Tolhoek tenth in opening stage Ruta del Sol
Antwan Tolhoek has finished tenth in the first stage of the Ruta del Sol. The 15...
Team Jumbo-Visma had gotten through the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country without any problems. In the streets of Ondarroa the early escapees made it to the finish line. The decisive queen’s stage awaits tomorrow.
A six-man breakaway group formed early on in the stage. The lead of the escapees never exceeded two and a half minutes. However, a select group managed to stay in front for the entire stage. Mikkel Honoré took the win. Primoz Roglic sprinted to seventh place.
"We need a good strategy to make it difficult for the competition."
Roglic was satisfied after a trouble-free day. The Slovenian is now focusing on tomorrow's stage. “Today was the least difficult day here in the Basque Country. Nevertheless, the pace was again very high. We were able to save some energy for tomorrow. That will be the decisive stage. Of course we will do everything we can to win this race tomorrow. We need a good strategy to make it difficult for the competition.”
"A lot is going to happen tomorrow. It will be a tough race from the start."
Sports director Grischa Niermann is hopeful about his team's chances. “We came through today well. We are still in a good position in the general classification. Tomorrow is by far the toughest stage in this Tour of the Basque Country. With Primoz and Jonas we have two irons in the fire. A lot is going to happen tomorrow. It will be a tough race from the start.”