Itzulia Basque Country: Tadej Pogacar climbs to stage 3 win

Itzulia Basque Country: Tadej Pogacar climbs to stage 3 win


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Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 3 of the 2021 Itzulia Basque Country

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 3 of the 2021 Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 The peloton during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Landscape itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Tour of the Basque Country stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Mikkel Honor of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Mikkel Honoré on the attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Toms Skujins of Latvia and Team Trek Segafredo during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Ben Gastauer of Luxembourg and Ag2R Citroen Team during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Ben Gastauer (AG2R Citroen) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Ben Swift of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers The Peloton during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Ben Swift (Ineos-Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Oier Lazkano Lopez of Spain and Team Caja RuralSeguros RGA during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Oier Lazkano Lopez (Caja Rural) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Diego Andres Camargo Pineda of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

EF Education-Nippo on the hunt (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Roger Adri Oliveras of Spain and Equipo Kern Pharma Larry Warbasse of United States and Ag2R Citroen Team during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

The breakaway on stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Itzulia Basque Country 2021 - 60th Edition - 3rd stage Amurrio - Ermualde (Laudio) 167,7 km - 07/04/2021 - Scenery - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Scenery on stage 3 from Amurrio to mountaintop Ermualde (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Itzulia Basque Country 2021 - 60th Edition - 3rd stage Amurrio - Ermualde (Laudio) 167,7 km - 07/04/2021 - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) headed to final two climbs (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Itzulia Basque Country 2021 - 60th Edition - 3rd stage Amurrio - Ermualde (Laudio) 167,7 km - 07/04/2021 - Sergio Samitier (ESP - Movistar Team) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Sergio Samitier (Movistar Team) works on 167.7km stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Itzulia Basque Country 2021 - 60th Edition - 3rd stage Amurrio - Ermualde (Laudio) 167,7 km - 07/04/2021 - Israel Start-Up Nation - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Peloton on 167.7km stage 3 led by Israel Start-Up Nation’s Patrick Bevin (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Mikkel Honor of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Mikkel Frølich Honoré of Deceuninck-QuickStep was one of original seven riders in lead group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Brandon Mcnulty of United States and UAE Team Emirates Blue best young jersey during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

American Brandon Mcnulty of UAE Team Emirates rides in Blue best young jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Arrival Adam Yates of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) crosses line in fourth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Arrival Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) climbed to third place on stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Arrival David Gaudu of France and Team Groupama FDJ during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) finishes sixth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Podium Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Blue best young jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Mask Covid safety measures itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates earns Blue best young jersey after stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Podium Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Mask Covid safety measures itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Stage 3 winner Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates takes mountains classification jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ERMUALDE LAUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Podium Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey Celebration during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 3 a 1677km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde Laudio 481m Mask Covid safety measures Flowers itzulia ehitzulia on April 07 2021 in Ermualde Laudio Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

GC lead continues with Primož Roglič of Jumbo-Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took the victory on the tough hilltop finish of Ermualde on stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country, striking back at his countryman and rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) as the general classification contenders came to the fore on the double-digit gradients above Laudio.

The final 500 metres of a climb dominated by the duo saw Roglič make the decisive move from a group of six, bringing Pogačar with him before the Tour de France champion moved to the front of the dash to the line to claim his fifth win of 2021.



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