Tour of the Basque Country 2019: The Route
The Tour of the Basque Country started on Monday to finish this Saturday. In terms of GC, the last two mountain stages are set to be decisive, while punchers, power sprinters and attackers will be eyeing up their chances in the other races.
The Tour of the Basque Country kicks into gear on a tough ITT course of 11.2 kilometres. La Antigua is crested inside the last 3 kilometres after a 2.3 kilometres toil at 9.7% with ramps up to 21% in the last 100 metres before the top.
The 2nd stage features climbs in the first 50 kilometres before a more rolling profile leads to a nasty uphill kick to the line. The last 600 metres climb at 8.1%.
Stage 3 in the ‘Itzulia Basque Country’ is the longest race in this edition. At 191.4 kilometres, the route is far from flat, yet a likely scenario is a power sprint to the finish near the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Estíbaliz. The final 2 kilometres go up at approximately 4%.
Four climbs are included in the 4th stage. The last one is extremely irregular – a 2.3% slope in the first kilometre and 6.4% in the second before an 800 metres drop continues onto 500 metres at 10%. The climb levels out before the top and a flying descent drops down to the finish line in Arrigorriaga.
The last two races are merely 270 kilometres combined, while including thirteen mountains. Basque mountains, that is, with a lot of double digit ramps. So the battle for the GC will be brutal.
Stage 5 serves seven climbs before finishing near the iconic Sanctuary of Arrate, which serves as a finish for the ninth time in a row. The final haul up is 5 kilometres at 8.8%, while the last few kilometres run on rolling terrain to a 600 metres drop to the finish.
The 6th stage of the Tour of the Basque Country is an explosive out-and-back race through the hills around Eibar. The final ascent is the Asensio. This is a 7.3 kilometres climb with its toughest section – 1 kilometre at 9.5% – close to the top. The ensuing descent flies down to the line in Eibar.
The ‘Itzula Basque Country’ awards the first three riders on the line in each stage (not the ITT) time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Champion Primoz Roglic will not return to defend his title in the 2019 Tour of the Basque Country.
Tour of the Basque Country 2019: route, profiles, more
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 Adam Yates wins final stage, Ion Izagirre takes GC - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Buchmann wins Arrate stage to take GC lead - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Schachmann wins again in 4th stage - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Schachmann cements lead with win in 3rd stage - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Punchy win Alaphilippe, Schachmann retains lead - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Schachmann powers to ITT win and GC lead - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 1: ITT Zumarraga - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 2: Zumarraga - Gorraiz - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 3: Sarriguren - Estíbaliz - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 4: Vitoria-Gasteiz - Arrigorriaga - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 5: Arrigorriaga - Sanctuary of Arrate - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 Route stage 6: Eibar - Eibar - Tour of the Basque Country 2019 More articles
Giro 2020: The Route
Giro 2020: Riders
Giro 2020: GC Favourites
Giro 2020 Route stage 1: Monreale - Palermo
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 1: First fight for pink
Giro 2020 Route stage 2: Alcamo - Agrigento
Giro 2020 Route stage 3: Enna - Etna
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 3: Climb fest on Moun Etna
Giro 2020 Route stage 4: Catania – Villafranca Tirrena
Giro 2020 Route stage 5: Mileto - Camigliatello Silano
Giro 2020 Route stage 6: Castrovillari - Matera
Giro 2020 Route stage 7: Matera- Brindisi
Giro 2020 Route stage 8: Giovanazzo - Vieste
Giro 2020 Route stage 9: San Salvo - Roccaraso
Giro 2020 Route stage 10: Lanciano - Tortoreto Lido
Giro 2020 Route stage 11: Porto Sant'Elpidio - Rimini
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 13: Back to the fast men, or...?
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 15: Battle for pink intensifies
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 17: Monster Mountains for HC climbers
Giro 2020 Route stage 18: Pinzolo – Laghi di Cancano
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 19: Last chance for fast finishers
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Route Road Race – men
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Riders Road Race – men
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Route Road Race – women
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Riders ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Route ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Route ITT – women
Cycling Calendar 2020
BinckBank Tour 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 1: Irún - Santuario de Arrate
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 2: Pamplona - Lekunberri
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 4: Soria - Ejea de los Caballeros
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 5: Huesca - Sabiñánigo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 6: Biescas - Tourmalet
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 3: Lodosa - Laguna Negra
Tour de France 2020: Sam Bennett wins points competition
Tour de France 2020: The Route
Tour de France 2020: Riders
Tour de France 2020: Withdrawals
Tour de France: Winners and records
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!