Vuelta al Pais Vasco #6: Hard day against the clock

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This Saturday, Vuelta al Pais Vasco concluded with a 27.7 km long individual time trial in Eibar. The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders put up a good fight with Spanish climber Omar Fraile as our top finisher.

On an undulating course, with a 6 km climb at the beginning, today’s time trial proved to be one for the GC riders. The former world champion, Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) set an early reference time but it didn’t take long before first Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and then the overall favorites passed him. At the end, it was Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) who won the stage, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finished second to take the overall victory in Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Ben King was the first rider for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on the course. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old American didn’t have his best day on the bike as he suffered two punctures and had to finish the stage on his road bike instead of his time trial bike.

In the general classification, Serge Pauwels finished as the team’s best rider in 28th place, while Igor Antón was fourth in the KOM competition.

Bingen Fernández – sports director:
“Unfortunately, we lost all chances of a good overall result when Steve [Cummings] crashed on stage 4. Up until yesterday, we still had Merhawi [Kudus] in the mix, but he didn’t have a good day on the climbs. Serge [Pauwels] did well but he’s not a time trialist, so he had a difficult day against the clock today. We gave it our all during the week but it just didn’t work out as we had hoped for”.