Riders forced to push their bikes up Tour of the Basque Country climb

A combination of a sharp gradient and a dense crowd meant that many riders buckled on the Alto de la Antigua, forcing them to get off and push to the top

Kanstantsin Siutsou on stage three of the 2015 Tour of the Basque Country

(Image credit: Watson)

Every now and again we see something in a professional race that mirrors an amateur’s everyday spin around their local countryside. Wednesday’s stage in the Tour of the Basque Country saw such an event.

With two ascents up the Alto de la Antigua – nicknamed ‘The Wall’ – the riders were not in for an easy day, but few of them will have imagined they would have to push their bike up part of the climb.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.