The race begins with a local round featuring Alto de Erro. So this ascent is in the road book twice – at kilometre 22.8 and at kilometre 78.9. The Erro is a 6.4 kilometres climb at 4.8%. Following the second passage on the top a short drop leads to the foot of Alto de Mezkiriz, which is a 1.3 kilometre hill with an average gradient of 5.4%. At an elevation of 920 metres the peak marks the highest point of today’s route. Still 90.7 kilometres to go.
First a long descent and then a flat section with two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 121.2 and at kilometre 137.6. A 90 degrees bend 300 metres before the line could stir up a possible bunch sprint.
Pamplona didn’t host the Tour of the Basque Country for 44 years. We have to go back to 1973 for the last time the race visited Miguel Indurain’s home town.
There are no time bonuses in the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country.
Tour of the Basque Country 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Climb details Alto de Erro
Climb details Alto de Mezkiriz
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