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TV

Basque TV station EITB will be showing 10-minute highlights from every stage from Saturday through Monday (9pm CEST, ETB1), as well as the final day live after day 16 of the Giro d’Italia (Tuesday 22nd, 5.30pm CEST).

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Timetable

The Bira has been traditionally ridden on late afternoon schedules, with all four stages in 2018 set to finish around 7pm local (CEST).

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Bonus

There will be 10-6-4″ bonuses at the finish of all three roads stages, with 3-2-1″ up for grabs at two intermediate sprints per stage.

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Social Media

@Oficial_BiraWWT is the official account of the #Bira on Twitter. Over at @Movistar_Team we’ll also be following our ladies’ performances in Euskadi.

Stages

Analysis

01
Legazpi (108.1km)
19 May
  1. 01 Sabrina Stultiens WaowDeals 2h51'24"
  2. 02 Lisa Brennauer Wiggle High5 +17"
  3. 03 Giorgia Bronzini Cylance "
  4. 15 Małgorzata Jasińska Movistar Team "
  5. 17 Eider Merino Movistar Team "
  6. 20 Rachel Neylan Movistar Team "
  7. 50 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team +1'04"
  8. 71 Alicia González Movistar Team +2'50"
  9. —  Lourdes Oyarbide Movistar Team DNF
02
Agurain - Vitoria (CRI / ITT) (26.6km)
20 May
  1. 01 Annemiek Van Vleuten Mitchelton-Scott 34'00"
  2. 02 Anna Van der Breggen Boels-Dolmans +14"
  3. 03 Lisa Brennauer Wiggle High5 +44"
  4. 30 Małgorzata Jasińska Movistar Team +2'22"
  5. 50 Rachel Neylan Movistar Team +3'22"
  6. 57 Eider Merino Movistar Team +3'45"
  7. 63 Alicia González Movistar Team +4'04"
  8. 81 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team +4'47"
03
Aretxabaleta (114.5km)
21 May
  1. 01 Amy Pieters Boels-Dolmans 3h02'00"
  2. 02 Emilia Fahlin Wiggle High5 "
  3. 03 Clara Koppenburg Cervélo-Bigla "
  4. 06 Alicia González Movistar Team "
  5. 30 Małgorzata Jasińska Movistar Team +2'01"
  6. 42 Eider Merino Movistar Team +2'17"
  7. 43 Lorena Llamas Movistar Team "
  8. 77 Rachel Neylan Movistar Team +3'12"
04
Iurreta (120km)
22 May

Analysis

The most prestigious women’s cycling event in Spain, with the best field of competitors, will see the Movistar Team riders taking on the strongest riders in the world without leaving home, the race having granted a place into the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar as of 2018. The 31st edition of the Bira will offer, just like tradition, a route full of mountains, yet with a very significant change: a quite long ITT -26km from Salvatierra / Agurain to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Sunday 20th May)- on entirely flat roads, very well suited for the best specialists in the peloton.

The Basque race will start a day earlier (Saturday 19th) in Legazpi, with a 108km hilly route including the climb of Aztiria (Cat-3) and 2x Eizaga (Cat-3), the final ascent -to be crested with 5km remaining- set to create an early selection together with the non-categorized ‘Kirtenberg’ hill. Monday 21st will bring terrain better suited for adventurers or fast finishers, with longer climbs like Etxaguen (Cat-2), Untzilla (Cat-3) or Arlaban (Cat-2) yet with its last ascent being completed with 33km from the finish in Aretxabaleta. Lastly, on Tuesday 22nd, two climbs of the legendary Urkiola will decide in Iurreta (120km) a race whose tough courses allow for time gaps to be created every single day.