Line-up of the starters for the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country (April 3-8)

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The latest WorldTour stage race, the Tour of the Basque Country, begins on April 3 and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) could become the race’s record winner.

The six-stage race, which also goes by the Spanish name of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, is characterised by hills and mountains, so it is no surprise that their is a paucity of sprinters on the startlist.

Instead, the field is replete with climbers and personnel aiming for general classification success. Contador, a four-time winner and the 2016 victor, has raced four stage races this year and finished second three times.

His main rivals will be Volta a Catalunya winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Paris-Nice victor Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Orica-Scott pair Simon Yates and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale).

Tour of the Basque Country 2017 start list

Trek-Segafredo

1 CONTADOR Alberto
2 BERNARD Julien
3 CARDOSO André
4 DIDIER Laurent
5 GUERREIRO Ruben
6 HERNÁNDEZ Jesús
7 IRIZAR Markel
8 ZUBELDIA Haimar

AG2R La Mondiale

11 BARDET Romain
12 BÉRARD Julien
13 CHÉREL Mickaël
14 CHEVRIER Clément
15 DUPONT Hubert
16 JAUREGUI Quentin
17 MONTAGUTI Matteo
18 VUILLERMOZ Alexis

Astana

21 SANCHEZ Luis Leon
22 BILBAO Pello
23 CHERNETCKII Sergei
24 FUGLSANG Jakob
25 STALNOV Nikita
26 KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar
27 LUTSENKO Alexey
28 VALGREN Michael

Bahrain Merida

31 IZAGIRRE Ion
32 ARASHIRO Yukiya
33 BOLE Grega
34 CINK Ondrej
35 GRMAY Tsgabu
36 NIBALI Antonio
37 BRAJKOVIC Janez
38 VISCONTI Giovanni

BMC Racing

41 SÁNCHEZ Samuel
42 CARUSO Damiano
43 DE MARCHI Alessandro
44 MOINARD Amaël
45 ROCHE Nicolas
46 THEUNS Dylan
47 VLIEGEN Loïc
48 WYSS Danilo

Bora-Hansgrohe

51 BENNETT Sam
52 BENEDETTI Cesare
53 BUCHMANN Emanuel
54 HERKLOTZ Silvio
55 KONRAD Patrick
56 MCCARTHY Jay
57 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
58 SCHWARZMANN Michael

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

61 PARDILLA Sergio
62 ARANBURU Alex
63 FERRARI Fabricio
64 LASTRA Jonathan
65 MAS Lluís Guillermo
66 REIS Rafael
67 ROSON Jaime
68 IRISARRI Jon

Cannondale-Drapac

71 URAN Rigoberto
72 BROWN Nathan
73 CLARKE Simon
74 CRADDOCK Lawson
75 HOWES Alex
76 SKUJIŅŠ Toms
77 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
78 TALANSKY Andrew

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

81 NAVARRO Daniel
82 BAGOT Yoann
83 BONNAFOND Guillaume
84 LE TURNIER Matthias
85 EDET Nicolas
86 MATÉ Luis Ángel
87 PEREZ Anthony
88 ROSSETTO Stephane

FDJ

91 MOLARD Rudy
92 COURTEILLE Arnaud
93 EIKING Odd Christian
94 PINEAU Cédric
95 ROUX Anthony
96 ROY Jérémy
97 VAUGRENARD Benoit
98 VINCENT Léo

Lotto-Soudal

101 WELLENS Tim
102 DE BIE Sean
103 ARMÉE Sander
104 MONFORT Maxime
105 VALLS Rafael
106 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
107 VANENDERT Jelle
108 VERVAEKE Louis

Movistar

111 VALVERDE Alejandro
112 DE LA PARTE Víctor
113 FERNÁNDEZ Rubén
114 IZAGIRRE Gorka
115 PEDRERO Antonio
116 HERRADA José
117 MORENO Daniel
118 SUTHERLAND Rory

Orica-Scott

121 YATES Simon
122 ALBASINI Michael
123 POWER Robert
124 GERRANS Simon
125 HAIG Jack
126 KREUZIGER Roman
127 PLAZA Rubén
128 VERONA Carlos

Quick-Step Floors

131 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
132 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
133 CAPECCHI Eros
134 DE LA CRUZ David
135 DEVENYNS Dries
136 MAS Enric
137 VELITS Martin
138 RICHEZE Ariel Maximillano

Dimension Data

141 CUMMINGS Stephen
142 ANTON Igor
143 FRAILE Omar
144 KING Benjamin
145 KUDUS Merhawi
146 MORTON Lachlan
147 NIYONSHUTI Adrien
148 PAUWELS Serge

Katusha-Alpecin

151 ŠPILAK Simon
152 BELKOV Maxim
153 KISERLOVSKI Robert
154 LAMMERTINK Maurits
155 MACHADO Tiago
156 MAMYKIN Matvey
157 RESTREPO Jhonatan
158 VICIOSO Ángel

LottoNL-Jumbo

161 ROGLIČ Primož
162 BATTAGLIN Enrico
163 BENNETT George
164 DE TIER Floris
165 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
166 LOBATO Juan José
167 MARTENS Paul
168 TOLHOEK Antwan

Team Sky

171 HENAO Sergio Luis
172 LOPEZ David
173 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
174 GOLAS Michal
175 HENAO Sebastián
176 KIRYIENKA Vasil
177 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
178 NIEVE Mikel

Team Sunweb

181 BARGUIL Warren
182 FRÖHLINGER Johannes
183 GESCHKE Simon
184 HAMILTON Chris
185 PREIDLER Georg
186 MATTHEWS Michael
187 OOMEN Sam
188 TEN DAM Laurens

UAE Team Emirates

191 ULISSI Diego
192 ATAPUMA John Darwin
193 MEINTJES Louis
194 MOHORIC Matej
195 MORI Manuele
196 PETILLI Simone
197 RAVASI Edward
198 SWIFT Ben