Maximilian Schachmann continued on Thursday its dominance in the cycling tour of the Basque country.
It took the German Bora-rider his third victory in four stages, as he is in a sprint between the four men beat the slovenian Tadej Pogacar.
Jacob Fuglsang was also in the finals, but could not assert themselves in the sprint. The Danish Astana rider was number three a few lengths after the two fastest.
With his victory extends Maximilian Schachmann his overall lead in the race. He now has 51 seconds down to teammate Patrick Konrad in the race's first big mountain stage on Friday.
Jakob Fuglsang jumped four places up in the standings and is now in seventh place with 1 minute and 24 seconds up to Schachmann.
Today's outbreak was never really allowed to poke off. When the distance was greatest, there was approximately three minutes between the outbreak and the field.
With a little over ten kilometers back were udbryderne obtained, and then there was laid up for a hectic end to the rain-soaked basque roads, where the riders shortly before the goal having to up over a small rise and down again.
On the way up the rise was Jakob Fuglsang, and three others - including Maximilian Schachmann - created a small gap to the field.
The small group came to target a few hundred meters in front of the field.
Tadej Pogacar opened the sprint, but got pressed on the accelerator a little too early. Schachmann set so the turbo when it mattered, and ended up crossing the finish line as the first.
Jacob Fuglsang was never in the vicinity of to win. It was Adam Yates - the last member of firemandsgruppen - nor.
Maximilian Schachmann began the tour of the Basque country by winning the opening prologue on Monday. On Wednesday, it was also the world championships for Schachmann.
The only one to have won a stage in this year's edition of the race, which is not called Maximilian Schachmann, is Julian Alaphilippe. The frenchman had to be removed on Thursday after a crash on Wednesday's stage.