Race report

Chris Hamilton and Sam Oomen best placed at Itzulia opener

Itzulia Basque Country

The first stage of Itzulia Basque Country got underway today with a short but tough 11.2 kilometre time trial starting and finishing in Zumarraga. A mostly flat course, the day’s main challenge came half way through the race against the clock, with a short but steep climb set to whittle down the contenders.

Rain made for difficult circumstances out on the road with various riders slipping out as a result, including that of Jai Hindey, who managed to continue to the finish relatively unscathed. Team Sunweb’s top finishers were Chris Hamilton and Sam Oomen who both stopped the clock with identical final times of 18 minutes and four seconds.

Chris said: “I’m happy with my first TT for the year, and on the speedy new P5. The result was a little better than I personally expected so that hopefully means for a good week in the Basque country supporting Sam.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston summarised: “Today we had an 11.2 kilometre time trial to kick off the first stage of Itzulia Basque Country. The guys all did a solid job in tough conditions. We didn’t get the result that we had hoped for but we’re still in a good position to hunt for a GC result in the upcoming stages.”