Victory of ION IZAGIRRE in the last stage of the Tour of the BASQUE COUNTRY
with Ekoï Gara helmet and Ekoï Premium 80 glasses
After a remarkable stage in which he gave up nothing, Ion Izagirre won for the first time in the colors of Cofidis. The Spaniard, who finished 2nd overall, 11 seconds behind the winner, Daniel Felipe Martinez, thus offering Cofidis its 8th victory of the season and its first in the UCI world tour circuit in 2022.
He had time to raise his right arm and clench his fist, a sign of overwhelming enthusiasm and resilience at every turn. Ion Izagirre crossed the line first, this Saturday afternoon in Arrate. The day's stage, 137.5 km long from Eibar will have been epic all the way with seven passes to climb in the Basque mountains.
A breathtaking finale
Hostilities began with about 40 kilometers to go. The thrilling finale was littered with attacks, and Ion Izagirre was one of the most active at the front. On the last climb, there were only a handful of strong riders left at the front, including overall winner Daniel Felipe Martinez, Jonas Vingegaard, Marc Soler and Alexandr Vlasov. Next to them, Ion Izagirre. The Basque rider held on despite a crash with 4 km to go. He immediately got back on his bike and made a great effort to catch the frontrunners. In a breathtaking final, he managed to get the better of Alexandr Vlasov and Marc Soler. Having joined Cofidis in the off-season, Ion has always considered the Tour of the Basque Country, the region where he grew up, as an important goal. He won it in 2019 and had a stage last year. So the Spaniard repeated the feat under his new colors, which allows him to take 2nd place overall, just 11 seconds behind leader Daniel Felipe Martinez.