2011 Vuelta set to return to Angliru and Basque Country

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The 2011 Vuelta a Espana race route, due to be presented today in Alicante, is expected to reveal a return both to the Angliru, after a three year gap, and to the Basque Country after a 33-year absence.

The last time the Vuelta visited the Basque Country - barring the briefest of mid-stage incursions - was in 1978, when full-scale separatist protests - strewing the roads with barricades, tintacs and flinging sand in the eyes of riders - caused two stages to be partly cancelled. The protests did not affect the overall result, with Bernard Hinault taking the first of two victories.

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