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Stage 4) Vitoria-Gasteiz - Hondarribia

ES Spain Thursday 08 April 2021 189.1 km

Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Knox again in the top 10

Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Knox again in the top 10

The Vuelta al Pais Vasco peloton took on some familiar roads Thursday afternoon, with the 189.2km stage between Gasteiz and Hondarribia including some climbs of the Clasica San Sebastian, which our team won twice in recent years, with Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel. Hondarribia, which hosted a stage finish for the first time at the race in 1975, welcomed the peloton after the tough climb of Erlaitz and a fast descent, where surprisingly the big moves of the day came.

Six riders slipped away from the yellow jersey group, which contained Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s James Knox and Mauri Vansevenant, who once again impressed on the punishing double-digit gradients of the first-category ascent, despite a series of vicious attacks that ended up making a significant selection. The Cumbrian leaped away from the strong 15-man chasing group just as the road flattened and went in pursuit of the sextet, who managed to stay clear and fight for victory, which was nabbed on the line by Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech).

James came over the line around 50 seconds behind the winner, taking eighth just ahead of the chasers for his second consecutive top 10 at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which he added to the one he got atop Ermualde. This audacious ride helped the 25-year-old maintain his place in the top 20 overall, where he is joined by teammate Mauri Vansevenant ahead of what should be the easiest stage of this edition.

 

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
4:17:07
2 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
4 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
5 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
0:02
7 Patrick Bevin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:49
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
9 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:49
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:49
22 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
45 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:42
78 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:54
112 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:46
126 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:46
140 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:46
1 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
12:25:21
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:23
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:28
4 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:36
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:43
6 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1:02
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:07
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:13
9 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
1:15
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
1:23
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:01
64 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:51
87 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:34
105 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:46
109 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:28
136 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41:11
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
57 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
57 pt
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
42 pt
4 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
38 pt
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
37 pt
6 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
30 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
28 pt
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
9 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
27 pt
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
24 pt
15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
30 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
41 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
17 pt
2 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
14 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
12 pt
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - Victorious
10 pt
6 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
7 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
7 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
10 Oier Lazkano
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
6 pt
21 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
12:25:21
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:28
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:43
4 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
1:42
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:52
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
1:58
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
4:04
9 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
9:10
10 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
10:45
30 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:46
32 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:28
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 37:20:47
2 Bahrain - Victorious 1:25
3 Astana - Premier Tech 2:16
4 UAE-Team Emirates 4:54
5 BORA - hansgrohe 8:13
6 INEOS Grenadiers 11:01
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 11:24
8 Movistar Team 13:25
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 18:08
10 EF Education - Nippo 18:41

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