Alberto Contador took the overall win at the Tour of the Basque Country for the fourth time, with a strong performance in the mostly uphill and rainy 16.5km time trial.
Contador posted a time of 29 minutes and 13 seconds, five seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who lost several seconds due to a misjudged bike change. Race leader going into the final stage, Sergio Henao (Team Sky) could not do enough to keep the lead, finishing 18 seconds behind a dominant Contador, who appeared untroubled by some of the more brutal ramps on the stage.
Henao however finished second on GC, 12 seconds adrift, and Quintana 37 seconds behind Contador finished third.
"To be honest, I don't like finishing second. After two second places in Paris-Nice and Catalanuya, this is a nice victory," Contador said.
"I rode cautiously and tried to avoid taking unnecessary risks and at some point I was close to losing the stage win. However, that was secondary and in the end, I also got that. I now have to rest and recover after an intense start to the season.
"I'd like to dedicate this victory to all the fans and to Oleg Tinkov for his support, his passion and for making this team a reality. This victory goes to him," he said.
Contador also told the gathered press he would delay his decision to retire.
“Recently, I have been pondering and thinking about my future with my entourage and most probably I will continue riding.
The race has three names: Spanish: Vuelta al Pais Vasco; Basque: Euskal Herriko itzulia and English: Tour of the Basque Country.