XIX Gran Premio Miguel InduráinApril 1st
The Gran Premio Miguel Induráin was first run in 1951 under the name of Campeonato Vasco-Navarro de Montaña and carried various different names (GP Ribera, GP Navarra; Trofeo Jesús Galdeano…) before being re-named to GP Indurain in 1999. In recent years the one-day race has become the opener of a week of cycling in the Basque Country, preceding the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja on the following Sunday.
It has had a host of top name winners including Alex Zülle, Miguel Indurain, Pedro Delgado, Samuel Sanchez and Joaquim Rodriguez. In 2016 it won by Ion Izagirre, and currently it is classified as a 1.1
race in the UCI calendar.
|YEAR || 1st || 2nd || 3rd |
|2016 || IZAGIRRE || HENAO || MOSER|
|2015 || VICIOSO || IZAGIRRE || INTXAUSTI|
|2014 || VALVERDE || SLAGTER || CHERNETSKIY|
|2013 || SPILAK || ANTON || STETINA|
|2012 || MORENO || LANDA || MADRAZO|
The race in 2014 initially was to be folded after the regional government of Navarra failed to provide GP Miguel Indurain with sufficient financial support, but a private company stepped in to ensure a continuity of the event, and they still do.
The GP Miguel Indurain is a race with a hilly route without a single meter of flat, and thereby is the toughest one day race on the Spanish cycling calendar. The course stayed approximately the same as in recent years.
The start list still lacks a bit of depth, but with five WT teams, Caja Rural, Cycling Academy, all those Portuguese guys, Rebellin and his boys from Kuwait, and Inteja, there should be enough fire power for an exciting race
- Movistar Team
- Team Sky
- Team Katusha Alpecin
- Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
- Isreal Cycling Academy
- Burgos BH
- Seleccion Española
- Euskadi Basque Country Murias
- W52 FC Porto
- Sporting Taviria
- Radio Popular Boavista
- Inteja Dominican Cycling Team
- Equipo Bolivia
- Rietumu Banka - Riga
Live coverage is scheduled to be on EiTB 1 from 15:00 cest to 17:45. Last year it was also on Eurosport, but I haven't seen anything definite yet