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Tour of the Basque Country 2021 start list

The Tour of the Basque Country – or Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco – begins on April 5 with a strong line-up of riders. Due to the Covid-19 the race did not take place in 2020 but is back for 2021 and has attracted some of the biggest names.

The six-stage WorldTour race is characterised by hills and mountains, so it is no surprise that there is a lack of sprinters on the start list.

Instead, the field is replete with climbers aiming for general classification success with defending champion Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) looking to defend his title.

Another former winner attending is Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) who will be looking to get an overall victory after missing out at Paris-Nice due to crashing on the final stage.

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Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) is also starting making this race the first time the two great Slovenians go head-to-head. Pogačar has won both of the stage races he has taken part in as well as a top ten at Strade Bianche.

Emauel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who finished third in the last edition back in 2019, is also hoping to do similar or better this year.

Ineos Grenadiers have yet to send out their line-up but they are expected to be fielding on-form Brit, Adam Yates as well as the last two Giro d’Italia winners Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz.

Other top names on the list include Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech), Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo), Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious).

Tour of the Basque Country 2021 start list

Astana-Premier Tech

FUGLSANG Jakob
RODRÍguez Óscar
FRAILE Omar
DE BOD Stefan
IZAGIRRE Ion
ARANBURU Alex
SÁNCHEZ Luis León

Movistar Team

MAS Enric
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
CARRETERO Héctor
VALVERDE Alejandro
ROJAS José Joaquín
ARCAS Jorge
VERONA Carlos

Bahrain Victorious

LANDA Mikel
BILBAO Pello
ARASHIRO Yukiya
PADUN Mark
MÄDER Gino
VALLS Rafael
CAPECCHI Eros

Bora-Hansgrohe

BUCHMANN Emanuel
BENEDETTI Cesare
KONRAD Patrick
KELDERMAN Wilco
SCHELLING Ide
ALEOTTI Giovanni
SCHACHMANN Maximilian

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

CATTANEO Mattia
ČERNY Josef
VANSEVENANT Mauri
HONORÉ Mikkel Frølich
SERRY Pieter
GARRISON Ian

Ag2r-Citroën Team

COSNEFROY Benoît
O’CONNOR Ben
CALMEJANE Lilian
FRANK Mathias
WARBASSE Larry
PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
PRODHOMME Nicolas

Lotto-Soudal

KRON Andreas
DE GENDT Thomas
HOLMES Matthew
CRAS Steff
MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz
OLDANI Stefano
CONCA Filippo

Israel Start-Up Nation

WOODS Michael
HERMANS Ben
IMPEY Daryl
NEILANDS Krists
PICCOLI James
CATAFORD Alexander
NIV Guy

Ineos Grenadiers

YATES Adam
CARAPAZ Richard
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
DE PLUS Laurens
GOŁAŚ Michał
DUNBAR Eddie
AMADOR Andrey

Team BikeExchange

CHAVES Esteban
JUUL-JENSEN Chris
SMITH Dion
HOWSON Damien
NIEVE Mikel
SCHULTZ Nick
BOOKWALTER Brent

UAE Team Emirates

POGAČAR Tadej
COSTA Rui
MAJKA Rafał
HIRSCHI Marc
CONTI Valerio
POLANC Jan
COVI Alessandro

EF Education-Nippo

HIGUITA Sergio
URÁN Rigoberto
CARTHY Hugh
CAICEDO Jonathan Klever
CORT Magnus
HOWES Alex
CAMARGO Diego Andrés

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

EIKING Odd Christian
ZIMMERMANN Georg
BELLICAUD Jeremy
DEVRIENDT Tom
LAMMERTINK Maurits
HERMANS Quinten
EVANS Alexander

Team Qhubeka-Assos

ARU Fabio
CLARKE Simon
HENAO Sergio Luis
LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
BENNETT Sean
SCHMID Mauro
SUNDERLAND Dylan

Groupama-FDJ

BRUNEL Alexys
ARMIRAIL Bruno
GAUDU David
LADAGNOUS Metthieu
VAN DEN BERG Lars
SEIGLE Romain
SCOTSON Miles

Team DSM

LEKNESSUND Andreas
VAN WILDER Ilan
GALL Felix
HAGA Chad
DONOVAN Mark
TUSVELD Martijn
COMBAUD Romain

Team Jumbo-Visma

ROGLIČ Primož
OOMEN Sam
FOSS Tobias
TOLHOEK Antwan
HARPER Chris
HOFSTEDE Lennard
VINGEGAARD Jonas

Trek-Segafredo

MOLLEMA Bauke
BERNARD Julien
CONCI Nicola
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
KAMP Alexander
SKUJIŅŠ Toms
EG Niklas

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

HERRADA Jesús
HERRADA José
MARTIN Guillaume
GESCHKE Simon
BARCELÓ Fernando
FERNÁNDEZ Rubén
PEREZ Anthony

Euskaltel-Euskadi

BIZKARRA Mikel
CUADRADO Unai
MATÉ Luis Ángel
ITURRIA Mikel
ARISTI Mikel
JUARISTI Txomin
MARTÍN Gotzon

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

CEPEDA Jefferson Alvaro
AMEZQUETA Julen
LAZKANO Oier
BAGÜES Aritz
LASTRA Jonathan
MURGUIALDAY Jokin
IRISARRI Jon

Equipo Kern Pharma

GALVÁN Francisco
MENDEZ Daniel Alejandro
BERRADE Urko
RUIZ Ibon
MARQUEZ Marti
CASTRILLO Jaime
ADRIÀ Roger

Burgos-BH

MADRAZO Ángel
BOL Jetse
ÁVILA Edwin
MOLENAAR Alex
EZQUERRA Jesús
CABEDO Óscar
OKAMIKA Ander

Total Direct Energie

LATOUR Pierre
DE LA PARTE Víctor
DOUBEY Fabian
BURGAUDEAU Mathieu
RODRÍGUEZ Cristián
SIMON Julien
FERRON Valentin

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