Date: 4-9 April 2022
First Edition: 1924
The Basque Country is one of cycling's most special regions, characterized every year by the passionate crowds and exciting racing. The Itzulia Basque Country is a race that has been taking place since 1924 and is one that frequently has many of the world's best stage-racers in competition due to it's timely placing in the spring.
Whilst many come here for results in a race that is usually packed with climbing-filled stages, many also come in preparation for the Ardennes Classics as this is the final stage-race before the trio of hilly classics in the Netherlands and Belgium. Despite not being a big region, it is very mountainous and holds dozens of hard climbs that vary a lot each year, always making for an exciting and fresh route.
Itzulia Basque Country final podiums:
2021 - Primoz Roglic - Jonas Vingegaard - Tadej Pogacar
2020 - Cancelled
2019 - Ion Izagirre - Dan Martin - Emanuel Buchmann
2018 - Primoz Roglic - Mikel Landa - Ion Izagirre
2017 - Alejandro Valverde - Alberto Contador - Ion Izagirre
2016 - Alberto Contador - Sergio Henao - Nairo Quintana
2015 - Joaquim Rodríguez - Sergio Henao - Ion Izagirre
2014 - Alberto Contador - Michal Kwiatkowski - Jean-Christophe Peraud
2013 - Nairo Quintana - Richie Porte - Sergio Henao
2012 - Samuel Sánchez - Joaquim Rodríguez - Bauke Mollema
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