Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 1: ITT in Málaga

Vuelta 2018 stage 1Saturday, 25 August 2018 - La Vuelta a España begins with an individual time trial of 8 kilometres in Málaga, the route of which is marked by a punchy climb halfway. Twice before the Tour of Spain started in the Andalucian coastal town - in 2000 and in 2006.

The riders roll down the start ramp near Centre Pompidou Málaga and via La Farola lighthouse and then the beach they beach to the east. It’s a long and flat straight so it’s time the push a big gear. On the Paseo de Sancha the route returns towards the city, only to turn right at kilometre 3 for a nasty climb in the El Limonar district. This is Mount Gibralfaro and the summit is crested near the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which dates back to the 10th century and is overlooking Málaga city and port. The punchy ascent is 1.5 kilometres and averaging 6% before a 400 metres descent runs to a 200 metres ramp at 8%.

The riders drop down to the centre and via a tunnel and roundabout they hit the Paseo del Parque for a new straight. A right turn leads to the Calle Larios, which is shopping epicentre of Málaga and the riders want to leave if fast behind as the finish is at the end of it, on the Plaza de la Constitución.

In 2015, Málaga hosted the Tour of Spain for the last time and Peter Sagan sprinted to victory in its streets ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and John Degenkolb. The last time La Vuelta took in the Gibralfaro climb was in 2010, when Philippe Gilbert took the 3rd stage ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez near the gates of the Castle.

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