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Tour of the Basque: American rider Brandon McNulty takes first place overall, Jon Izaguirre wins stage 4

After finishing third on the mountain stage, McNulty finished the top of the heap, leading former yellow jersey holder Primož Roglič for 23 seconds, leaving two days of racing, including a mountain top finish on the final stage.

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Madrid: American rider Brandon Tysinger of Team UAE Emirates took the overall lead of the Tour of the Basque on Thursday as Home Hope Yong Isagire won Stage 4.

After finishing third on the mountain stage, McNulty finished the top of the heap, leading former yellow jersey holder Primož Roglič for 23 seconds, leaving two days of racing, including a mountain top finish on the final stage.

On the line, Astana rider Isagire used the bike throw technique to drop behind the saddle and push the handlebars forward to win the 189.2km run in 4 hours 17 minutes 07 seconds. This is right in front of another local rider, Pello Bilbao of Bahrain Victorias.

McNulty finished second in the time trial on the first day and is running as a foil with Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar. Tadej Pogačar is currently fifth overall in 43 seconds.

“Sure, I was aiming to win the stage without thinking too much about the leader’s jersey,” McNulty said after the stage.

“I feel good and ready to face the last two stages. Tomorrow could be another tricky stage and Saturday will be a spectacular day. To protect the leader’s jersey. I will do my best, “he said.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, 23-year-old Arizona is a former mountain biker who joined UAE Team Emirates in 2020 when team chief Jose Antonio Matin described McNulty as a versatile player with great potential.

“Brandon is a world-class talent. He has two important qualities that riders of his age rarely have: the ability to combine both climbing and time trials at a high level,” said Matosin. ..

The victory on stage itself was a close call, and Bilbao was convinced he had won and refused to accept the defeat until he saw the replay.

“I was convinced that Pello (Bilbao) had won, but when I saw him celebrating, I blessed him,” Izaguire said.

“But they told me I actually won, so I feel incredible.”

However, Bilbao is in 4th place in 36 seconds, so he may be aiming for the overall title.

After winning the podium on the Catalan tour, the British costume Ineos became less noticeable in the race, but Adam Yates remained in sixth place in 1’02.

The penultimate stage on Friday is just two minor climbs, leaving less room for shake-ups, but Saturday’s short but ultra-mountainous final stage promises fireworks.

Tour of the Basque: American rider Brandon McNulty takes first place overall, Jon Izaguirre wins stage 4

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