Tour of Catalunya Stage 5

Roglic closes on overall Basque Country Tour win


RBA/AFP – Spanish rider Omar Fraile of Astana won Friday’s fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country, a 163km run from Vitoria to Eibar, with two tough climbs ahead of a summit finish.

But Slovenia’s former ski-jumper Primoz Roglic took another major step towards the title defending the yellow jersey by finishing with the winner and four other climbers.

The 28-year-old had put in a blistering time-trial on Thursday to snatch the lead off France’s Julian Alaphilippe and win the stage. The Lotto rider Roglic now only needs to nurse a lead of over 2 minutes on Saturday’s final day run over five category three hills.

Roglic leads Spain’s Ion Izaguirre of Bahrain by 2min 13sec and another Spaniard Movistar’s Mikel Landa by 2min 17.

Photos: Bettini


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