Tour of the Basque Country: Adam Yates takes final stage as Ion Izagirre wins event

Adam Yates

Adam Yates finished second at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March

Britain’s Adam Yates won the final stage of the Tour of the Basque Country as Spain’s Ion Izagirre claimed overall victory.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates made his move in the final three kilometres to win in two hours 59 minutes 46 seconds.

Ireland’s Dan Martin trailed Yates by just one second, with Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang third.

Yates, 26, finished fifth in the overall standings, 51 seconds behind Astana rider Izagirre.

Team Emirates rider Martin finished second overall.

“There were around 60 to 65 kilometres to go and the pace was super hard but luckily I had some team-mates there to really push the pace,” Yates said.

“I attacked in the final three or four kilometres and managed to win. It was a great day, a crazy day.”

Tour of the Basque Country final positions

1. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Astana) 19hrs 23mins 09secs

2. Dan Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates) +29secs

3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +36secs

4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +43secs

5. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +51secs

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