Tour of Valencia 2023 Route stage 4: Burriana - Alto de la Cueva Santa
Saturday 4 February - The 4th stage is the race with the most vertical gain on the Tour of Valencia. The riders are to conquer 3,600 climbing metres on the road from Burriana to El Santuario de la Cueva Santa. The finish climb is 7.4 kilometres long and averages 4.7%.
The route climbs false flat from the start and gets slightly steeper after 12 kilometres. But still, the 17.4 kilometres climb at 2.9% to Aín is everything but a leg-breaker.
Right after the descent the route continues onto the Collado de Ayódar, a 4.8 kilometres climb at 4.3%. A slighlty shorter descent leads to the base of a long and irregular ascent. It totals 13.1 kilometres and the average gradient sits at 3.7%. The first 5 kilometres go up at 6% before the next 5 kilometres are as good as flat. Shortly after moving through the village Torralba del Minar the gradients kick up again to approximately 7%.
A long descent takes the riders to the foot of what will be the finish climb in 70 kilometres time. The Alto de Montmayor is 9.6 kilometres and averages 4.8%. Some 2 kilometres before the summit the riders pass the Cueva Santa Monastery, which will be the finish line later on.
After cresting the Alto de Montmayor the route continues with a short downhill, a rolling section and a 6 kilometres climb to the highest point of the day, which is situated at almost 1,000 metres above sea level. At this point there are still 50 kilometres to go.
A huge descent – with some intermediate climbs to pep things up – leads back to the base of the finish climb. As the finish is situated near the Cueva Santa Monastery – or, El Santuario de la Cueva Santa -, the ascent is 7.4 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 4.7%.
The 4th stage of the Tour of Valencia starts at 12:29 and is expected to finish around 17:15 – both are local times (CET).
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