After Catalunya we onto the Basque Country! Starts off with a 13km very hilly ITT, and the rest of stages are no different. As is usual the climbs here are usually shorter, but very steep 10-15% or even more.

Notable GC mentions: Roglic, Pogacar, Adam Yates, Valverde, Schachmann, Esteban Chaves, Carapaz, Fuglsang, Landa, Geoghegan Hart, Keldermann, Woods, Uran
Notable sprinters: Magnus Cort

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/itzulia-basque-country/2021/gc/overview
https://www.itzulia.eus/





Live video stream available on Eurosport/GCN.



Full startlist: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/itzulia-basque-country/2021/gc/startlist/startlist
 
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Stage 1 (ITT)»Bilbao›Bilbao(13.89k)



Stage 2»Zalla›Sestao(154.8k)



Stage 3»Amurrio›Ermualde (Laudio)(167.7k)



Stage 4»Vitoria-Gasteiz›Hondarribia(189.2k)



Stage 5»Hondarribia›Ondarroa(160.2k)



Stage 6 (Final)»Ondarroa›Arrate (Eibar)(111.9k)

 
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Some monster stuff here.








(Krabelin is just the side of Arrate they climbed in the ITT a few years ago, they then descend the side they will climb later, before turning right to Ixua. It's very similar to the stage a couple of years ago when they climbed the hormigón road, then descended but only gave the points at Ixua, only this time rather than climbing parallel to the road later taken for the finish, they're legimitately climbing through the finish backwards).
 
Thermonuclear.

P.S. TJV roster not the strongest one, most likely Ineos or less likely UAE could try to control the race. Still i feel this might end up being a more open race. Roglič, Pogačar and Yates being there, some power play exhibitions and mano a mano fighting almost guaranteed. This should be a nice race to watch and i am looking forward to that.
 

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