The first two stages leave from Pamplona. We have to go as far back as 1973 for the last time the Tour of the Basque Country visited Miguel Indurain’s home town. Pamplona enjoys worldwide fame for the running of the bulls in July each year.
The 1st stage travels to Valle de Egües and the 2nd stage to Elciego. Both stages are mostly flat.
San Sebastián is another host that’s making its come-back in the Tour of the Basque Country after a long abscence (since 1975). Obviously, the town has had its fare share of pro-cycling glory with the Clásica San Sebastián. In fact, the route of stage 3 is partly on the roads of the famous one-day Classic, which was won by Bauke Mollema in 2016.
Stage 4 travels from San Sebastián to Bilbao, where Jens Keukeleire sprinted to victory in last year’s Vuelta España. Two years ago Michael Matthews took the 1st stage in the Tour of the Basque Country in the largest city in the region.
The Queen Stage is played out on the penultimate day. Stage 5 takes in six ascents, including the closing climb up to the Sanctuary of Arrate. The first 5.5 kilometres are averaging 8.4%, while the 2nd and 3rd kilometre are steepest with average grades of 15.4% en 14.1%. After the Sanctuary the route continues for 2.1 kilometres on a flat to slightly descending road.
Just like in 2016, the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country ends with an uphill time trial.
Alberto Contador is title holder. Last year went on to take the overal after winning the time trial in the Tour of the Basque Country.
Tour of the Basque Country 2017: Images and more
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