David Gaudu claimed Stage 6, and Primoz Roglic the overall victory at the Tour of the Basque Country.
Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) started in yellow ahead of the the final stage, with Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 23 seconds behind him in second place.
With 35km to go, a break of three riders - Roglic, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education–Nippo) - attempted to move away from a chase of six riders including Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers).
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10km closer to the finish line, the status quo was still in force with no one rider able to assert a dominant lead.
Primoz Roglic hands stage win to David Gaudu as he takes overall victory
It was then up to Roglic to defend his superiority and secure the overall victory, as the riders headed into the final climb of the race, Usartza.
It was at that stage that Carthy started to fall away under the exertions of the end of the stage, with Gaudu aiming to claim a stage win against his Slovenian rival.
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Pogacar launched a late attempt to pull in the leaders with designs on a stage victory of his own, after his early work in the stage was an attempt to assist teammate McNulty.
At the death, Roglic cruised into second with Gaudu just ahead. With the chasing pack then pushing on, Adam Yates took fourth behind Alejandro Valverde.
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