Ruta del Sol 2023: The Route

Tadej pogacar rds - Ruta del Sol 2023: The Routefoto: Cor VosAs always, the Ruta del Sol - aka the Vuelta a Andalucía - served a mountainous route in 2023. There was no time trial, but three uphill finishes accounted for selective racing. The race started on Wednesday 15 February and finished on Sunday the 19th. (Slideshow route/profile)

The trip through the deep south of Spain kicks into gear in Puente de Génave. Stage 1 takes in five intermediate climbs. Possibly the hardest ascent is the last one, Alto de Despiernacaballos. Peaking out at 1,580 metres above the sea level, the Despiernacaballos is 10.6 kilometres long and averages 5.8%. The summit is crested 7.4 kilometres before the finish in Santiago de la Espada.

The route of stage 2 is also though and the finale is particularly challenging. The last 3.4 kilometres climb at 6.3% to the ruined castle above Alcalá la Real. Not only is the finale partially cobbled, the last kilometre rises at 11.5% to the line. Ethan Hayter and Alessandro Covi won the Alcalá la Real stage in the last two editions.

Stage 3 is a lumpy transition race from Alcalá de Guadaira to Alcalá de los Gazules. It’s the flattest race of the five, but the last kilometre features ramps at 25% on a cobbled wall-like climb.

The 4th stage travels from Olvera to Iznájar. After coming down the climb to Fuente de Cesna the route ramps up to the line in the last kilometre.

The final stage of the Ruta del Sol goes from Otura to Alhaurín de la Torre. Following a race with quite some elevation gain the home straight runs false flat uphill. Four years ago it was Matteo Trentin who took the spoils in Alhaurín de la Torre.

Ruta del Sol 2023: routes, profiles, more

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