Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 3: Mancha Real - La Guardia de Jaén

Tim Wellens 2018 - Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 3: Mancha Real - La Guardia de JaénFriday 22 February - GC contenders have to be in good shape on the third day of the Ruta del Sol. At 16.2 kilometres, the Andalucian race serves a hilly ITT from Mancha Real to La Guardia de Jaén. (Slideshow route/profile)

The ITT of last year’s Ruta del Sol took place on the last day of action. David de la Cruz won the stage honours while Tim Wellens sealed the overall victoy ahead of Wout Poels and Marc Soler.

The route of the trial to La Guardia de Jaén starts to rise shortly after the start. It is nowhere near steep though. The Puerto de 7 Pilillas is 4.8 kilometres and its average slope is 3.6%. That’s possibly too shallow for the climbers, but still, it could be demanding on a time trial bike.

The Puerto de 7 Pilillas is crested at kilometre 6.3 before the riders storm past the only check point at kilometre 7.7. The route continues downhill until kilometre 13. A section on the flat then runs to a false flat of 1.5 kilometres to the line in La Guardia de Jaén.

Ruta del Sol 2019 stage 3: route, profile, more

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