Tour of the Basque Country

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Tour of the Basque Country
2014 Tour of the Basque Country
Tour of the Basque Country logo.svg
Race details
Date Early-April
Region Basque Country
English name Tour of the Basque Country
Local name(s)
  • Vuelta al País Vasco (Spanish)
  • Euskal Herriko itzulia (Basque)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type Stage race
History
First edition 1924 (1924)
Editions 54 (as of 2014)
First winner  Francis Pélissier (FRA)
Most wins  José Antonio González (ESP) (4 wins)
Most recent  Alberto Contador (ESP)

The Tour of the Basque Country (Spanish: Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Basque: Euskal Herriko Itzulia) is an annual cycling stage race held in the Basque Country, Spain, in April.

The first race was held in 1924, but between 1935 and 1969 the race was not held. However, between 1939 and 1969, similar races were organised. The race is mentioned and described in Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises. It is one of 24 races that make up the UCI World Ranking calendar.

The first winner was Francis Pélissier from France. The first winner of the 'modern' Tour of the Basque Country (1969) was Jacques Anquetil. The most successful rider in the Tour of the Basque Country was José Antonio González Linares, who won the race four times in 1972, 1975, 1977 and 1978. The most recent edition (2014) was won by Spain's Alberto Contador, his third win in the race.

Because the Basque Country is a mountainous area, there are hardly any flat stages, and the event's winners therefore tend to be good climbers. Most climbs in the Tour of the Basque Country are not high, but often they are quite steep.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1924 France Pelissier, FrancisFrancis Pélissier (FRA)
1925 Belgium Verdyck, AugusteAuguste Verdyck (BEL)
1926 Luxembourg Frantz, NicolasNicolas Frantz (LUX)
1927 France Fontan, VictorVictor Fontan (FRA)
1928 Belgium De Waele, MauriceMaurice De Waele (BEL)
1929 Belgium De Waele, MauriceMaurice De Waele (BEL)
1930 Spain Canardo, MarianoMariano Cañardo (ESP)
1931–
1934
No race
1935 Italy Bartali, GinoGino Bartali (ITA)
1936–
1968
No race
1969 France Anquetil, JacquesJacques Anquetil (FRA)
1970 Spain Santamarina, Luis PedroLuis Pedro Santamarina (ESP)
1971 Spain Ocana, LuisLuis Ocaña (ESP)
1972 Spain Gonzalez, Jose AntonioJosé Antonio González (ESP)
1973 Spain Ocana, LuisLuis Ocaña (ESP)
1974 Spain Lasa, Miguel MaríaMiguel María Lasa (ESP)
1975 Spain Gonzalez, Jose AntonioJosé Antonio González (ESP)
1976 Italy Baronchelli, GianbattistaGianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
1977 Spain Gonzalez, Jose AntonioJosé Antonio González (ESP)
1978 Spain Gonzalez, Jose AntonioJosé Antonio González (ESP)
1979 Italy Battaglin, GiovanniGiovanni Battaglin (ITA)
1980 Spain Fernandez, AlbertoAlberto Fernández (ESP)
1981 Italy Contini, SilvanoSilvano Contini (ITA)
1982 Spain Laguia, Jose LuisJosé Luis Laguía (ESP)
1983 Spain Gorospe, JuliánJulián Gorospe (ESP)
1984 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL)
1985 Spain Ruiz Cabestany, PelloPello Ruiz Cabestany (ESP)
1986 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL)
1987 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL)
1988 Netherlands Breukink, ErikErik Breukink (NED)
1989 Republic of Ireland Roche, StephenStephen Roche (IRL)
1990 Spain Gorospe, JuliánJulián Gorospe (ESP)
1991 Italy Chiappucci, ClaudioClaudio Chiappucci (ITA)
1992 Switzerland Rominger, TonyTony Rominger (SUI)
1993 Switzerland Rominger, TonyTony Rominger (SUI)
1994 Switzerland Rominger, TonyTony Rominger (SUI) Mapei-CLAS
1995 Switzerland Zulle, AlexAlex Zülle (SUI) ONCE
1996 Italy Casagrande, FrancescoFrancesco Casagrande (ITA) Saeco-AS Juvenes San Marino
1997 Switzerland Zulle, AlexAlex Zülle (SUI) ONCE
1998 Spain Cuesta, InigoÍñigo Cuesta (ESP) ONCE
1999 France Jalabert, LaurentLaurent Jalabert (FRA) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
2000 Germany Kloden, AndreasAndreas Klöden (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Lithuania Rumsas, RaimondasRaimondas Rumšas (LTU) Fassa Bortolo
2002 Spain Osa, AitorAitor Osa (ESP) iBanesto.com
2003 Spain Mayo, IbanIban Mayo (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi
2004 Russia Menchov, DenisDenis Menchov (RUS) Illes Balears-Banesto
2005 Italy Di Luca, DaniloDanilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi
2006 Spain Gomez Merchante, Jose AngelJosé Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir
2007 Spain Cobo, Juan JoseJuan José Cobo (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir
2008 Spain Contador, AlbertoAlberto Contador (ESP) Astana
2009 Spain Contador, AlbertoAlberto Contador (ESP) Astana
2010 United States Horner, ChrisChris Horner (USA) Team RadioShack
2011 Germany Klöden, AndreasAndreas Klöden (GER) Team RadioShack
2012 Spain Sánchez, SamuelSamuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi
2013 Colombia Quintana, NairoNairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team
2014 Spain Contador, AlbertoAlberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo

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