Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux was represented in the breakaway for the second time in this Vuelta thanks to Julius Johansen. The Danish rider, who is participating in his first Grand Tour, joined the breakaway of eighteen riders which was only formed after two hours of racing.
On a difficult course in the Basque Country, Johansen was present in the front until the Alto de Vivero, the principal attraction of the local circuit in Bilbao. In the end, Belgian rider Jan Bakelants was the first representant of the team at the finish line in thirteenth position. The climbers Louis Meintjes, Domenico Pozzovivo and Rein Taaramäe ended in the peloton with the rest of the favorites.