Provisional line-up of the starters for the 2018 Tour of the Basque Country (April 2-7)

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The Tour of the Basque Country – or Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco – begins on April 2 with a strong line-up of riders.

The six-stage WorldTour race is characterised by hills and mountains, so it is no surprise that there is a lack of sprinters on the start list.

Instead, the field is replete with climbers aiming for general classification success – although 2017 champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is absent this year.

Instead, Movistar will field new signing Mikel Landa as its race leader, with fellow Grand Tour star Nairo Quintana also in attendance.

Their main rivals will be Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had been named on the provisional start list, but he fractured his pelvis in a crash during a crash in Volta a Catalunya and is recovering.



Tour of the Basque Country 2018 start list

Movistar

1 LANDA, Mikel
2 ANACONA, Winner Andrew
3 BETANCUR, Carlos Alberto
4 DE LA PARTE, Victor
5 QUINTANA, Nairo Alexander
6 ROJAS, José Joaquín
7 VALLS, Rafael

Ag2r La Mondiale

11 BARDET, Romain
12 DUPONT, Hubert
12 GASTAUER, Ben
14 GAUTIER, Cyril
15 LATOUR, Pierre
16 BAKELANTS, Jan
17 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis

Astana

21 BILBAO, Pello
22 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos
23 CATALDO, Dario
24 CHERNETSKI Sergei
25 FRAILE, Omar
26 HANSEN, Jesper
27 MOSER, Moreno

Bahrain-Merida

31 NIBALI, Vincenzo
32 ARASHIRO Yukiya
33 IZAGIRRE, Gorka
34 IZAGIRRE, Ion
35 PADUN, Mark
36 PELLIZZOTTI, Franco
37 PERNSTEINER, Hermann

BMC Racing Team

41 PORTE, Richie
42 BEVIN Patrick
43 CARUSO, Damiano
44 DE MARCHI, Alessandro
45 GERRANS, Simon
46 TEUNS, Dylan
47 WYSS, Danilo

Bora-Hansgrohe

51 PÖSTLBERGER, Lukas
52 BENEDETTI, Cesare
53 BUCHMANN, Emanuel
54 GROßSCHARTNER, Felix
55 KONRAD, Patrick
56 McCARTHY, Jay
57 MÜHLBERGER, Gregor

Burgos-BH

61 SIMON, Jordi
62 CABEDO, Oscar
63 EZQUERRA, Jesús
64 MAMYKIN, Matvey
65 MERINO, Igor
66 SALAS, Ibai
67 TORRES, Pablo

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

71 PARDILLA, Sergio
72 AMEZQUETA, Julen
73 ARANBURU, Alexander
74 IRISARRI, Jon
75 LASTRA, Jonathan
76 MAS, Lluis Guillermo
77 SOTO, Nelson Andres

Cofidis

81 HERRADA, Jesus
82 EDET, Nicolas
83 HERRADA, Jose
84 MATE, Luis Ángel
85 NAVARRO, Daniel
86 PEREZ, Anthony
87 TEKLEHAIMANOT, Daniel

Euskadi Basque Country-Murias

91 PRADES, Eduardo
92 BAGÜES, Aritz
93 BARCELO, Fernando
94 BIZKARRA, Mikel
95 BRAVO, Garikoitz
96 GONZALEZ, Aitor
97 SANZ, Enrique

Groupama-FDJ

101 MOLARD, Rudy
102 ARMIRAIL, Bruno
103 MADOUAS, Valentin
104 MORABITO, Steve
105 VAUGRENARD, Benoit
106 SEIGLE, Romain
107 VINCENT, Leo

Lotto-Soudal

111 ARMEE, Sander
112 DE GENDT, Thomas
113 LAMBRECHT, Bjorg
114 MERTZ, Rémy
115 MONFORT, Maxima
116 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh
117 VANENDERT, Jelle

Mitchelton-Scott

121 ALBASINI, Michael
122 HAIG, Jack
123 HAMILTON, Lucas
124 HOWSON, Damien
125 JUUL JENSEN, Christopher
126 POWER, Robert
127 VERONA, Carlos

Quick-Step Floors

131 ALAPHILIPPE, Julian
132 CAPECCHI, Eros
133 CAVAGNA, Rémi
134 KNOX, James
135 MAS, Enric
136 NARVAEZ, Jhonnatan
137 SERRY, Pieter

Dimension Data

141 ANTON, Igor
142 CUMMINGS, Stephen
143 GEBREIGZABHIER, Amanuel
144 KING, Benjamin
145 MORTON, Lachlan
146 PAUWELS, Serge
147 SLAGTER, Tom-Jelte

EF Education First-Drapac

151 URAN, Rigoberto
152 BROWN, Nathan
153 CANTY, Brendan
154 CARTHY, Hugh
155 CRADDOCK, Lawson
156 HOWES, Alex
157 WOODS, Michael

Katusha-Alpecin

161 ZAKARIN, Ilnur
162 CRAS, Steff
163 BOSWELL, Ian
164 KISERLOVSKI, Robert
165 LAMMERTINK, Maurits
166 SMIT, Willie
167 SPILAK, Simon

LottoNL-Jumbo

171 ROGLIC, Primoz
172 BATTAGLIN, Enrico
173 KUSS, Sepp
174 LINDEMAN, Bert-Jan
175 MARTENS, Paul
176 POWLESS, Nelson
177 DE TIER, Floris

Team Sky

181 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
182 CASTROVIEJO, Jonatan
183 DE LA CRUZ, David
184 GEOGHEGAN, Tae
185 KIRYIENKA, Vasil
186 LOPEZ, David
187 SIVAKOV, Pavel

Team Sunweb

191 MATTHEWS, Michael
192 FRÖHLINGER, Johannes
193 HAGA, Chad
194 HINDLEY, Jau
195 STORER, Michael
196 TEN DAM, Laurens
197 TUSVELD, Martijn

Trek-Segafredo

201 MOLLEMA, Bauke
202 FELLINE, Fabio
203 GOGL, Michael
204 GRMAY, Tsgabu
205 GUERREIRO, Rubén
206 SKUJINS, Toms
207 STETINA, Peter

UAE Team Emirates

211 FARIA DE COSTA, Rui
212 AIT EL ABDIA, Anass
213 BONO, Matteo
214 MORI, Manuele
215 POLANC, Jan
216 RIABUSHENKO, Aleksandr
217 ULISSI, Diego