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Fraile wins stage 5 of Itzulia Basque Country

Fraile wins at Itzulia Basque Country, Boels-Dolmans pads advantage: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 7, 2018

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Fraile wins stage 5 of Itzulia Basque Country

Fraile wins stage 5 of Itzulia Basque Country, Roglic extends lead

by Shane Stokes

After losing the race lead on Thursday, Julian Alaphilippe pledged that he and his QuickStep Floors team would try to bounce back in the Itzulia Basque Country. Instead, time trial winner Primoz Roglic struck again, further extending his overall lead when he finished second on Friday’s stage behind Astana’s Omar Fraile.

Fraile was strong all day, going clear in a 13-man group some 35 kilometres into the 164 kilometre stage to Eibar. This move got five minutes but the lead was reduced later on when the peloton accelerated. Alaphilippe was distanced, putting Roglic in a commanding position.

The LottoNL-Jumbo rider pressed home his advantage, going clear with Mikel Landa (Movistar), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Sky’s David De la Cruz. Uran and De La Cruz cracked, but the others got across to Fraile, Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida).

Fraile was quickest in the sprint for the lin, beating Roglic, Izagirre, Verona and the others. Alaphilippe came in over two minutes back, meaning that Landa is now second overall, one minute 57 seconds off an increasingly-confident Roglic. Izagirre is a further 16 seconds back in third.

“They’re certainly going to attack us,” said LottoNL-Jumbo directeur sportif Frans Maassen. “But if the team works just as well as today, I’m confident about a positive outcome for us. Primoz is in a good shape and we are very pleased with the rest of the team today. We’re almost there.”

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