42 stages of La Vuelta have had finales in Bilbao
In 2011, La Vuelta returned to Euskadi-The Basque Country after years of absence, and it did so with a stage finish in Bilbao. Igor Antón was the winner on that occasion, and bathed in glory he retired from the professional peloton at the end of La Vuelta 18. Bilbao is the capital of the province of Bizkaia and the birthplace of cycling in our country. The riders and stage winners may change from one year to the next, but not so the scenes of thousands of cycling aficionados cheering the peloton on as it passes. A passion that has made the Basque Country the stuff of legend in the world of international cycling.