Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
Stage 1: Ordizia - Ordizia - Stage Details

It was a showdown of the Spanish climbers on stage one of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, with two of the biggest names battling it out over the climbs of Zumarraga. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) managed to overcome Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the final climb of the day to claim the stage win and the overall lead. ORICA-GreenEDGE figured outside of the top twenty, and will now focus on targeting the middle mountain stages in the days ahead.

The 151.2 kilometre stage that start and began in Zumarraga was one of the toughest of this year’s Basque tour and featured several grueling climbs through the mountainous terrain. Unseasonably warm conditions added to the difficulty of the stage and took a toll as the day wore on.

“It was a really difficult day, with very warm conditions of around 30 degrees throughout the day. We went in with the intention of going for the stage win with either Albasini or Gerrans, but they realised early on that they weren’t on a great day, although they didn’t finish too far off. “ - Sport Director Neil Stephens


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:05:07
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team 0:00:14
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:34
4 Yury Trofimov (Rus) - Katusha 0:00:36
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
6 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
7 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) - Team Sky ST
8 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team ST
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:54
10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) - Euskaltel-Euskadi ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
19 Simon Yates (GBr) - Orica Greenedge 0:00:58
28 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:34
37 Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - Orica Greenedge 0:02:26
48 Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:42
55 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:15
88 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:32
118 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:15:45
141 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:17:50