Itzulia 6: AIA-AIA! How much that hurts! (and PURITO!)

Embedded image permalinkIt's a time trial. But it's slightly uphill. Well... it's A LOT uphill, a terrible ramp indead. The same ramp of yesterday but against the clock. Quite a trial really!
And it's the last stage in Itzulia so it's all or nothing for the GC guys. Some of them like Quintana and Henao swap the bike before the big climb.
Last duel and Purito beats Henao at the true last second. Breathtaking!

Tom Dumoulin:
"I have something cool to tweet about again! I won the very hard TT in the Tour of the Basque Country!!!! So happy!"

Embedded image permalinkJoaquim Ropdriguez:
"Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine I’d win. I came here in good shape, I felt good, but didn’t expect to be at this level, such a high level. My rivals made this a very hard race.
I rode as if in a breakaway and gave it everything. I went close to my limits, just leaving enough so I didn’t fall apart in the final part. It as a good time trial for me, up and down a lot, it reminded me of the 2013 Tour de France."
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Ion Izagirre: "Personally, I'm really happy with this result. To be honest, I'd have happily taken a podium finish like this if they have offered it to me before the race. I finished the race really strong, and even though I couldn't win the stage, fighting for everything until the very last moment is something to be truly proud of. More focused on the GC without Nairo here? You can't think about that, never - we knew we were coming here to support him, we were by his side and the goal was doing whatever it took to win this. We had chances until the final TT, with both myself and him, and though we lacked a stage win, the team showed commitment and made huge efforts from the start of the race to achieve a prize.

View this content on 's websiteTeam-wise, we leave with that bittersweet taste, but looking at myself, I think I took a step forward in my career. Making it onto the podium in my home race, with such a strong field of contenders, makes me mentally stronger to keep doing my work. You become more mature after all this years in the pro peloton, and that pays off when you race important courses - I feel more solid, and having a team like this by your side makes things even easier. Now it's time to enjoy this result and then, we will start thinking about the Giro. I'm raring to go after this race - let's see what we can achieve in Italy."
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George Bennett:
“It was not that good for me today, to be honest. It was a good way to finish the week, though. The past couple of days have been pretty intense, there haven’t been any easy days to recover. This week was a good opportunity to get back, but it has taken its toll.
I hope to get back on track, on where I was before my injury. My knee feels very good. Now, I’m off for a couple of weeks of altitude training.”

Team Sky DS Nicolas Porta:
“Everyone has performed really well this week, none more so than Sergio. When you think what he’s been through to get back in the peloton after his injury, let alone challenging for race wins at WorldTour level, it really is fantastic.
He rode brilliantly to take the jersey on Wednesday, and he and the rest of the guys did a great job to keep it on his shoulders coming into today’s stage.
Sergio gave it 100% out there today. We've just checked his numbers and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. He paced himself perfectly, never went into the red, and you have to take your hat off to Rodriguez for the way he rode.
This result will give Sergio a massive boost in confidence, and it all bodes well for the races to come.
I want to praise the rest of the boys as well. Danny [Pate] stepped up as the race went on and Xabi [Zandio] was the key rider for Sergio. He looked after him all week and had a massive impact. Mikel [Nieve] and Vasil [Kiryienka] were strong, despite suffering with allergies, and David [Lopez] was unbelievable on the front this week.
They are all targeting the Ardennes classics and we're definitely going to have a strong team there."  
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Alexis Vuillermoz:
"Tour du Pays Basque finished with this 19km itt with more than 20% climbs! I did a normal itt and finished  25th so I gained a few places and I'm finally 14th overall! I nice week!"

ORICA-GE DS Neil Stephens:
“He was really impressive. He descended really well over the first part of the course, rode well on the flat and he was riding within himself. The truth is, he started the climb really well on the steep part and then he started to lose it a little bit as it flattened out. The last climb he did really well to try to stay up there.
Right now, straight after the race, to be running third place and then to drop back to fifth, even though we knew it was a big possibility, is a little disappointing for him,” Stephens said.
Embedded image permalinkBut I’m sure that once he gets home and realises he has finished fifth in the Tour of Basque Country, that it’s a really big thing and he should be proud of it.
Overall, it was a job well done for the ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit, who wrap up the Tour with a bag of achievements.
We finish with first in a stage, second in a stage, third in a stage, two days in the lead, fifth overall and best young rider,” Stephens said.
What a fantastic week for the ORICA-GreenEDGE team.”

