Posted: Monday April 1, 2013 1:13 PM

Gerrans wins 1st stage of Tour of Basque Country

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ELGOIBAR, Spain (AP) - Australian rider Simon Gerrans won the first stage of the Tour of Basque Country with a sprint finish Monday, edging Peter Velits of Slovakia and Angel Vicioso of Spain.

Gerrans, who won the Milan-San Remo race last year, finished the 97-mile mountainous course in 4 hours, 6 minutes, 33 seconds. Velits and Vicioso finished in the same time.

Riders had to negotiate a grade-1 climb to the Alto de Azurki peak and three grade-2 ascents.

Alberto Contador finished seventh with the same time as the leaders.

The second stage Tuesday in the six-leg race is a 105.6-mile ride from Elgoibar to Vitoria.
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