Four For Bora With Buchmann Victory in Itzulia Basque Country Stage 5

Germany's Emanuel Buchmann took the overall lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday by winning the fifth stage in Arrate.

Bora-Hansgrohe's Buchmann attacked on the penultimate ascent and held on to see off the challenge of Ion Izagirre (Astana), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).

The victory means Buchmann moves ahead of his teammate Maximilian Schachmann, who drops to third. Izagirre sits in second place, 54 seconds off the lead.

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"Today was a really hard race," Buchmann said. "It was really fast in the peloton all day. There were three or four riders and I felt good.

"I thought everyone was tired and I tried hard with 20 kilometres to go, I held to the finish and now I am the leader.

"It is nice to be in the lead and I will try to defend it tomorrow. To win it would be incredible."

The six-stage race concludes on Saturday with a 118km ride that takes the peloton into the mountains around Eibar.

Overall standings

1. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/Bora) 16hrs 23min 30sec, 2. Ion Izagirre (ESP/AST) at 54sec, 3. Maximilian Schachmann (GER/BOR) 1:04, 4. Daniel Martin (IRL/UAE) 1:32, 5. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) same time, 6. Patrick Konrad (AUT/BOR) 1:55, 7. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1:56, 8. Daniel Martinez (COL/EF1) 2:11, 9. Mikel Landa (ESP/MOV) 2:25, 10. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE) s.t.

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