Ruta del Sol 2022 Route stage 2: Archidona - Alcalá la Real

Thursday 17 February - Stage 2 of the Ruta del Sol takes in 150.6 kilometres and crosses five passes. The finale is a short and punchy climb to a ruined castle overlooking Alcalá la Real.

The five climbs that the riders tackle on the road from Archidona to Alcalá la Real are not the hardest climbs in the world, but obviously, they’ll add to the fatigue. After four uphill tests the Alto de la Hortichuela presents the toughest challenge. The 8.3 kilometres long climb averages 5.4%. The riders reach the summit 9 kilometres before the finish line, while the ensuing downhill coincides with the base of the punchy climb to the Fortaleza de la Mota.

The fortress is perched on a hill overlooking the town. The ascent to the ruined 13th century fortress is 800 metres long and rises at 10%. Which is an average gradient – the road gets steeper near the finish line.

Last year’s 2nd stage finishes at exactly the same spot and Ethan Hayter crossed the line celebrating. The young Briton won the race solo, 7 seconds ahead of Miguel Ángel López, while the rest of the field was scattered all over the flanks of the castle climb.


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