Honoré finishes off the Deceuninck exhibition before Arrate

He was part of a getaway that got up very early and decided the victory in Ondarroa between him and the Czech Cerny. Everything is pending for tomorrow in the last stage.


The waltz continues to sound on this Tour of the Basque Country. They all dance in pairs: Roglic-Pgacar, the Basques Aranburu-Izagirre… and this time it was Deceuninck. A bicephaly in the lead throughout the stage to play the victory in Ondarroa. The Belgian team, formerly under the names Omega Pharma and Quick Step, is like a steamroller. The victory number 15 of the season has been tremendous. The seventh different winner. Honoré and Cerny came hand in hand after crossing the Biscayan border. One of those prints that impress so much in cycling, a salute with the fists, dialogue and debate on who to give the victory to. It was for Honoré, who has less track record than his Czech partner, a cyclist longer than Oliver and Benji's soccer field. This is a road champion in his country and he won in one day at the Giro. The Danish only polished one stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and it made him a giant illusion to raise his arms in the Itzulia.

The stage along the Basque coast had a certain air of classic, with a leg-breaking profile and a hundred favorable in many phases. The terrain was conducive to control of the platoon, but it was lazy and an intermediate attack by Aranburu and Fraile dislodged many. They emptied themselves in an open downhill slope and reacted late from behind, by the time they realized it, the front duet was already on the lounger cooling off.

Almost with the starting flag a getaway was organized that ended up deciding the day. Schelling, Bernard, Amador and the Deceunincks, Honoré and Cerny. The Dane passed more than his partner and this seemed like the bullet they were going to play. They got to have three minutes of advantage and were not bad people to gallop towards the goal. Leknessund would try to hook up with them, act as a bridge, stay on the climb to Gontzagaraigana and hook up again. He made the rubber, preamble to defeat.

The group was flying, going wild. Barrenetxea and Marczynksi fell at the Munitibar entrance. Everyone thought that the escape was controlled and the wind even varied to conjure up with the platoon, in which Euskaltel took some responsibility. Valverde was there, knowing an ending that was going well for him. His dream was to celebrate in style the 18 years since his first professional victory, a victory to which more than 130 others have joined. It was his baptism precisely on a stage in Itzulia, in a sprint between Plentzia and Vitoria , after beating Rebellin.

Pogacar and McNulty were seen in the lead after 30 km to finish, as if wanting to put order in the general anarchy, being in the place that corresponds to the one who longs for the txapela. Roglic was a little further back, always crouching. In Urkaregi the escapees were a minute away, it seemed like a piece of cake. Then the final selection was made, Bernard, son of Jeff, that French cyclist who was considered to be Hinault's successor, barely followed teammates Cerny and Honoré. The Frenchman from the Trek was on the hook. They wore a considerable spanking and rowed hard from behind, but they held on like Cossacks. Herrada jumped to try to bridge but Aranburu and Fraile devoured him going down, who squeezed themselves so much that they had to let the link bikes pass. Omar was just before so much effort that he even asked his partner for food at ten for the goal.The Deceuninck were like the AVE on the way to Ondarroa, the 'homeland' of the footballers Iñigo Martínez and Kepa Arrizabalaga. On the slope of Mutriku they almost do the sharpening and go to the ground. The Astana were collected 4.9 km from finishing. Honoré reached out and left Cerny with Bernard, in an attempt to loosen the French 'ballast'. The Trek could no longer and left them the full role. Landa showed herself shyly from behind. Cerny gave the strongest relays. After the Saturraran tack, he even lifted the front wheel as a Moto GP triumph. The honor of the first step of the modio on the stage was given to his partner. Bernard entered at 17 seconds and the group, led by Impey, at 28. All remains for the mythical climb to Arrate, with McNulty first, Roglic at 23 seconds and Pogacar at 43.



1. Mikkel Frolich Honoré (DIN / Deceuninck-Quick Step) 3: 39: 54.

2. Josef Cerny (CZE / Deceuninck-Quick Step) mt

. Julien Bernard (FRA / Trek-Segafredo) to 17.

4. Daryl Impey (ZAF / Israel Start-Up Nation) 28.

5. Simon Clarke (AUS / Team Qhubeka ASSOS) mt


1. Brandon McNulty (USA / UAE-Team Emirates) 16: 05: 43.

2. Primoz Roglic (SVN / Team Jumbo-Visma) to 23.

. Jonas Vingegaard (DIN / Team Jumbo-Visma) 28.

4. PELLO BILBAO (ESP / Bahrain-Victorious) 36.

5. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE-Team Emirates) 43.

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8. ALEJANDRO VALVERDE (ESP / Movistar Team) 1: 13.

9. ION IZAGIRRE (ESP / Astana Premier Tech) 1: 15.

10. MIKEL LANDA (ESP / Bahrain-Victorious) 1: 23.

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