Details about Itzulia 2022 are being known

The Cycling Tour of the Basque Country will be held between April 4 and 9 on the roads of Euskadi and Navarra. If the conditions of the pandemic allow it, the best riders of the peloton will meet again in the Itzulia stages. Little by little details about the route of the race are being known.

On the first day there will be a individual time trial in Hondarribia (Guipúzcoa). In this way, it is ruled out to do the time trial on the last day in Eibar, as had been customary in some editions. The second appointment will also touch Guipuzcoan roads. The route through the Biscayne remains to be confirmed.

The Alava stage will be between Llodio and Amurrio, in the opposite direction to the one that took place last year. In 2021 it left Amurrio and ended in the hermitage of Santa María del Yermo. It was a fabulous duel between Roglic and Pogaçar with a ramp that moved around 20% unevenness. It was already announced then that, for this year, a similar route would be made but in the opposite direction.

Another novelty will be the return to the Navarran highways, something that had not happened since 2019, when Gorraiz was reached. In previous editions, an individual time trial had also taken place in the Lodosa area. The desire to enter French territory, Iparralde, is still in question Because, as the pandemic evolves, it is difficult to cross the border.

The Tour of the Basque Country will end in Eibar. It remains to be confirmed whether in Alto de Arrate or in the urban area. Julián Eraso is the president of the society that organizes this event and belongs to the armera village. Little by little, this city has been gaining more prominence since those responsible for the organization of Euskal Bizikleta joined those of La Itzulia and La Clásica de San Sebastián.

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In the coming weeks, details of the stages, the routes, the mileage will be given and, surely, the identity of some runners who put Itzulia on their calendar will be transcended. It is a test on privileged dates and usually fits in many calendars of the great stars of the peloton.

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