143: The Basque Country | Kilometre 0


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By The Cycling Podcast, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, and Richard Moore. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
These days, when the Vuelta a España comes to the Basque Country it feels like a homecoming. The crowds are enormous and the tough, hilly roads virtually guarantee exciting racing. Yet for 33 years the Vuelta didn't come here at all, only returning in 2011 when the organisers could be confident that Basque separatists wouldn't try to disrupt the race.

In this episode of Kilometre 0 Richard Moore explores the region's biggest city, Bilbao, from the Alto de Arraiz climb that featured close to the finish of the 12th stage, to the famous pintxos bars in the company of Eneko Garate, a former cyclist, manager of the old Basque professional team, Kaiku, and now publisher of cycling books.

There are also interviews with Astana rider Ion Izagirre, Juanma Garate, the sports director at EF-Education First, and Basque journalist Ainara Hernando.

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