The 2015 Ruta del Sol brought a titanic clash between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, with the Briton winning by a tiny 2 seconds margin. The race – also known as the Vuelta a Andalucía, or the Tour of Andalucia – is feared and loved for the intense climbing, bringing us to this list of major contenders.
Mikel Landa dropped out at the eleventh hour due to ilness. Wout Poels, winner in the Vuelta a Valencia, now leads Team Sky.
Favourites Ruta del Sol 2016:
*** Wout Poels, Rafal Majka, Alejandro Valverde, Tejay van Garderen
** Bauke Mollema, Steven Kruijswijk
* Wilco Kelderman, Roman Kreuziger, Tim Wellens
Ruta del Sol 2016: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Route and profile 1st stage
Route and profile 2nd stage
Route and profile 3rd stage
Route and profile 4th stage
Route and profile 5th stage
Climb details Alto de Peñas Blancas
Start and finish at Google Maps
Ruta del Sol Tweets