Roglic powers to time trial win in the opening stage of Basque Country

Primoz Roglic won the opening day time trial around the coastal town of Hondarribia in the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday.

You can rewatch STAGE 1 HERE

Wearing the gold helmet and riding a gold-trimmed bike he is entitled to as Olympic champion, Roglic took just 9min 48sec to complete the hilly 7.5km circuit, with the crowds cheering him up the final stretch on a cobbled hill as the clock ticked down.

Remco Evenepoel was second at just 5s and his teammate Remi Cavagna third, another 11s off the pace.

“It’s always nice to have a lead even if that doesn’t mean much,” said Roglic.

“It’s like the Tirreno-Adriatico, it’s sickening to come second on the first day of a World Tour race,” said Evenepoel.

Ineos pair Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates were also in the mix in fourth and fifth, a couple of seconds further back.

Pre-race overall favourite Roglic now leads Yates by 18s while Sergio Higuita is over 35s adrift.

Tuesday’s second of six stages is a largely flat run from Leitza to Viana, although there are three small climbs to pass.


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