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It was 11 years ago that Andreas Klöden (RadioShack) last won Tour of the Basque Country and this is his first overall win since 2008. (Spot Robert Gesink in the trophy reflection)
More photos: 19 Big Photos from the Stage 6 ITT and Podiumflockton/reuters

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Stage 6 ITT: Andreas Kloden (RadioShack) finishes 2nd behind the ITT winner Tony Martin and easily wins the overall; another ITT diseaster for Joaquim Rodríguez who slips from first to 11th


19 Big Photos from Stage 6flockton/reuters
Stage 6 results
1  Tony Martin (HTC)                        32:15
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)             + 0:05
3  Marco Pinotti (HTC)                     + 0:24
4  Jacob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek)           + 0:29
5  Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo)        + 0:42
6  Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)           + 0:48
7  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)                + 0:53
8  Richie Porte (Saxo Bank)                
9  Chris Horner (RadioShack)               + 0:55
10 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar)              + 1:00
11 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)              + 1:03
12 Xavier Tondo (Movistar)                 + 1:06
13 Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)      + 1:17
14 Tejay Van Garderen (HTC)                + 1:19
15 Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)           + 1:30

Final general classification
1  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)           22:12:11
2  Chris Horner (RadioShack)               + 0:47
3  Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 
4  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)              + 1:03
5  Xavier Tondo (Movistar) 
6  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)      + 1:08
7  David López (Movistar)                  + 1:28
8  Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)           + 1:41
9  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)         + 1:49
10 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar)              + 1:54
11 Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)             + 1:59
Klöden and Martin dominate closing time trialcyclingnews
Andreas Klöden takes overall title at Tour of the Basque Country as Tony Martin wins final TTvelonews
 Stage 6 Winning Rides (01:38 Ambient Noise, U.S. only) — universalsports
 Stage 6 [Another] Bad Time Trial for Rodriguez (01:42 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
 Stage 6 Andreas Kloden (03:14 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
 Stage 6 Chris Horner (03:14 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
19 Big Photos from Stage 6flockton/reuters
Klöden, el triunfo de un superviviente en la Vuelta al País Vascodiariovasco
April 9 update: Without time bonuses or time gaps between the top GC contenders on the five stages so far, we have three riders in a virtual tie for the race lead and Chris Horner in 4th just one second back. As you can see from the current GC shown just below, any of ten riders could win the overall. Similar to last year's final ITT which Chris Horner won, stage 6 will be a hilly, technical course and exactly the same length at 24 km.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
General Classification heading into the decisive ITT
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)           
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)   
3  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
4  Chris Horner (RadioShack)               + 0:01
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)         + 0:06
6  Xavier Tondo (Movistar)   
7  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)   
8  David López (Movistar)   
9  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)              + 0:09
10 Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)           + 0:10
ITT Start Order and Timesbiciciclismo

Stage 5: Oscar Freire relegated in Pais Vasco for the second year in a row, Francisco Gavazzi awarded the win. No change on GC heading into the TT

Stage 5 results
1  Oscar Freire (Rabobank)  
1  Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD            4:27:03   
2  Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep    
3  John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale      
4  Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM      
5  Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Caja Rural      
6  Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team      
7  Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo      
8  Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale      
9  Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack      
10 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
Full/Official Stage 4 Resultsdiariovasco
Full/Official General Classification after Stage 4diariovasco
Stage 5 results and reportcyclingnews
 Stage 5 Highlights (01:52 Ambient Noise, U.S. only) — universalsports
13 Big Photos from Stage 5 (more photos added) — reuters/flockton
 Stage 5 Highlights w/ disqualification footage (04:03 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
 Overhead footage of the finisheitb
A Freire le birlan el triunfo en la Vuelta al País Vascovueltapaisvasco.diariovasco
April 8 update: I guess we can call stage 5 a medium mountain stage given that there are seven categorized climbs; however, the difficult climbs are in the first half. The last half of the race will meander around the finish host Zalla which isn't too difficult terrain-wise. It's unlikely that the cat 3 climb 12 km from the finish will do much to shake up the tight GC. Without time bonuses or time gaps on the three descent finishes so far, we have three riders in a virtual tie for the race lead and Chris Horner in 4th just one second back.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 4 results: Sammy Sánchez wins in Eibar for the second straight year

Stage 4 results
1  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)     4:42:37
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)   
3  Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)   
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (Movistar)   
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)   
6  Xavier Tondo (Movistar)   
7  Chris Horner (RadioShack)   
8  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)   
9  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)   
10 David López (Movistar)   
11 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek)   
12 Chris Sorensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard)      + 0:32

