Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 2: Marbella – Caminito del Rey

Vuelta 2018 stage 2Sunday, 26 August 2018 - At 163.9 kilometres, the 2nd stage of the Vuelta a España travels from Marbella to Caminito del Rey. The closing climb returns after its inaugural appearance in 2015, when Esteban Chaves outclimbed Tom Dumoulin on the 3.4 kilometres slopes at 7%.

The Colombian bested the Dutchman by 5 seconds, yet they both put more than half a minute into other GC contenders such as Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibai and Fabio Aru. The latter eventually won the 2015 edition of La Vuelta.

Think luxury yachts, expensive shops and big cars. The 2nd stage of the Tour of Spain starts in Marbella. No towering hotels for the masses, but large villas and expensive apartments and endless golf courses. There will be no luxury for the riders, though, the peloton faces a hard and hot day in the saddle.

Once the flag is dropped they tackle the Puerto de Ojén before the route continues in the hills north of the departure place. In the second half, the route is similar to 2015’s. The Puerto de Ardales is crested with 57 kilometres remaining.

The final destination is the Caminito del Rey – that is, the race doesn’t end at this attraction in the Gaitanes Gorge, yet close to it. The riders take the MA-448 in the finale and climb to the line in a stunning landscape. The ultimate haul is 3.4 kilometres at an average gradient of 7%.

The actual Caminito del Rey is a cliff face boardwalk through a spectacular gorge. The walkway hangs 100 metres above the Guadalhorce River.

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