Tour of the Basque Country 2022: Alaphilippe sprints to triumph, Roglic still leader
image: Cor VosBreakaway rider Ibon Ruiz is caught with 500 metres to go before Julian Alaphilippe sprints to victory. Primoz Roglic stays in the lead of the general classification on the Itzulia Basque Country. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 2nd stage 2022 Itzulia Basque Country
1. Julian Alaphilippe (fra)
2. Fabien Doubey (fra) s.t.
3. Quinten Hermans (bel) s.t.
4. Hugo Houle (can) s.t.
5. Orluis Aular (col) s.t.
6. Gotzon Martín (spa) s.t.
7. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
8. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
9. Remco Evenepoel (bel) s.t.
10. Maxim van Gils (Bel s.t.
GC after stage 2
1. Primoz Roglic (slo)
2. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 0.05
3. Rémi Cavagna (fra) + 0.16
4. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.18
5. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
7. Bruno Armirail (fra) + 0.20
8. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
9. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
10. Ben Tulett (gbr) + 0.21
Julen Amezqueta, Ander Okamika, Ibai Azurmendi and Ibon Ruiz attack from the gun. The breakaway riders open a 5 minutes gap, while Ruiz climbs into the KOM jersey on the first two ascents.
The four attackers crest the last climb, Aguilar Gaina, 1.38 minutes ahead of the peloton. The gap then bounces back to 2 minutes.
Ruiz jumps clear inside the last 13 kilometres. He opens a small gap to his fellow-attackers, but the peloton is the real danger. It comes rapidly closer in the last 5 kilometres and Ruiz is gobbled up with 500 metres remaining.
Julian Alaphilippe sprints to a commanding victory, finishing metres ahead of number two, Fabien Doubey.
The GC remains unchanged with Primoz Roglic in the leader’s jersey.
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