Euskal Bizikleta (Spanish: Bicicleta Vasca, English: Basque Bicycle) was an annual cycling stage race held in the Basque Country in June. From 2005 to 2008, the race was organized as a 2.HC event on the UCI Europe Tour. In 2009, it was merged with the Tour of the Basque Country.[1]

Euskal Bizikleta
Euskal Bizikleta 2007 logo.jpg
DateEarly-June
RegionBasque Country, Spain
English nameBasque Bicycle
Local name(s)Euskal Bizikleta Kirol Elkartea (in Basque)
Bicicleta Vasca (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
First edition1991 (1991)
Editions18 (as of 2008)
First winner Louis Caput (FRA)
Most recent Eros Capecchi (ITA)

The first race was held in 1952, but it has only been called Euskal Bizikleta since 1991. The first winner (1952) was Louis Caput from France. The first winner of the 'modern' Euskal Bizikleta (1991) was Gianni Bugno. The most recent edition (2008) was won by Eros Capecchi from Italy.

WinnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1952   France Louis Caput
1953   France Louis Caput
1954   Spain José Serra Gil
1955   Spain José Escolano
1956   Spain Jesus Lorono
1957   Spain Antonio Barrutia
1958   Spain Jesus Lorono
1959   Spain Antonio Bertran
1960   Spain Benigno Aspuru
1961   Spain Antonio Karmany
1962   Germany Rolf Wolfshohl
1963   Spain Juan José Sagarduy
1964   Spain Carlos Echeverría
1965   Spain Sebastian Elorza
1966   Spain Eusebio Vélez
1967   Spain Carlos Echeverría
1968   Spain José Maria Errandonea Urtizberea
1987   Spain Marino Lejarreta Arrizabalaga
1988   Spain Jokin Mujika
1989   Spain Federico Echave Musatadi
1990   France Thierry Claveyrolat
1991   Italy Gianni Bugno
1992   Italy Franco Chioccioli
1993   Latvia Piotr Ugrumov
1994   Italy Stefano Della Santa
1995   Russia Eugeni Berzin
1996   Spain Miguel Indurain
1997   Spain Abraham Olano
1998   Spain Abraham Olano
1999   Spain David Etxebarría
2000   Spain Haimar Zubeldia
2001   Spain Juan Carlos Domínguez
2002   Spain Mikel Zarrabeitia
2003   Spain José Antonio Pecharromán
2004   Spain Roberto Heras
2005   Spain Eladio Jiménez
2006   Spain Koldo Gil
2007   Spain Constantino Zaballa
2008   Italy Eros Capecchi

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