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After hovering in second place overall at the Itzulia Basque Country just five seconds behind Primož Roglič, Remco Evenepoel finally ended the Jumbo-Visma rider’s time in the yellow leader’s jersey with a stinging attack on the Karabieta climb with 15km to go. But after a painfully-steep and rain-slicked ascent to the finish in Mallabia he finds himself in an even more precarious position, with Ineos Grenadiers’ Dani Martinez just two seconds behind him in the general classification.

“I’m proud to finally be up there with the big guns,” Evenepoel said in a post-stage interview with CyclingPro.net. “I’ve been looking for this shape and this level for a long time. In Tirreno, I was still not there. I felt really good and really strong, and when the team supports you it’s very nice. This area suits me very well, with shorter steeper climbs, although today was quite a long time in the final

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