Vuelta prepares to end 33-year absence in Basque Country

Pasaje, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 18

Strange but true: for more than three decades the Vuelta has avoided the Basque Country, Spain's cycling heartland, but tomorrow (Friday) that will finally come to an end.

There will be one stage directly into Bilbao, the Basque Country's largest city on Friday and another over several emblematic climbs on Saturday before finishing in the Basque Country's capital, Vitoria.

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