Juan Ayuso Clinches Tour of the Basque Country Title in Stellar Victory

Juan Ayuso

Elbar, The Gulf Observer: UAE Team Emirates rider Juan Ayuso delivered a remarkable performance at the Tour of the Basque Country (Itzulia Basque Country 2024), securing the overall title in a dominant display that marked the biggest win of his cycling career. Carlos Rodriguez of Ineos-Grenadiers claimed victory in the final ultra-tough stage.

In a dramatic conclusion to the prestigious race, Ayuso and his UAE Team Emirates colleagues executed a flawless strategy during the 137-kilometer mountainous stage, which both started and concluded in Eibar. Ayuso’s stellar ride not only secured the stage win but also cemented his position atop the general classification, clinching the coveted title.

Reflecting on his impressive performance, Ayuso expressed gratitude for his team’s collective effort and emphasized the importance of teamwork in achieving victory.

“Today has been a great day, but one where teamwork really counted,” Ayuso remarked.

“We got the riders in the break, Marc then got across and that was the bridge I needed. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible. It’s a huge win. Getting my first overall stage race victory and in the WorldTour as well – it couldn’t be better.”

Ayuso’s triumph at the Tour of the Basque Country underscores UAE Team Emirates’ continued success on the cycling circuit, marking their 21st victory of the season. The victory also solidifies Ayuso’s growing stature as a rising star in professional cycling, following his recent second-place finish at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Tour of the Basque Country is renowned for its challenging terrain and demanding stages, making Ayuso’s achievement all the more impressive. His commanding performance throughout the race reflects not only his individual talent but also the strength and determination of UAE Team Emirates as a cohesive unit.

Juan Ayuso’s success at the Itzulia Basque Country 2024 will undoubtedly serve as a milestone in his burgeoning cycling career, propelling him further into the spotlight as one of the sport’s most promising talents.