Vingegaard takes second win in a row in Itzulia Basque Country

Vingegaard takes second win in a row in Itzulia Basque Country

Jonas Vingegaard has also won the fourth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country. In a sprint-a-deux, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma defeated Mikel Landa to consolidate his lead in the overall standings.

The riders were presented with a series of climbs, just like the days before. The highlight was La Asturiana, a second-category climb about 25 kilometres from the finish. At the foot of the climb, Vingegaard took three bonification seconds, which put him a little further ahead of his closest rivals.

A number of GC riders tried to break away on the slopes of La Asturiana, but Vingegaard was on guard. The winner of the 2022 Tour de France closed the gap and tried to get away. Only Mikel Landa was able to keep up, and the two quickly gained a thirty-second lead. Although the chase group came close, the Dane prevailed in the sprint.

"I had a super good day today", Vingegaard said after the 22nd victory of the season for Team Jumbo-Visma. "I felt good on the last climb and thought: why don't I just try it myself? I decided to go for it and only had Mikel with me. We worked well together and made it to the line. I am overjoyed to have won for the second day in a row. I didn't expect it this morning."

"I will do everything in my power to keep the jersey"

Jonas Vingegaard

Vingegaard now leads the general classification thanks to the bonification seconds he gained. He has a 12-second advantage over Landa and a 31-second advantage over David Gaudu. Vingegaard would have preferred the gap to the rest of the top ten to be bigger. "At one point, Mikel and I had a 30-second lead, but there wasn't much left of that advantage on the line. That was a shame."

Vingegaard knows what to expect over the next two days. "Undoubtedly, there will be attacks. I will do everything in my power to keep the jersey, and after the stage, we'll see where we stand. For now, tomorrow is the most important day."

A blemish on the victory was the crash of Rohan Dennis. With 50 kilometres remaining, the 32-year-old Australian hit the asphalt and was unable to continue. "With Rohan, we lose a key pawn", sports director Frans Maassen said. "The good news is that he has no fractures, but he has a lot of scratches. Hopefully, he will recover quickly."


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