The climbers of the World Team got well through the first stage on Spanish soil this Tuesday, on a hilly parcours in the Basque Country and in a heat of 30 degrees. After the start in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the peloton had to cover two categorized climbs, among which the Puerto de Herrera (7 km at 5%) 15 kilometer before the finish.
The peloton didn’t gave the early breakaway any chance, closing the gap more than 30 kilometer before the end. After an important reduction of the peloton on the Puerto de Herrera, Louis Meintjes, Domenico Pozzovivo, Rein Taaramäe and Jan Bakelants were part of the peloton of around forty riders starting the final uphill kilometer. The Italian climber finished eighteenth, seven seconds after winner Roglic, and was the first representant of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert at the line.