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Tour of the Basque Country odds

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Tour of the Basque Country (Vuelta al País Vasco) 2021 - Overall winner

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Tour of the Basque Country 2021

The Tour of the Basque Country 2021 is a cycling stage race announced to be held between April 5 and 10, 2021 in Spain. This year the race will be the 60th edition of the Tour of the Basque Country and the 13th race of the 2021 UCI World Tour. The race will be run as a 2.UWT event on the UCI Worldtour through Basque Country’s roads.

The race is also officially called Itzulia Basque Country and in Spanish Vuelta al País Vasco. Since the Basque Country is a mountainous region, there are like a few flat stages, so the competition favors strong climbers. The race is distinguished for its short stages, which seldom exceeds 200 kilometers and steep ascents. Although the race's ascents aren't especially steep in comparison to other stage races, they are among the most perpendicular seen in professional cycling, with some parts having gradients exceeding 20%.

The Route

The Tour of the Basque Country consists of six extreme stages that run through six days and covers plenty of vertical meters, the final stage will be a short but steep race to the Arrate Sanctuary. In the race, punchers and climbers are handled differently. It starts as early as stage 1, but the race in Bilbao is an ITT, so it's not a typical puncher's dream. Following a 2.6 kilometer ascent and a long downhill, the final climb is a rude 600 meters with a 19% gradient.

The second stage is played on rolling to bumpy terrain before the finishing line. Except for the ultimate few hundred meters, the remainder of the race is downhill after La Asturiana – a 7.6-kilometer climb at 6.2% with a peak 14 kilometers before the finish line. Those have a steep ascent. The next day is similar, while the finale is more complicated. The climbers spend the majority of the day on the Gorbeia plateau before falling down for three climbs in the concluding 20 kilometers. The drag to the line, which is 3.1 kilometers long and 11.1%, is the most striking.

In the final 50 kilometers of Stage 4, the Clásica de San Sebastián fixtures Alto de Jaizkibel and Puerto de Erlaitz are included. The Jaizkibel is a 6.9 kilometers ascent, and the Puerto de Erlaitz is a 7.4-kilometer ascent with a 3.8-kilometer segment. The downhill drives to a 10-kilometer flat finish. Despite its lack of flatness, the 5th stage appears to be the best fit for sprinters who dared the journey to the Basque Country. The last of the three hills is nearly 30 kilometers from the finish line in Ondorroa.

The last stage could serve the fireworks one last time, with seven climbs packed into a 111.9-kilometer run. The stage ends near Arrate Sanctuary, with a 4.5-kilometer final climb that averages 8.9%, and the last two kilometers that are mostly smooth.

Participating Teams

Climbers should be strong and hefty since the race goes on some hilly tracks. Freshers can get excellent preparation for the next tour of UCI, so some newer teams and riders are to compete in the race. Moreover, the following are the expected competitors and competing teams:

Competing teams: Lotto Soudal, BORA - hansgrohe, Bahrain - Victorious, UAE-Team Emirates, Equipo Kern Pharma, Cofidis–Solutions Crédits, Team BikeExchange, Movistar Team, AG2R Citroën Team, Trek - Segafredo, Team Jumbo-Visma, Groupama - FDJ, EF Education - Nippo, Astana - Premier Tech, Israel Start-Up Nation, INEOS Grenadiers, Burgos-BH, Team Qhubeka ASSOS and so on.

Recent Victorians

Spanish professional bicycle racer Ion Izagirre won the last 2019 Tour of the Basque Country from team Astana. He took the first position ahead of Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora–Hansgrohe).

Primož Roglič (LottoNL–Jumbo) 2018, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) 2017, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) 2015, Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) 2015.