Klöden wraps up victory in Tour of the Basque Country

Andreas Kloden wins, Criterium International 2011, stage three TT

For the second time in just over a decade, Andreas Klöden (RadioShack) stood the tallest in the final podium of the Tour of the Basque Country after a stunning final time trial ride on Saturday.

Klöden came within a whisker of taking the final stage as well, an extremely challenging  24 kilometre loop through hilly terrain in the town of Zalla, that essentially consisted of two long climbs of single-track lane and two fast, twisting descents. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) came off on one corner, an accident that all but certainly cost him the second place overall.

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