Olympic champion Primoz Roglic won the opening day time trial around the coastal town of Hondarribia in Itzulia  Basque Country on Monday. Wearing the gold helmet and riding a gold-trimmed bike he is entitled to as Olympic champion, Roglic took just 9:48 to complete the hilly 4.6 mile circuit, with the crowds cheering him up the final stretch on a cobbled hill as the clock ticked down.

Belgian rider Remco Evenepoel of Quick-Step was second at just 5 seconds and his teammate Remi Cavagna third, another 11 seconds off the pace. 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 favorite Roglic now leads Yates by 18sec while the Colombian climber Sergio Higuita is over 35 seconds adrift.

Tuesday’s second of six stages is a largely flat run from Leitza to Viana, although there are three small climbs to pass. The main title contenders will then start to jostle on two hilly stages and two mountain ones. Much of the past two Tours of Spain have been contested in the Basque Country where Roglic also shone.


1 ROGLIČ Primož Jumbo-Visma 9:48
2 EVENEPOEL Remco Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:05
3 CAVAGNA Rémi Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:16
4 THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers 0:18
5 YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers 0:18
6 VLASOV Aleksandr BORA – hansgrohe 0:18
7 ARMIRAIL Bruno Groupama – FDJ 0:20
8 IZAGIRRE Ion Cofidis 0:20
9 VINGEGAARD Jonas Jumbo-Visma 0:20
10 TULETT Ben INEOS Grenadiers 0:21


RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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