Zumárraga - Germany's Maximilian Schachmann of the Bora-Hansgrohe team won the
11.2km Tour of the Basque Country opening day individual time-trial on
Fresh from a stage win at the Tour of Catalonia, Schachmann timed
17min 10sec to edge Dani Martinez of Education First and Sky's Michal
Kwiatkowski by nine and 10 sec on rain slick roads with several short
sharp ascents around Zumarraga.
Milan-San Remo winner Julian Alaphilippe was fourth while Tour de
France winner Geraint Thomas and fellow Briton Adam Yates were also in
the top 10 on this first of six stages.
"I have no idea how I menaged to win this ahead of Alaphilippe and Kwiatkowski," he said after the race.
"It's a verty special win because it's a very difficult win," he said.
The race continues with three hilly stages and two mountainous ones
culminating with a short steep 118.2km ride around Eibar on Saturday.
UAE's Dan Martin, Sky's Thomas and Kwiatkowski, Yates, Jakob Fuglsang
and Movistar's Spanish hope Mikel Landa are amongst the favourites.
"I'm fine, maybe just lacking a bit of rhythm," said pre-race
favourite and runner up here last year Landa, who broke a collarbone
racing in Mallorca in January.
Stage 1 results/overall
1. Maximilian Schachmann (GER/BOR) 17min 10sec, 2. Daniel Martínez
(COL/EF1) at 9sec, 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 10., 4. Julian
Alaphilippe (FRA/DEC) 12., 5. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 16., 6. Patrick
Konrad (AUT/BOR) 19., 7. Ion Izagirre (ESP/AST) 22., 8. Enric Mas
(ESP/DEC) 24., 9. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 30., 10. Hugh Carthy