uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“I have many painful memories here, but it is a really beautiful race, and the people are always down to earth, friendly, warm in their heart, and it is always nice to come here"

Photo: Sirotti








12.04.2014 @ 18:25 Posted by Andy Pedersen

Trek Factory Racing finished off the final day in the Tour of the Basque Country with Bob Jungels placing 13th in the hilly 25.9-kilometer time trial.  With two significant climbs in the final day parcours, the time trial was decisive in determining the overall podium.


Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) solidified his overall win with a second place in the time trial, seven seconds slower that World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) who took the victory, but second and third GC would go to Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharm-QuickStep) and Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2R La Mondiale) with their strong rides against the clock.


“Until the first climb I did not feel so well, but on the first false-flat down I was able to spin the legs and then in the first climb I felt good,” said Jungels, explaining his time trial to the Trek webpage. “I went pretty strong on the climbs, I think; I was a lot out of the saddle and in between the climbs I did the down hills fast as I could, and on the flat I also had a good rhythm.  The second climb was also quite well, and the last downhill I was spinning out.  All in all, I am happy regarding my day yesterday and my performance today, and I can say my condition is back.”


Robert Kiserlovski had a solid ride, finishing in 32nd place (+2’26”) and successfully held onto his 16th place in an overall classification that completely shuffled for most.


Fränk Schleck was a non-starter for the team, with the confirmation yesterday of acute sinusitis and conjunctivitis.  The team affirmed he would be one hundred percent ready to take the start in the Ardennes Classics. 


Trek Factory Racing’s Haimar Zubeldia, from Basque, explained how the week fared for him and the team, and how it felt to race on his training grounds:


“I did not come to this race with good feeling because I was sick two times. I recovered well, and now I will take a little rest and I will be ready for the [Ardennes] Classics. I know most of the roads, and seeing all the people pushing us, it’s really nice. The people love cycling, and they ride a lot in this region. They understand cycling and the whole peloton feels this and I think for the whole peloton they like to ride in the Basque Country. 


“We are lucky all week we had good weather, and that helps, too,” smiled Haimar.  “I think it was a good week for the team, and we have come out of this stronger for the Classics.”


In his proclaimed final season of racing, Jens Voigt recounted his fond memories of the Tour of the Basque Country, and just what makes this race so special:


“This is the 12th time if I remember correctly,” said Voigt. “I had my first pro win here in the Basque Country and I remember it because it was an important day in my life. We only had three riders left in the race, it was typical Basque country  - rainy and cold – and I was so far back in the GC and I was getting my head kicked in every day. Then on the last day it was a split day, a short stage in the morning and a time trial in the afternoon.  I knew that the GC riders would want an easy and no stress stage in the morning – I mean that’s like the book of cycling page one - and it was pouring rain and I started with no rain jacket, ready to attack from the gun.  I went full gas when we hit the kilometer zero sign and after two kilometers I looked back and there were only two guys left on my wheel. We worked together and gained something like six minutes; I managed to drop the other two guys, and won solo. Even though it was terrible weather there were so many Basque fans cheering for me, even though they didn’t know me since I was a neo pro, they still gave me full support."


“I think the fans here appreciate my style of racing: I have won four stages here and I always give it everything. I won because I deserved them, no smart tricks, not a lucky win, but because I went all-out and take it in style. They like the way I race: I just go full-gas and try and make it. "


“I have many painful memories here, but it is a really beautiful race, and the people are always down to earth, friendly, warm in their heart, and it is always nice to come here. I am glad that I had this opportunity to race one last time in the Basque Country.”



Bib Shorts vs Cycling Shorts: Which is Better? 22.09.2023 @ 14:57The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

36 years | today
43 years | today
44 years | today
46 years | today
22 years | today