Lotto Soudal DS Mario Aerts:
“We achieved instantly nice results in the first two stages. Tony was fifth and third. We knew that the following stages were harder because the GC riders were expected to strive for the win. Yesterday we had three riders in a big breakaway, and Tony and Tim managed to survive. Tim was second, Tony again fifth. A very strong performance from both of them. Tim and Tony returned only a few days before the start of the Vuelta al País Vasco from a training camp in Tenerife, but they were in shape immediately. Just like Jelle Vanendert they’re ready for the classic races in the Ardennes. In the first place they were here to complete their preparation for the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Therefore, Jelle, Tim and Tony were not obliged to ride for the overall standings. The GC was for Bart De Clercq and Maxime Monfort. We knew that it was going to be hard with all those favourites at the starting grid. In the third stage, with two times the steep Alto de la Antigua, they both had to let go and a good classification was not possible anymore. Nevertheless the team was eager to ride aggressively. That was the right tactic. We’re happy about the past week and the intermediate sprints jersey from Vervaeke is a nice reward.”
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Team Tinkoff DS Patxi Vila:
"We had expected more from Rafal today but looking at the bigger picture and taking into account the entire race, I’m pleased with his performance and the fact that he has performed better here than in Paris-Nice and Catalunya. After seeing that Rafal is on his way back to his real level, I remain poised and assured that he will improve steadily and stay motivated ahead of the Ardennes Classics".

Embedded image permalinkFabio Felline:
“During a TT, it’s hard to evaluate how you feel because you go always à bloc. At the start I said to myself I wanted to go full gas and try to do the best I could. I soon realized I was really fast in the downhill and that gave me an advantage to start the climb. But you know, the last few minutes today were the craziest in my mind. Really, it felt almost like dying (laughs). This race was a good experience for me, I won a stage so I can only be happy. And with the team, I have a really good feeling and I’m looking forward to the next ‘appointment’, in the Ardennes Classic. ”

Bob Jungels: 
“It was a pretty hard TT. We knew the parcours from yesterday’s stage and we decided to change the bike (from TT-bike to normal racebike) before the uphill part, after about 11km. We were definitely not the only ones to do so. It was the first time for me doing that but it went really well. I didn’t have the best legs today, I was a little tired because I gave a 110% for Bauke this week and that’s how we have to act as a team. And then today, the TT is one my specialties. And I was really good indeed in the downhill and lost a bit in the uphill, but hey, that’s okay. Overall I’m very happy, the condition is good and that is promising for the coming weeks.”

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1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:28:46
2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:04
3 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:05
4 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:17
5 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21
6 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:23
7 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:30
8 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:00:34
9 Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:00:36
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:37
11 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:42
12 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:43
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:48
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:51
16 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky 0:00:52
17 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:54
18 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:59
19 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
20 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:01
Final GC
1 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 21:49:38
2 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:13
3 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:29
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:38
5 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:46
6 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:06
7 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:01:14
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:15
9 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:25
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:33
11 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:35
12 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:01:37
13 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:55
14 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:40
15 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:11
16 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:16
17 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky 0:04:07
18 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:29
19 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team
20 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:48
21 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:05:51
22 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:05:52
23 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 0:06:23
24 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:07:43
25 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:07:47
26 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:08:02
27 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:09:10
28 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:11:36
29 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:12:10
30 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:56
31 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:13:06
32 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:13:12
33 Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:14:06
34 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:14:15
35 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:14:17
36 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:26
37 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:17:38
38 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:17:40
39 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:19:02
40 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:19:18
41 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:19:27
42 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:19:38
43 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:19:49
44 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:19:57
45 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:20:59
46 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:21:56
47 Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:22:00
48 Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:22:07
49 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:23:36
50 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:32
51 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:28:40
52 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:29:14
53 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:31:05
54 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:33:52
55 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge 0:34:57
56 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:35:11
57 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:35:16
58 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:35:49
59 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:36:00
60 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 0:38:37
61 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:39:12
62 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:39:45
63 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:39:50
64 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:39:57
65 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:40:42
66 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:40:52
67 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:42:52
68 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:44:25
69 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:44:44
70 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:45:14
71 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:46:14
72 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:46:46
73 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:47:15
74 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:47:58
75 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:49:22
76 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling 0:49:44
77 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:50:37
78 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:50:53
79 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:51:05
80 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:51:26
81 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:51:30
82 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:52:40
83 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:53:12
84 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:53:17
85 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:55:23
86 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:55:52
87 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:56:13
88 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:56:24
89 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:56:25
90 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky 0:57:16
91 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:57:27
92 Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:57:47
93 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:57:52
94 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:58:27
95 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:58:40
96 Eduard Beltran (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:59:23
97 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:00:03
98 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 1:01:01
99 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:01:20
100 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:02:38
101 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 1:04:04
102 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:04:24
103 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:04:32
104 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:05:39
105 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:05:56
106 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:09:10
1 Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 81 pts
2 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 45
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 33
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 23

5 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 22

1 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 78 pts
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 62
3 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 55
4 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 44
5 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 38
1 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 12 pts
2 Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 11
3 Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 10
4 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 10
5 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 7
1 Katusha Team 65:31:56
2 BMC Racing Team 0:03:09
3 Movistar Team 0:03:16
4 Astana Pro Team 0:04:24 
5 Team Sky 0:14:18

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