Favorites stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2022 | Goat trails with bizarre percentages

Also on day three it is again characteristically Basque difficult in the Tour of the Basque Country. Steep climbs and descents follow each other in what can be an exciting ride. In the leader’s jersey looked at it extensively.

Route stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2022

The third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country is the toughest for now. The ride is almost 182 kilometers long in total and there are 3300 vertical meters to be conquered, which are spread evenly over the ride. However, in the last sixty kilometers in succession a few steep climbs have to be contested, which could well write the story of this stage.

This is done by means of two local rounds, in which the very steep climb to Opellora lies. Only one kilometer long, but with an average gradient of thirteen percent it is very difficult, after a short descent the Ozeka hill follows. That is one of 3.6 kilometers long at 7.4 percent.

After it has been conquered for the last time, it descends to the last ten kilometers. Then there is another pimple, before the last descending line (typically Basque) is started towards the finish place Amurrio.

Opellora’s steep country road that has to be climbed twice.

Start: 12.57 pm
Finish: 5.30 pm

Weather stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2022

Those riders in the Basque Country have nothing to complain about. The weather will also be fine on Wednesday, in contrast to the Low Countries. 15 degrees, sunshine, light wind; nothing more to do, we would say!

Favorites stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2022

The classification riders and punchers will normally have to get out of their room for the first time anyway. Such a chaotic ride was made on paper for Julian Alaphilippe† The Frenchman can handle the steep percentages both uphill and downhill and usually also has a vicious sprint at the finish.

It’s on then Primoz Roglici and Jonas Vingegaard to follow the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl rider, as team mate Remco Evenepoel will LouLou don’t just go back. Possibly other fast men like Alessandro CovicDiego Ulissi or Sergio Higuita can take advantage of that.

Pierre Latour also showed to be in very good shape. The Frenchman has shown himself on every hill so far this season and will probably continue that line in this stage. Also his compatriot David Gaudu this should be possible, although it is not entirely clear where the Groupama-FDJ rider is physically now.

Favorites stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country 2022 |  Goat paths with bizarre percentages
Pierre Latour in the opening time trial

INEOS Grenadiers has with Ben TulettGeraint Thomas, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Adam Yates and Carlos Rodriguez then again several irons in the fire for such a final. That is not the case with Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech), who will have to solve it himself. Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education) can then form a nice duo with Mark Padun or Rigoberto Urán.

Finally, the Basques, which you should always keep an eye on in your own region. Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) for example, but certainly also Pello Bilbao from Bahrain Victorious. He often has the nose for the right moment and has excellent descending qualities.

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