• Omar Fraile stuck with the key players to deliver a win for Astana. (Getty)Source: Getty
Omar Fraile won the fifth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country out of a small group which including Mikel Landa and race leader Primoz Roglic.
By
Cycling Central

7 Apr 2018 - 6:30 AM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2018 - 6:32 AM

The Astana rider held off Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) to take the 164.7km stage from Vitoria to Eibar with Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) third.

"It was not easy to go in a break, but finally, I was able to follow the decisive attack to catch the right group," Fraile said. "It was a group with a lot of good riders and we worked pretty well.

"I knew the last climb and as it was expected, there was a headwind. So, when I saw the group of the leader is coming close, I decided to wait for them and to join that group.

"I knew I could stay with them until the top and later of the descent, which I knew perfectly as well. It was impossible to make any difference on the descent and I saw everything is coming to a sprint.

"I tried to do it smart inside the final kilometres and in the sprint just gave my all to win this stage."

Roglic leads Movistar's Landa, who finished 6th out of the leading group, by 1min 57sec while Izagirre is in third at 2min 13sec.

With eight categorised climbs over 122km set for the final day of racing, Landa said he was going to work to dislodge Roglic from the top spot.

"We were seventh yesterday and we now sit on the podium. Let’s hope Roglic suffered a bid today and our strategy pays off tomorrow. One step at a time," Landa said.

“We’ve got a more secure podium place now, but we must try and go for the leader’s jersey tomorrow.

"Any energy left to attack? Well, we’ll see tomorrow when the right time comes, but I’m really willing to do. We must try to do some harm tomorrow, until the very last kilometre."

Roglic TT's to Itzulia Basque Country Tour lead
Primoz Roglic leads the Itzulia Basque Country after winning the 19.4km Stage 4 ride against the clock.
Australia's McCarthy wins Basque tour third stage
Australian Jay McCarthy (BORA-hansgrohe) won Wednesday's third stage of the Itzulia Basque Country in a sprint finish, as Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) retained the race leader's yellow jersey.
Alaphilippe does it again at Basque Country Tour
Julian Alaphilippe engineered another stage win at the Itzulia Basque Country with Primoz Roglic a repeat second.
Alaphilippe wins first stage of Basque Country
Julian Alaphilippe claimed the opening stage of the Itzulia Basque Country after edging out Primoz Roglic in a sprint finish.