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Tour of the Basque Country 2018 odds

Who wins Tour of the Basque Country (Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco) 2018?

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Primož Roglic1.141.14
Mikel Landa6.006.00
Jon Izagirre15.0015.00
Nairo Quintana Rojas29.0029.00
Bauke Mollema51.0051.00
David De La Cruz67.0067.00
Julian Alaphilippe151.00151.00
Jack Haig201.00201.00
Rigoberto Urán201.00201.00
Emanuel Buchmann251.00251.00
Enric Mas Nicolau351.00351.00
Omar Fraile351.00351.00
Pello Bilbao351.00351.00
Rui Costa351.00351.00
Ilnur Zakarin501.00501.00
José Herrada501.00501.00
Patrick Konrad501.00501.00
Romain Bardet501.00501.00
Carlos Verona751.00751.00
Dylan Teuns1001.001001.00
Jelle Vanendert1001.001001.00
Michael Woods1001.001001.00
Alexis Vuillermoz1501.001501.00
Bjorg Lambrecht1501.001501.00
Carlos Betancur1501.001501.00
Gorka Izagirre1501.001501.00
Rudy Molard1501.001501.00
Hermann Pernsteiner2001.002001.00
Igor Antón2001.002001.00
Jan Polanc2001.002001.00
Jesper Hansen2001.002001.00
Pieter Serry2001.002001.00
Rafael Valls2001.002001.00
Serge Pauwels2001.002001.00
Daniel Navarro2501.002501.00
Diego Ulissi2501.002501.00
Jesús Herrada2501.002501.00
Jonathan Castroviejo2501.002501.00
Maxime Monfort2501.002501.00
Pierre-Roger Latour2501.002501.00
Winner Anacona2501.002501.00
Alessandro De Marchi4501.004501.00
Brendan Canty4501.004501.00
Damiano Caruso4501.004501.00
Dario Cataldo4501.004501.00
David López Garcia4501.004501.00
Fabio Felline4501.004501.00
Felix Grossschartner4501.004501.00
Fernando Barceló4501.004501.00
Gregor Mühlberger4501.004501.00
Hugh Carthy4501.004501.00
Jhonatan Narváez4501.004501.00
Lawson Craddock4501.004501.00
Lucas Hamilton4501.004501.00
Michael Albasini4501.004501.00
Michael Gogl4501.004501.00
Michael Matthews4501.004501.00
Michal Kwiatkowski4501.004501.00
Moreno Moser4501.004501.00
Neilson Powless4501.004501.00
Richie Porte4501.004501.00
Robert Power4501.004501.00
Ruben Guerreiro4501.004501.00
Sergey Chernetskiy4501.004501.00
Simon Špilak4501.004501.00
Steven Cummings4501.004501.00
Tao Geoghegan Hart4501.004501.00
Víctor De La Parte4501.004501.00
Vasil Kiryienka4501.004501.00

Tour of the Basque Country 2018

The 2018 edition of the Tour of the Basque Country (Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco) will take place between Monday 2nd April and Saturday 7th April. Held in Spain, the race is part of the UCI World Tour 2018, and is classed as a 2.UWT UCI World Tour stage race.

The race is a road cycling stage race and is now in its fifty-eight year. It is the fourteenth event of the UCI World Tour 2018. Last year’s race was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who got to wear the traditional basque beret on the podium.

The race profile

The Tour of the Basque Country is typically a very mountainous race due to the amount of surrounding mountainous areas. There are few flat stages, just the first stage of the race, therefore, the race favours those who are strong punchers and climbers. The climbs aren’t as high as some of the more famous ones on the tour calendar, such as those found on the Tour De France, but they can be very sharp and steep.

The race will be contested over six stages, of which two stand out in particular.  Stage two to Bermeo and stage six to the Sanctuary of Arrate look to be very challenging as the peloton will have to tackle numerous climbs on their race to the finish. In stage six, the peloton will take on a 3.9 km climb at 10% as the race nears its end, with a rolling last 2 km finish to the line.

The race is, however, broken up by stage four, which will be an individual time trial with the start and finish in Lodosa.

Here is the stage breakdown:

Stage 1 - Zarautz to Zarautz. Flat.

Stage 2 - Zarautz to Bermeo. Hills.

Stage 3 - Bermeo to Cuadrilla de Anana. Hills.

Stage 4 - Lodosa to Lodosa. Time Trial.

Stage 5 - Vitoria to Eibar. Hills.

Stage 6 - Eibar to Arrate. Hills.

The Spanish dominance

Current holder, Alejandro Valverde, continued Spain’s rich cycling history of wins at the Tour of the Basque Country. In 2017, Valverde finished ahead of his fellow Spaniard’s Alberto Contador and Ion Izagirre, who completed a fully Spanish podium.

And the Spanish dominance goes back further. In fact, five of the last six winners have been Spanish. In 2012, Samuel Sanchez took the title. 2014, Alberto Contador. 2015, Joaquim Rodriguez. And 2016, Alberto Contador again. The last non-Spaniard to win was the Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 2013.

The Tour of the Basque Country dates back to 1924, making it one of the oldest stages on the cycling calendar. It’s particularly notable for its sharp and frequent mountain climbs, which favours the punchers and climber, as proved by the strong list of recent winners. All of the recent winners are very good climbers, and you can expect the Spanish contingent to fancy a podium finish once more.