Leaving the beautiful white village of Monachil, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in between Granada and ski resort Sol y Nieve, the pack leaves for El Padul. The shortest route between the two locations is something like 20 kilometres, but the riders are to immerse themselves in the mountainous decor, racing from one mountain pass to the other.
The climbing starts at the 3.1 kilometres Lucero, crested with 36 km’s done, and almost without delay Los Bermejales appears, a 3rd category climb peaking at 1,130 metres. To get there a 5.8 kilometres stretch of asphalt at 5.2% bids the riders welcome. The ascent was in the 6th stage of 2014 Vuelta, a stage that was won by Alejandro Valverde.
On rolling roads the pack heads for the Legionario and Puerto del Valle, both 2n category. The last climb is to be crested with 15 kilometres left and boasts steepest ramps at 20%.
Race results/race report stage 3, Ruta del Sol 2016.
Ruta del Sol 2016 stage 3: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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