooooo puesto para Daniel Felipe Martínez ¡Tremendo el colombiano que puede ser nuevo líder!
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