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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.[1][2] The race was won by Joaquim Rodríguez.

2015 Tour of the Basque Country
2015 UCI World Tour, race 9 of 28
Race details
Dates6–11 April 2015
Stages6
Winning time21hr 49' 38"
Results
Winner  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)
  Second  Sergio Henao (COL) (Team Sky)
  Third  Jon Izagirre (ESP) (Movistar Team)

Points  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)
Mountains  Omar Fraile (ESP) (Caja Rural–Seguros RGA)
Sprints  Louis Vervaeke (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Team Team Katusha
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Contents

ScheduleEdit

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)

TeamsEdit

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 WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

6 April 2015 - Bilbao to Bilbao, 162.7 km (101.1 mi)
Result of stage 1 and general classification
Rank Rider Team Time
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"
Source: ProCyclingStats

Stage 2Edit

7 April – BilbaoVitoria-Gasteiz (175.4 km (109.0 mi)

Result of stage 2
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing 4hr 32' 32"
2   Michael Matthews (AUS)    Orica–GreenEDGE +0"
3   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal +0"
4   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step +0"
5   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team +0"
6   Kévin Réza (FRA) FDJ +0"
7   Julien Simon (FRA) Cofidis +0"
8   Pello Bilbao (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA +0"
9   Valerio Agnoli (ITA) Astana +0"
10   Gianni Meersman (BEL) Etixx–Quick-Step +0"
Source: ProCyclingStats
General classification after stage 2
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Michael Matthews (AUS)    Orica–GreenEDGE 8hr 29' 39"
2   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step +0"
3   Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing +0"
4   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal +0"
5   Kévin Réza (FRA) FDJ +0"
6   Julien Simon (FRA) Cofidis +0"
7   Valerio Agnoli (ITA) Astana +0"
8   Pello Bilbao (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA +0"
9   Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha +0"
10   Petr Vakoč (CZE) Etixx–Quick-Step +0"
Source: ProCyclingStats

Stage 3Edit

8 April – Vitoria-GasteizZumarraga 170.7 km (106.1 mi)

Result of stage 3
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 4hr 39' 02"
2   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky +0"
3   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +0"
4   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step +7"
5   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo +7"
6   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +7"
7   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) BMC Racing Team +7"
8   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +10"
9   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha +10"
10   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +10"
Source: ProCyclingStats
General classification after stage 3
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky 13hr 08' 41"
2   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha +0"
3   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +0"
4   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Etixx–Quick-Step +7"
5   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) BMC Racing Team +7"
6   Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo +7"
7   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +7"
8   Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha +10"
9   Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +10"
10   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +10"
Source: ProCyclingStats

Stage 4Edit

9 April – ZumarragaEibar (Arrate) 162.2 km (100.8 mi)

Result of stage 4
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 4hr 05' 10"
2   Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek Factory Racing +0"
3   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +0"
4   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +0"
5   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky +0"
6   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +0"
7   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +0"
8   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +0"
9   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida +0"
10   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ +0"
Source: ProCyclingStats
General classification after stage 4
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky 17hr 13' 51"
2   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha +0"
3   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +0"
4   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +7"
5   Bauke Mollema (NED) Trek Factory Racing +10"
6   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +10"
7   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +10"
8   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +10"
9   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +10"
10   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha +10"
Source: ProCyclingStats

Stage 5Edit

10 April – EibarAia 155.5 km (96.6 mi)

Result of stage 5
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Mikel Landa (ESP) Astana 4hr 06' 01"
2   Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal +3"
3   Tom Danielson (USA) Cannondale–Garmin +16"
4   Rein Taaramäe (EST) Astana +28"
5   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal +38"
6   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +53"
7   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky +56"
8   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha +56"
9   Tom Jelte Slagter (NED) Cannondale–Garmin +1'05"
10   Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +1'06"
Source: ProCyclingStats
General classification after stage 5
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky 21hr 20' 48"
2   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)   Team Katusha +0"
3   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +7"
4   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +12"
5   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +22"
6   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha +22"
7   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +28"
8   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +28"
9   Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +36"
10   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ +36"
Source: ProCyclingStats

Stage 6Edit

11 April – Aia 18.3 km (11.4 mi)

Result of stage 6
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant–Alpecin 28' 46"
2   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)   Team Katusha +4"
3   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +5"
4   Sergio Henao (COL)   Team Sky +17"
5   Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team +21"
6   Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing +23"
7   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +30"
8   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida +34"
9   Rein Taaramäe (EST) Astana +36"
10   Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step +37"
Source: ProCyclingStats
General classification after stage 6
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)    Team Katusha 21hr 49' 38"
2   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky +13"
3   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +29"
4   Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +38"
5   Simon Yates (GBR) Orica–GreenEDGE +46"
6   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana +1' 06"
7   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida +1' 14"
8   Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step +1' 15"
9   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +1' 25"
10   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ +1' 33"
Source: ProCyclingStats

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.

Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Sprints classification
 
Teams classification
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
4
5 Mikel Landa Joaquim Rodríguez Louis Vervaeke
6 Tom Dumoulin Joaquim Rodríguez
Final
Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Omar Fraile Louis Vervaeke Team Katusha

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UCI confirm WorldTour Calendar 2015". Cycling News. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 UCI Calendar". UCI. Retrieved 4 January 2015.