Eight escapees including Lionel Taminiaux (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) opened the race in a rainy Basque Country. They were allowed to do their thing until the teams Bahrain-McLaren and UAE Emirates took action. One by one they had to pack in the final.
Bahrain-McLaren wanted to play the Landa card, but the Spanish lap rider fell just before the final climb: the steep Pike Bidea. No worries, team mates Bilbao and Caruso went on and were part of a new leading group.
The two avoided a fall in the descent and played it out well. Caruso broke away and was just not caught by the sprinters.
Nizzolo had to settle for 2nd place, Jasper Stuyven became 5th and first Belgian. Eliot Lietaer was 2nd in 9th place. Remco Evenepoel, winner of the Tour of Burgos, did not start.