‘s Hertogenbosch and Grand Tours, it has been a while, but the town in the southern part of the Netherlands hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour the France in 1996. The 1st stage was a prologue and the 2nd stage an out-and-back race before the 3rd stage set off from ‘s Hertogenbosch to head further south with Alex Zülle – winner of the prologue – in the yellow jersey.
The route traverses the province of Noord-Brabant before crossing three large rivers, Maas, Waal and Nederrijn (Dutch part of the Rhine). Shortly after crossing the Rijnbrug bridge the riders tackle the only KOM climb of the day. The Amerongse Berg is 2.1 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 2.4%.
The Amerongse Berg is part of the Utrecht Hill Ridge, which is a series of low sandhills that stretches for 50 kilometres. La Vuelta crisscrosses in and out of this area until reaching the finish circuit in Utrecht. A sprint is the most likely outcome in Utrecht Science Park, which is located to the east of the city.
Ride the route yourself? Download GPX stage 2 Vuelta.
Another interesting read: results 2nd stage Vuelta 2022.
Vuelta a España 2022 stage 2: route, profile, more
Click on the images to zoom