The Vuelta reveals a “spectacular” route

This Tuesday the parcours of the 78th edition of the Tour of Spain was presented in the Music Palace in Barcelona, where the Vuelta will start for the second time in its history on Saturday August 26th. Several Giants in the Pyrenees and Asturias such as the mythical Tourmalet and Angliru decorate the road to the traditional finish in Madrid on Sunday September 17th.

Ten of the 21 stages finish at altitude, as the 3153 kilometer are divided in seven mountain stages, six hilly stages, six flat stages from which two finish uphill and an individual and a team time trial.

Just like last year, the first red jersey will be conquered in a 14.6 kilometer team time trial through the centre of Barcelona. After a second stage around the Catalan capital, the peloton heads towards Andorra for the first of five unprecedented uphill finishes on ski resort Arinsal.

Next, the peloton heads back through Catalunya towards the Valencia region, where a finish on top of Javalambre (stage 6) and just after the top of Xorret de Catí (stage 8) await and towards the Murcia region for a finish on top of Caravaca de la Cruz (stage 9).

A flight brings the riders on the first rest day to Valladolid for a flat time trial of 25 kilometer. From this capital of the Castilla y Leon region the peloton follows the direction of the Pyrenees, covering a finish on top of La Laguna Negra (stage 11).

The French border is crossed in the beginning of stage thirteen to climb the Col d’Aubisque, de Spandelles and du Tourmalet (2115m, 17km at 7.4%). The riders return to Spain the next day, covering two other French hors catégorie Pyrenees giants and the Port de Belagua. 

In the final week, after the second rest day, the peloton first follows the Cantabrian coastline before heading towards the gruesome slopes of the Angliru (1558m, 12km at 10%) at the end of stage seventeen. Just like in the Pyrenees, the finish on this mythical climb in Asturias is followed by a second mountain stage.

Before the winner of the Tour of Spain 2023 is welcomed in the traditional criterium in Madrid, the riders will battle on the penultimate day on a classics parcours with ten hills of third category and over 4000 climbing meters, the longest stage of this Vuelta (208 km).

The organization of the Vuelta follows the actual trend of integrating spectacular stages from the first week, meaning that this season we'll have three Grand Tours with a spicy start and a traditional hard third week. The extensive climbing work is above all good news for our GC rider Louis Meintjes, who concluded last season with a stage win and 11th place in La Vuelta and a second place on Alpe d'Huez and seventh place in the Tour. The announcement of the parcours is the start of a difficult thinking exercise to find a balance between our ambitions for GC and for the stages suited for sprinters or breakaways, because there are also interesting opportunities for them. » « Because of the new race calendar with the World Championships in the beginning of August and the late start of the Vuelta we are also challenged to make intelligent choices in terms of preparation. We could move our altitude camp one week later or we could start the Vuelta with a higher race rhythm thanks to the busy competition schedule at the end of August. The next couple of weeks we'll put our heads together with our Performance Team to make this Vuelta a success, like in our first two participations! »


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