Roglic closes on overall Basque Country Tour win as Fraile wins stage 5

Omar Fraile tour of the basque country 2018

Omar Fraile (Astana) won Friday’s fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country, a 163km run from Vitoria to Eibar, with two tough climbs ahead of a summit finish.

Primoz Roglic took another major step towards the title defending the yellow jersey by finishing with the winner and four other riders.

The 28-year-old, runner up at Bergen in September’s world time-trail championships, put in a blistering time-trial on Thursday to snatch the lead off France’s Julian Alaphilippe and win the stage.

The LottoNl-Jumbo rider now only needs to nurse a lead of nearly 2 minutes on Saturday’s final day run over five category three hills.

Roglic leads Mikel Landa of Movistar by 1min 57sec while Ion Izagirre is in third at 2min 13sec.

“Keeping a place on the podium would be good, but we think we can do some damage too. Maybe Roglic will pay tomorrow for his efforts today and until the very last moment we’ll keep on trying,” Landa said.

Tour of the Basque Country 2018 – stage 5 results (Vitoria – Eibar):

1 Omar Fraile (Astana)


2 Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


3 Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)


4 Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott)


5 Jose Herrada (Cofidis)


6 Mikel Landa (Movistar)


7 Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida)


8 Pello Bilbao (Astana)


9 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


10 Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)



General classification after stage 5:

1 Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


2 Mikel Landa (Movistar)


3 Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)


4 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


5 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


6 Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7 Pello Bilbao (Astana)


8 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9 David De La Cruz (Team Sky)


10 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)



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