First Pogacar-Roglic pulse

Ion Izagirre defends the reign in a stellar edition that starts today in Bilbao, after last year's hiatus due to COVID. Landa, to be a prophet in his land.


The Vuelta al País Vasco returns after last year's absence due to COVID with a pulse of luxury, the first this season, between the Slovenians Pogacar and Roglic, a reissue of their spectacular heads-up on the 2020 Tour. An appointment with a lot of mountains and both monopolize the interest, but it is not advisable to neglect Ion Izagirre's desire to repeat the 2019 triumph or the always interesting desire of Mikel Landa to be a prophet in his land.

As usual, the Itzulia arrives with a luxury grid, with six days that will take the race to the goals of Bilbao, Sestao, Ermualde, Hondarribia, Ondarroa and Arrate. There are two high finals, on Tuesday and the closing on Saturday. The race opens today with a time trial in Bilbao, which opens the general adventure over 800 kilometers of route with a total of 22 scoring highs, five from First. The initial 13.9 kilometer individual fight comprises a short and explosive climb to Alto de Santo Domingo.

Exciting surprises are expected every day thanks to the upward ramps near the finishes on all stages, including the fifth, on Friday, with an ascent 20 km from the finish. The resolution remains for the classic final battle near Eibar, on the slopes of Arrate (4.6 kilometers at almost 9 percent on average) .

On the starting line are the 19 UCI WorldTour teams, including Movistar, who arrive with the enormous satisfaction of the triumph of the eternal Valverde on Saturday at the Miguel Indurain GP. Enric Mas, always aspiring to everything, suffered a fall without consequences, which will not prevent him from leaving today in Euskadi. The entire national ProTeam squad will also start: Caja Rural, Burgos BH, Ken Pharma and a Euskaltel-Euskadi that continues with its dream of returning orange on national and European roads. The new direction that the telephone company has taken, with the MásMóvil takeover bid, has brought some uncertainty.

Among the candidates, the recent winner of the Tour of Catalonia, Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers), also makes his way. The Ertzaintza has asked the fans to follow the race from their homes, given the health situation.

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