Tour of the Basque Country 2016: The Route
The Tour of the Basque Country is on from Monday, April 4, to Saturday, April 9. Steep flanks and ferocious racing, those are the characteristics of one of the most interesting stage races on the cycling calendar. Cyclingstage.com brings you the full route of the 2016 Tour of the Basque Country.
It all starts out in style with a 144 kilometres course in stage 1, offering no less than eight climbs with the last one crested at 8 kilometres before the finish line. The following day the race even kicks up a notch when stage 2 finishes on top of a short and explosive closing climb with grades up to 20%.
Stage 3 contains five mountains, while the centrepiece is in the finale. In a frame of around 25 kilometres the Aritxulegi, Agiña and Alto de la Piedad are on the menu, and that last peak is crested with 9 kilometres to go. Stage 4 brings the calf crusher also known as the Wall of Aia from different sides, after which the finish line is 13 kilometres down the road in Orio.
In the last two stages the famous Santuario de la Virgen de Arrate plays a pivotal role. Stage 5 is set to finish there following a race taking the riders over eight peaks. The last one is the tough climb up the Uzartza – 5.5 kilometres at 8.5% – before the final 2.2 kilometres are on rolling roads with the final section slightly downhill. The closing stage is an individual chrono taking the riders up the Uzartza and past the Sanctuary again.
All in all, the 2016 Tour of the Basque Country is tailor made to detonate the fireworks.
Tour of the Basque Country 2016: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
Click on the images to zoom
Tour of the Basque Country Riders
Tour of the Basque Country Favourites
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Stage 6 – Contador powers to stage win and overall victory - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Stage 5 – Huge solo victory Diego Rosa, Sergio Henao new leader - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Stage 4 – Stage win Sammy Sanchez, Kelderman new leader - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Stage 3 – Stephen Cummings soloes to tight victory, Landa retains lead - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Stage 2 - Landa bests Kelderman on steep closing climb to take leader's jersey - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Stage 1 - Luis León Sánchez wins after perfect descent - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 1: Etxebarria – Markina-Xemein - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 2: Markina-Xemein – Baranbio - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 3: Vitoria-Gasteiz - Lesaka - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 4: Lesaka – Orio - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 5: Orio – Arrate (Eibar) - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 Route stage 6: Eibar – Eibar - Tour of the Basque Country 2016 More articles
Giro 2022: Buitrago solos to victory, Carapaz still in pink
Giro 2022 Route stage 17: Ponte di Legno - Lavarone
Giro 2022 Route stage 18: Borgo Valsugana - Treviso
Giro 2022 Favourites stage 18: For fast men #5
Giro 2022: Withdrawals
Giro 2022: The Route
Giro 2022: Riders
Giro 2022 Route stage 19: Marano Lagunare - Castelmonte
Giro 2022 Favourites stage 19: Steep ramps to suit the breakaway
Giro 2022 Route stage 20: Belluno - Passo Fedaia
Giro 2022 Favourites stage 20: Final GC clash in high mountains
Giro 2022 Route stage 21: Verona ITT
Giro 2022 Favourites stage 21: Into the arena
Cycling Calendar 2022
Giro 2022: Ciccone solos to victory, Carapaz still in pink
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022: The Route
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022: Riders
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 Route stage 1: La Voulte-sur-Rhône - Beauchastel
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 Route stage 2: Saint-Péray - Brives-Charensac
Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 Route stage 3: Saint-Paulien - Chastreix-Sancy
Tour de France 2022: The Route
Tour de France 2022: Riders
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 1: Copenhagen - Copenhagen
Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 1: Ganna for first yellow jersey
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 2: Roskilde - Nyborg
Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 2: For fast men #1
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 5: Lille - Arenberg
Tour de France 2022 Route stage 12: Briançon - Alpe d'Huez
Vuelta 2022: The Route
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!