Sandwiched between mountains and vast orchards with olive trees lies Jódar. A typical Andalusian village, of course equipped with castle and old church.
The pack leaves south. The road is going up and down, but the first mountain points are to be gathered after 87 kilometres of racing at a climb taking the riders from the village of La Peza to Puerto de los Bian Cares. After descending they pass through Granada. Dominating the city is the famous Alhambra, a huge palace and fortress of Moorish origin.
The stage continues along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Although we are in the deep south of Spain, in wintertime this area is populated by skiers. However, this thought will bring no coolness to the riders whatsoever. It’s August and probably baking hot.
May be the mountains bring some relief with a closing climb in the Sierra Nevada. The climbs totals 18.7 kilometres while rising at an average grade of 5.4%. But that’s just a number, as a flat section of a few kilometres brings the average down. The last 12 kilometres are toughest, with a steepest section at 14% with around 1 kilometre left.
Basically, arrival place Capileira is the end of the world. Further north is only wild nature and high peaks. The road stops here and most riders will say: thank god for that.
Results/race report stage 7, Vuelta 2015.
Vuelta 2015 stage 7: Route maps, height profile, and more
Click on the images to zoom
Related articles Riders and teams - Vuelta 2015 Favourites - Vuelta 2015 Withdrawals - Vuelta 2015 Route and stages - Vuelta 2015 More articles
Giro 2023: Cavendish wins in Rome, Roglic seals GC triumph
Giro 2023 Route stage 21: Rome - Rome
Giro d'Italia: Winners and records
Giro 2023: Withdrawals
Giro 2023: The Route
Giro 2023: Riders
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023: The Route
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023: Riders
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 1: Chambon-sur-Lac - Chambon-sur-Lac
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 2: Brassac-les-Mines - La Chaise-Dieu
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 3: Monistrol-sur-Loire - La Coteau
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 4: Cours - Belmont-de-la-Loire
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 5: Cormoranche-sur-Saône – Salins-les-Bains
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 6: Nantua - Crest-Voland
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 7: Porte-de-Savoie - Col de la Croix de Fer
Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Route stage 8: Le Pont-de-Claix - La Bastille, Grenoble
Tour de Suisse 2023: The Route
Tour de Suisse 2023: Riders
Tour de Suisse 2023 Route stage 1: Einsiedeln - Einsiedeln
Tour de Suisse 2023 Route stage 2: Beromünster - Nottwil
Tour de Suisse 2023 Route stage 3: Tafers - Villars-sur-Ollon
Cycling Calendar 2023
Tour de France 2023: The Route
Tour de France 2023: Riders
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 1: Bilbao - Bilbao
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 2: Vitoria-Gasteiz - San Sebastián
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 3: Amorebieta-Etxano - Bayonne
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 4: Dax - Nogaro
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 5: Pau - Laruns
Tour de France 2023 Route stage 6: Tarbes - Cauterets