As the crow flies, Mijas and Alhaurín de la Torre are merely 15 kilometres apart. On the road, it takes 25 kilometres to get for M to A as the area is quite hilly. Yet, not so hilly that we should not expect a bunch sprint.
Three editions ago, both Mijas and Alhaurín de la Torre hosted the start of a stage at La Vuelta. The last time a peloton visited Alhaurín de la Torre was in 2016 when the ITT of the Ruta del Sol took place in and around the town at the Guadalhorce Valley with Tejay van Garderen powering to victory. The year before that the same race finished in town. It was a demanding finale with the last 1,200 metres ramping up towards the line. Juan José Lobato took the win, 1 second ahead of John Degenkolb.
Following the start in Mijas the riders head for Marbella and hit the Puerto del Madroña at kilometre 25. They drop down to Ronda before another climb takes them to El Burgo. On (and up) they go to Junquera. A long descent runs to Coín and before they know it the riders are back in Mijas. Not on the coast though, but the pueblo inland.
The route once again drops down to the coast and moves through Torremolinos. 10 kilometres left to race, mostly slightly uphill.
Vuelta a España 2018 stage 3: Route map, height profile, and more
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