The Tour of the Basque Country was the first big goal for Samuel Sánchez in 2009 and immediately from the start he put a stamp on the race. In the first stage he fought for the victory in a small group with all the favourites, losing very close to Luis León Sánchez. In the same stage Aitor Hernandez attacked, ensuring himself the mountains classification and is still leading there. In the third and probably queens stage Samuel Sánchez impressed in the mountains climbing together with Cadel Evans and Toni Colom, nine seconds behind Alberto Contador. He became third in that stage. In the fourth stage nothing important happened, Samuel became tenth in the bunch sprint and is clearly showing great shape. Today we got another hilly stage but saturday everything will be decided in the final time trial.