General Classification after Stage 4
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)           17:12:46
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)   
3  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
4  Chris Horner (RadioShack)               + 0:01
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)         + 0:06
6  Xavier Tondo (Movistar)   
7  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)   
8  David López (Movistar)   
9  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)              + 0:09
10 Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)           + 0:10
11 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek)             + 0:18
12 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar)              + 1:03
Full/Official Stage 4 Resultsdiariovasco
Full/Official General Classification after Stage 4diariovasco
Sanchez prevails in Eibar cyclingnews
Samuel Sánchez wins tough Basque stage; Chris Horner fourth, Ryder Hesjedal fifth overallvelonews
Samuel Sánchez vence en Arrate y 'Purito' Rodríguez sigue líder en la Vuelta al País Vascodiariovasco
Damiano Cunego abandons Vuelta al Pais Vascovelonation
17 Big Photos from Stage 4 (more to come) — flockton/reuters
 Stage 3 Finish (04:02 English) — universalsports


April 7 update: The Queen Stage, like in previous editions of this race, will finish in Eibar, one of the major industrial cities in the Basque country. This is always brutal stage regardless of where it starts, but this year is particularly tough because over the finah half of this 177 km stage, there are seven catgorized climbs including 2 cat 3s, 3 cat 2s and 2 cat 1s. Last year, Sammy Sanchez won in Eibar and in 2009 Alberto Contador won here with the top 10 spread out by about 50s both years at the descent finish in Eibar.

The Queen Stage seven categorized climbs:
Km. 85,4 Alto de Kanpazar (cat 2) 3,4 kms, avg 6,09%
Km. 118 Alto de Karabieta (cat 2) 4,6 kms, avg 8,48%
Km. 129,3 Alto de Miota (cat 3) 3 kms, avg 3,17%
Km. 136,2 Alto de Areitio (cat 3) 2,3 kms, avg 5,78%
Km. 148,3 Alto de Ixua (cat 1) 4,8 kms, avg 8,44%
Km. 158,8 Alto de San Miguel (cat 2) 4,8 kms, avg 5,63%
Km. 177,6 Alto de Usartza (cat 1) 5,8 kms, avg 8,44%
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve


Stage 3 results: Vino spoils the only chance for the sprinters with a solo win in Zuia/Murgia

Stage 3 results
1  Alexandr Vinokourov (Astana)      4:20:37
2  Oscar Freire (Rabobank)            + 0:08
3  Paul Martens (Rabobank)   
4  Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil)   
5  Mikael Cherel (AG2R)   
6  Egoitz García (Caja Rural)   
7  Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD)   
8  Chris Horner (RadioShack)   
9  Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha)   
10 Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)     

General Classification after Stage 3
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)     12:30:09
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)   
3  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
4  Chris Horner (RadioShack)         + 0:01
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)   + 0:06
6  Xavier Tondo (Movistar)   
7  Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD)   
8  David López (Movistar)   
9  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)   
10 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)        + 0:09 
Full/Official Stage 3 Resultsdiariovasco
Full/Official General Classification after Stage 3diariovasco
Vinokourov solos to stage 3 win cyclingnews
Vinokourov pasa al ataque en la Vuelta al País Vasco y vence en Murgiadiariovasco
Basso quits the Vuelta a Pais Vasco cyclingnews
8 Big Photos from Stage 3flockton
 Stage 3 Finish (01:43 Ambient Noise, U.S. only) — universalsports
More Stage 3 Photosdiariovasco
April 6 update: This is the easiest of the road stages with just three categorized climbs and nothing more than a cat 2 as the peloton heads northwest to the finish in Zuia/Murgia. There aren't many sprinters at this race, but Oscar Freire (Rabobank) is here so he'll be the heavy favorite.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 2 results: Vasili Kiryienka (Movistar) wins for the first time in three years

Stage 2 results
1  Vasili Kiryienka (Movistar)                4:06:39
2  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)                 + 0:02
3  Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 
4  Chris Sorensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard) 
5  Chris Horner (RadioShakck) 
6  Jurgen van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) 
7  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo) 
8  Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 
9  Fabio Duarte (Geox-TMC) 
10 Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)  

General Classification after Stage 2
1  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)               8:09:23
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)   
3  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
4  Chris Horner (RadioShack)                  + 0:01 
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)            + 0:06
6  David López (Movistar)   
7  Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD)   
8  Xavier Tondo (Movistar)   
9  Robert Gesink (Rabobank)   
10 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar)    
Full/Official Stage 2 Resultsdiariovasco
Full/Official General Classification after Stage 2diariovasco
Kiryienka escapes for solo victory cyclingnews
Kiryienka ends long drought with Basque stagereuters
2 Big Photos from Stage 2reuters
 Stage 2 Highlights (03:57 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
Kiryenka gana la segunda etapa de la Vuelta al País Vasco tras un descenso vertiginosodiariovasco
April 4 update: Like Stage 1, Stage 2 will have seven categorized climbs but two of the them will be categorized 1 whereas stage 1 didn't have anything above a cat 2. The last cat 1 will crest just several km from the flat finish in Lekunberri.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 1: Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) wins a climber's bunch sprint after descending into Zumarraga


