2015 Tour of the Basque Country
The 2015 Tour of the Basque Country was the 55th edition of the Tour of the Basque Country stage race. It took place from 6 to 11 April and was the ninth race of the 2015 UCI World Tour. The race was won by Joaquim Rodríguez.
|2015 UCI World Tour, race 9 of 28|
|Dates||6–11 April 2015|
|Winning time||21hr 49' 38"|
|1||6 April||Bilbao to Bilbao||162.7 km (101 mi)||Intermediate stage||Michael Matthews (AUS)|
|2||7 April||Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz||175.4 km (109 mi)||Intermediate stage||Fabio Felline (ITA)|
|3||8 April||Vitoria-Gasteiz to Zumarraga||170.7 km (106 mi)||Intermediate stage||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)|
|4||9 April||Zumarraga to Arrate (Eibar)||162.2 km (101 mi)||Mountain stage||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)|
|5||10 April||Eibar to Aia||155.5 km (97 mi)||Intermediate stage||Mikel Landa (ESP)|
|6||11 April||Aia to Aia||18.3 km (11 mi)||Individual time trial||Tom Dumoulin (NED)|
As the Tour of the Basque Country is a UCI World Tour event, all 17 UCI WorldTeams were invited automatically and were obliged to send a squad. Two Professional Continental teams received wildcard invitations.
UCI Professional Continental teams
- 6 April 2015 - Bilbao to Bilbao, 162.7 km (101.1 mi)
|1||Michael Matthews (AUS)||Orica–GreenEDGE||3hr 57' 07"|
|2||Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)||Etixx–Quick-Step||+0"|
|3||Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)||Team Katusha||+0"|
|4||Kévin Réza (FRA)||FDJ||+0"|
|5||Tony Gallopin (FRA)||Lotto–Soudal||+0"|
|6||Julien Simon (FRA)||Cofidis||+0"|
|7||Fabio Felline (ITA)||Trek Factory Racing||+0"|
|8||Valerio Agnoli (ITA)||Astana||+0"|
|9||Petr Vakoč (CZE)||Etixx–Quick-Step||+0"|
|10||Daniel Moreno (ESP)||Team Katusha||+0"|
11 April – Aia 18.3 km (11.4 mi)
Classification leadership tableEdit
In the Tour of the Basque Country, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, the leader received a yellow jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Tour, and the winner of the classification was the winner of the race.
Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a white jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 25 points, second place earned 20 points, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a red jersey with white dots. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.
The fourth jersey represented the sprints classification, marked by a blue jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 3 at intermediate sprint points during each stage, with the exception of the final individual time trial stage. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.
|1||Michael Matthews||Michael Matthews||Michael Matthews||Omar Fraile||Omar Fraile||Etixx–Quick-Step|
|2||Fabio Felline||Amets Txurruka||Louis Vervaeke|
|3||Joaquim Rodríguez||Sergio Henao||Michał Kwiatkowski||Omar Fraile||Omar Fraile||Team Katusha|
|5||Mikel Landa||Joaquim Rodríguez||Louis Vervaeke|
|6||Tom Dumoulin||Joaquim Rodríguez|
||Joaquim Rodríguez||Joaquim Rodríguez||Omar Fraile||Louis Vervaeke||Team Katusha|