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This year's Tour of the Basque Country has turned into the Joaquim Rodriguez and Sammy Sanchez show with the two riders taking the last four stages and the top GC spots.
Big Photos from 2012 through the first five stagesflockton/reuters
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News and Updates for Vuelta al País Vasco 2012


24 Big Photos from Stage 6colinflockton
Full/Official Stage 6 Results and Final General Classificationdiariovasco
Sanchez scoops Vuelta al Pais Vasco win with blazing time trial velonation
Sanchez wins Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco cyclingnews
Samuel Sanchezek Itzulia eta erlojupekoa irabazi ditu Oñatin eitb
24 Big Photos from Stage 6colinflockton
April 6 update: Stage 6 is a rolling ITT but not as hilly as previous years. Kudos for the race organizers for designing a stage race that ends in a ITT where the outcome is very much in doubt. Check out the top 18 on GC below to give you an idea of how wide open this race still is. See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
Stage 6 ITT Start Order and Times (CET, subtract 6 hrs for ET) — biciciclismo

Stage 5 results: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) wins a duel against Sammy Sanchez after a tough, miserable stage


29 Big Photos from Stage 5 (more photos added) — colinflockton/reuters
Rodriguez powers to stage 5 win cyclingnews
Second win for Rodriguez, who holds leadvelonation
Joaquim Rodríguez vuelve a ganar por delante de Samuel Sánchezeitb
29 Big Photos from Stage 5 (more photos added) — colinflockton/reuters
April 6 update: A mix of cat 3 and cat 2 climbs before the flat short uphill then flat finish in Oñati. Rain is forecasted. See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 4 results: As expected, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) wins the 18% finish on Alto de Ibardin and becomes the new race leader


33 Big Photos from Stage 4colinflockton
Full/Official Stage 4 Results and General Classificationdiariovasco
Rodriguez wins steep uphill battle to take stage 4 victory cyclingnews
Joaquim Rodríguez gana en Ibardin y se enfunda el maillot de lídereitb
Joaquim Rodriguez solos to Pais Vasco stage win and race lead velonation
33 Big Photos from Stage 4colinflockton
Only one dream left for Sanchez after Basque Country victory cyclingnews

April 5 update: Stage 4 is a hilly stage that ends with category 1 uphill finish (max 18%) which Katusha's Joaquin Rodriguez should win and don the race leader's jersey. The finishing Ibardin climb is actually done twice although the first pass is listed as a cat 2 since a steep section has been added for the finish. See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 3 results: Sammy Sanchez wins for the third straight year in Eibar-Arrate


18 Big Photos from Stage 3colinflockton
Full/Official Stage 3 Results and General Classificationdiariovasco
Sanchez holds off Rodriguez and Horner for stage 3 win cyclingnews
Sanchez sprints to victory on mountainous third stage velonation
Samuel Sánchez gana la etapa reina y es el nuevo lídereitb
Sánchez scores hat trick at Arrate; Horner in contention at Basque Countryvelonews
18 Big Photos from Stage 3colinflockton
More Stage 3 Photosbiciciclismo
 Brief Stage 3 Highlightsrtve.es

April 3 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 a brutal stage regardless of where it starts, Vitoria-Gasteiz this year. There are seven catgorized climbs ending with the usual Alto de Ixua, Alto de San Miguel and Alto de Usartza combination before a short, twisty descent finish which appears to have been shortened from 2.5 km to 1.5 km this year. Sammy Sanchez has won this stage the last two years (see banner photo at the top of the page). See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Last three of the seven categorized climbs:
Km. 135 Alto de Ixua (cat 1) 4,8 kms, avg 8,44%
Km. 145 Alto de San Miguel (cat 2) 4,8 kms, avg 5,63%
Km. 164 Alto de Usartza (cat 1) 5,8 kms, avg 8,44%


Stage 2 results: Daryl Impey (GreenEdge) rides off the front of the peloton with 1 km to go and holds on for the win


12 Big Photos of the finish and podium from Stage 2colinflockton
Full/Official Stage 2 Results and General Classificationdiariovasco
Impey holds off peloton for stage 2 win after last lap flier cyclingnews
Impey attacks to take Pais Vasco stage two cyclingweekly.co.uk
Daryl Impey takes Vuelta a Pais Vasco stage two with final kilometre attack velonation
Impey roba la cartera a los esprinters en Vitoriaeitb
12 Big Photos of the finish and podium from Stage 2colinflockton
More Stage 2 Photosdiariovasco
More Stage 2 Photosbiciciclismo
Stage 2 is also a bumpy stage with a bunch of cat 3 climbs before a descending then flat finish. Rain is forecasted. For more stage details, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve

Stage 1 results: Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) squeezes through for the win in Gueñes


1 Big Photos of the finish from Stage 1reuters
Spanish champion Rojas wins opening stagevelonation
Rojas wins stage 1 at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco cyclingnews
Stage 1 Photosbiciciclismo
1 Big Photos of the finish from Stage 1reuters

A bumpy stage that should end in a sprint finish although in 2009 Michael Albasini, the recent Volta a Cataluyna winner, won in Gueñes from a three man break (photo above). The former Highroad now GreenEdge rider is on the startlist again this year. For more stage details, see the stage profile, map and timetable in the race summary table (right). — Steve

2012 Tour of the Basque Country Preview


April 1 update:
Vuelta al País Vasco is sacred to cycling fans in Spain’s Basque Country (Race Preview) — velonews
Official 2012 startlist now postedsteephill
Leipheimer hit by car, out of Vuelta al Pais Vasco velonation

March 14 update: The 2012 route was officially announced last week after the event was rescued from threatened cancellation due to lack of funding which has been resolved. Stage hosts, profiles and timetables for all stages are now posted. See the race summary table (right). As usual a strong field is expected.

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 2th through Saturday, April 7thSteve

March 6 update:
Basque races rescued by Spanish bankcyclingnews
Basque Country tour and Clásica saved by final-hour sponsor velonews

February 17 update:
2012 Vuelta al Paîs Vasco looks to continue tradition of tough racing (from Nov 2011) — velonews




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En Directo: Live Video Streaming and TV Coverage

April 5 update: Your 2012 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
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Basque, restricted to Europe; the earliest daily broadcast at 15:15 CET (16:00 on Saturday for the final stage).
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Italian;
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France and Europe satellites; Tour du Pays Basque live each day at 15:45 CEST with rebroadcasts.
   delayed video (spanish)
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Spanish; Teledeporte feed; Delayed video for stage 1 at 17:45 CET and 01:00.
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North America only; Live coverage every day at 10-11:30AM ET
 live text updates Official text updates in Spanish and ticker (Google English Translation)
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2012 Vuelta al Paîs Vasco Route Map

Not available yet? Let me know if you see one. —
Steve

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