Tony Martin takes final stage time trial; Simon Yates heads best young rider classification

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) continued his strong start to the 2014 season with an overall win in the Tour of the Basque Country to add to his overall title at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Contador took the opening stage of the race and successfully defended the overall race lead until its conclusion on Saturday, where he placed second in the final, hilly time trial behind Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) placed second in the general classification behind Contador at 49 seconds, with Jean Christophe Peraud (Ag2r) rounding out the final podium at 1-04.

British first-year pro Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) finish 17th in the final time trial to head the best young rider classification and place 12th overall.

Results
Tour of the Basque Country 2014, stage six: Markina-Xemein to Markina-Xemein, 25.9km ITT
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 38-33

2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 7 secs
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 15 secs
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 16 secs
5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r at 35 secs
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 38 secs
7. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar at 41 secs
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1-02
9. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 1-05
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 1-25
Other
17. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 1-47

Final overall classification
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo in 21-09-11

2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 49 secs
3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r at 1-04
4. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 1-07
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1-07
6. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 1-56
7. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 1-56
8. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha at 2-13
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 2-14
10. Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 2-26
Other
12. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge

Tony Martin in action during Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country

Tony Martin in action during Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country

Tony Martin on the podium after winning the Stage 6 Time Trial of the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country

Tony Martin on the podium after winning the Stage 6 Time Trial of the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country