Tour of the Basque Country 2022: The Route
Itzulia Basque Country kicks into gear on Monday 4 April to finish that Saturday with an attrition race to the Arrate Sanctuary. As always, punchers and climbers will find a fair share of their favourite terrain.
The 1st stage is a 7.5 kilometres long ITT. The route ramps up to 10% at times.
Stage 2 is not only the longest of this edition, it’s also the flattest. The 207.9 kilometres race is likely to see a finish of strongmen sprinters in Viana.
The 3rd stage is vintage Itzulia Basque Country. The elevation gain adds up to 3,330 metres, while the last hill is crested with 5 kilometres remaining. Downhill finale.
The Vivero is expected to be crucial in the 4th stage. The 6 kilometres test at 6.3% is the last climb of the day and it is crested 20 kilometres before the finish line.
The climbing intensifies in the last two days of action. Stage 5 serves five classified climbs before a brutal finale. Coming off a kilometres long false flat the finishing ramp goes up at double digits and peaks out at 16%.
The Itzulia Basque Country goes out with a bang on a 135.7 kilometres route with seven ascents and 3,5000 climbing metres. The 6th stage finishes at the Arrate Sanctuary after a 4.5 kilometres climb at 8.8% and a 2 kilometres run-in to the line.
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