UAE Team Emirates (Spain) - Press Release: Stage victory after duel with Roglic.
Tadej Pogačar put in a determined performance to take stage 3 of the Itzulia Basque Country (167.7 km starting from Amurrio and finishing in Ermualde): at the end of an intense head-to-head, the UAE Team Emirates star outfoxed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) in the battle for stage success.
The scene of the Slovenian duel was the Ermualde climb (3.1 km with stretches of 20%), where Pogačar made his move with -2.6 km, then again at -2 km, at -1.8 km and at -1.5 km, always being followed by Roglic.
At 1000 meters from the finish, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) returned to the Slovenian duo, but on the last climb Pogačar and Roglic went again, with the UAE Team Emirates leader coming out on top in the final dash.
Order of arrival 3rd stage:
- Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 4h04’50 “
- Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +5 ”
General classification after the 3rd stage:
- Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 8h07’48 ”
- Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +20 “
- Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +30 “