'Cycling fans want to see the spectacular': Carlos Rodríguez proud of manner of breakaway Basque Country win

The only disappointment for the Spaniard was that his compatriot Marc Soler was caught by the peloton

Carlos Rodríguez
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In winning stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country, Carlos Rodríguez became the second Ineos Grenadiers rider in two weeks to win from a long-distance breakaway, the Spaniard claiming that this win was exactly how he wants to race.

The 21-year-old has been in good form this spring with good GC placings at the three Spanish stage races he has ridden, but his win in the rain on the steep finishing slopes in the village of Mallabia on Friday was his maiden professional triumph.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.