4 Big Photos from Stage 1reuters
Stage 1 results
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)         4:02:42
2  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
3  Andreas Kloden (RadioShack)
4  Chris Horner (RadioShack)            + 0:01
5  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)      + 0:06
6  Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) 
7  David López (Movistar) 
8  Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 
9  Danilo Di Luca (Katusha) 
10 Xavier Tondo (Movistar) 
Full/Official Stage 1 Resultsdiariovasco
Full/Official General Classification after Stage 1diariovasco
Rodriguez victorious in Zumarragacyclingnews
Horner keeps GC hopes alive in wild Basque openervelonews
'Purito' Rodríguez vence a Samuel Sánchez en la primera etapa de la Vuelta al País Vascodiariovasco
4 Big Photos from Stage 1reuters
More Stage 1 Photosdavid gimenez
 Stage 1 Highlights (03:12 English, U.S. only) — universalsports
The leaders going over the steep climb near the finishdiariovasco
April 3 update: This is a medium mountainous loop starting and finishing in Zumarraga featuring seven cat 3 or cat 2 climbs in the interior region. This stage profile should suit Samuel Sánchez who appears to have good form after winning Gran Premio Miguel Indurain on Saturday and a good showing at Paris-Nice last month.

The field for this race is one of the strongest for a stage race this year and we know the Basque roads are always interesting so it should be a good race. Here are some of the GC names to watch for: Samuel Sánchez, Joaquim Rodríguez, Ivan Basso, Andy and Frank Schleck, Tony Martin, Robert Gesink, Chris Horner, Andreas Kloden, Levi Leipheimer, Damiano Cunego, Michael Rogers, Rigoberto Urán, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Daniel Martin, Ryder Hesjedal, Christian Vandevelde, Alexandre Vinokourov, Belat Intxausti, Richie Porte, Jean-Christophe Peraud, Juan José Cobo and Fabio Duarte.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve




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2011 Tour of the Basque Country Previews

April 3 update:
Official startlist with bib numberssteephill.tv
Sanchez primed for Tour of the Basque Countryafp
Sastre out of Vuelta al Pais Vasco with bronchial problems cyclingnews

April 2 update:
Basso feeling confident heading into Vuelta al Pais Vasco velonation
Damiano Cunego to return for Vuelta al Pais Vasco velonation
Sanchez on track for Pais Vasco cyclingnews
Levi Leipheimer hopes to be back for Basque Countryvelonews
Carlos Sastre, baja por una infección pulmonaradn.es

March 29 update:
Chris Horner earns No. 1 start bib at Tour of Basque Countryvelonews

2011 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco Race Preview

February 28 update: The 2011 route was announced today. Stage hosts, profiles and timetables for all stages are now posted. Ivan Basso, The Schleck brothers and Sammy Sanchez are expected to partake. More to come.

Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco is a stage race held in the Basque Country, a cultural region shared between France and Spain, at the same time the classics are happening in northern Europe, giving riders (mainly climbers) an alternative to the cobbles and cold weather.

Known as the Tour of the Basque Country in English and Euskal Herriko Txirrindulari Itzulia in Basque, the six-day race was first held in 1935, while the modern version of the race took place for the first time in 1969. The race is now organised by the leading Basque newspaper Diario Vasco (official site) which holds a UCI ProTour licence through to 2012. This year's event runs from Monday, April 4th through Saturday, April 9thSteve
Samuel Sánchez: «Mi futuro nunca va más allá de mañana» diariovasco
La Vuelta al País Vasco comenzará en Zumarraga y terminará en Zallaeitb

2011 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco Route Map

no official route map has been published yet


En Directo: Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage

April 7 update: Your 2011 Tour of the Basque Country live coverage options for North America and elsewhere. Check back at race time for the latest live links. Feel free to send in additional sources for live video or tv coverage as they become known. — Steve
media source tv or internet comments/restrictions
   live video (spanish)
  tv schedule
Spanish; daily broadcast at 15:30 CET.
   live video (italian)
   live video (italian)
  tv schedule
Italian;
eurosport    live video (english)
   live video (english)
   live audio (english)
  tv schedule (british)
live at 15:45 CET;
Audio languages: EN | FR | DE | ES | IT
   live video (spanish)
  tv schedule
Spanish; Teledeporte feed; Delayed video for stage 1 at 18:15 CET.
   live video (basque)
  tv schedule
Free worldwide; Spanish; daily broadcast at 15:55 CET.
   live video ($)
  tv schedule (see comments)
North America only?; Online: Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 9:45 am - 11:30 am ET and Saturday, April 9 10:15 am - 12:00 pm ET. TV: Monday, April 4 - Saturday, April 9 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET
   live video (french)
  tv schedule
France and Europe satellites; Tour du Pays Basque live each day at 16:00 CEST with rebroadcasts
 live text updates Official text updates in Spanish and ticker (Google English Translation)
live text updates ES
live text updates EN
The Spanish website Biciciclismo will also has the latest race updates
 steephill text updates
 #paisvasco twitter group
short text updates from any and everyone
check back at race time for more and updated links; email send a comment or a new live link



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