Wednesday, October 4, 2023

VUELTA’23 PEZ Course Preview: From Barcelona to Madrid with a Lot of Hiking!


Vuelta’23 Course Preview: As we input the finale of the 2023 season, the Excursion de France and, for as soon as, the Global championship had been fought over, we transfer onto the remaining Grand Excursion of the yr: Los angeles Vuelta a España. The Spanish three-weeker has, on paper, the most efficient box of riders of all of the GT’s and the standard tremendous exhausting direction, promising its same old pleasure. Listed below are the phases:

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Vuelta’23 Teaser

The 78th Vuelta a España Main points:
21 phases
3153.8 kilometres
51,807 meters mountaineering
2 relaxation days
1 time trial
1 workforce time trial
40.6 time trial kilometres
9 uphill finishes
20 3rd class climbs
8 2nd class climbs
13 first class climbs
5 hors class climbs.

Vuelta’23 map


Degree 1
Group Time Trial Barcelona (14.8km)

There aren’t many workforce time trials this present day, however the Vuelta a España has their opening TTT level 1 as same old. The beginning is nearly at the seashore on the Port Olímpic after which enters town, passing quite a lot of vacationer highlights. Because of city planner Ildefons Cerdà, Barcelona’s boulevard device appears to be like extra like a chessboard, this means that there are lots of 90º bends. On the most renowned development within the town, the Sagrada Familia, the intermediate time is taken after 10 kilometres. Previous the Casa Milà, the riders then head against the Venetian towers on Avinguda de los angeles Reina Maria Cristina. After 14.8 kilometres, the end is close to the magic fountain.

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Degree 1


Degree 2
Mataro – Barcelona (181.8km)

The second one day of the Vuelta additionally begins on the seashore, this time Mataró seashore. The Excursion of Catalonia has been right here time and again, however that is the primary time for los angeles Vuelta a España. From the beginning the race is going up the now not too tricky Coll de Sant Bartomeu (6.6km at 4.5%), however there will likely be early sore legs. After the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, there’s the Coll D’Estenalles. Twenty kilometres lengthy, however now not steep.

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Degree 2

The climb on the finish of the level to the citadel of Montjuïc, probably the most well-known mountain of Barcelona, is the place the general motion will come. Any person may just use the 0.9 kilometre lengthy climb at 9.4% to take some seconds. After a quick descent, there are 1.5 kilometres uphill to the road on the Olympic Stadium. In 2012 Philippe Gilbert confirmed do it.

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Philippe Gilbert in 2012


Degree 3
Suria – Arinsal (158.5km)

Los angeles Vuelta’23 is going to Andorra for its first summit end. The general 50 kilometres of level 3 are in Andorra and contains the primary severe climbs of the Spanish excursion. The primary 120 kilometres are flat from Súria to Andorra los angeles Vella.

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Degree 3

After passing throughout the capital, the mountaineering begins. After 128.2 kilometres, there’s the primary climb of the day: The Ordino. There are some flat portions of the climb and a small descent simply sooner than the highest, however at 19.6km at 4.8% it’s not simple. From town of Los angeles Massana, the level is going up greater than 8 kilometres. It has a median of seven.7% and the sections between 3.5 and 1.5 kilometres sooner than the end are steep. The highest favourites will wish to make their mark.

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First motion in Andorra


Degree 4
Andorra los angeles Vella – Tarragona (184.6km)

Again to the ocean after the primary seek advice from to the Pyrenees. 185 kilometres to the Costa Daurada. A level for GC males relaxation after the Andorran mountaineering. This level is made for the sprinters and finishes in Tarragona.

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Degree 4

The level will have to end with a host dash. There are two climbs, the Alto de Belltall (9.3km at 3.7%) and the Coll de Lilla (5.2km at 4.9%), however they shouldn’t motive the sprinters an excessive amount of bother, however there will likely be breaks.  The remaining 30 kilometres are basically downhill. From the remaining bend, the direction is going up for roughly 450 metres at 4.6%. Now not a very simple dash alongside the previous town wall.

Tarragona - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Matteo TRENTIN (Italy / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE (Spain / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 4 from Escaldes-Engordany - Tarragona (198.2 km) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017
Trentin received the dash in Tarragona in 2017


Degree 5
Morella–Burriana (186.2km)

Morella, within the a ways north of the Comunitat Valenciana, is among the prettiest within the area. This is a mountain village, positioned at greater than 1100 metres above sea degree. The end is on the seashore once more, this time Burriana. Clearly the direction drops all of the option to the coast, but it surely’s now not that simple.


The level 5 direction has greater than 2600 metres of mountaineering, despite the fact that with the harsh days to come back, it is among the more uncomplicated days. The end is at the Avenida Mediterrania after 186 kilometres. The completing immediately is 750 metres lengthy, at the seashore entrance and there’s a likelihood of a dash for a big crew, however possibly too exhausting for the natural sprinters.

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Degree 5


Degree 6
Los angeles Vall d’Uixó – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (183.1km)

Degree 6 returns to mountaineering. For the second one time, the Vuelta a España finishes at the Alto de Javalambre. In 2019 it was once Ángel Madrazo who took the win simply forward of teammate Jetse Bol.

Madrazo and Bol

This yr’s level is very similar to 2019 and there are lots of alternatives for the a ruin escape sooner than the general summit climb. The primary kilometres of the Alto de Javalambre (11.5km at 7.6%) are slightly simple, however after 4 kilometres it in point of fact will get going. The climb takes the riders to simply underneath 2,000 meters and has sections of 10%, however the Picón del Buitre, the remaining 5 kilometres, has ramps of over 10%.

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Degree 6


Degree 7
Utiel–Oliva (200.8km)

Degree 7 is the primary level this is longer than 200 kilometres, but it surely isn’t too exhausting and may just/will have to be one for the sprinters. The short-finishers will wish to opt for this level, as they wont get any other alternative for every week… if they’re nonetheless within the race. The GC riders may have a very simple day.

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Degree 7

The general 80 kilometres are flat, however there are 1,200 metres of mountaineering sooner than entering Valencia, and then the riders move down the coast for roughly 70 kilometres to the end in Oliva. Lots of the riders will know the roads within the house from their coaching camps primarily based in Dénia and Calpe. The remaining nook is 300 metres from the end and can motive a break up or crash.

Bunch dash end to level 7?


Degree 8
Dénia – Xorret de Catí (165km)

Because the discovery of the Xorret de Catí climb on the finish of the remaining century, the Vuelta has returned time and again. The remaining time the race was once right here was once 2017, when Julian Alaphilippe received his first Grand Excursion level.

Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe had time to look back and see by how much he had won Vuelta stage 8. Second was Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) and third Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). Pic:CorVos/PezCyclingNews.
Alaphilippe received at the Xorret de Cati in 2017

The Xorret de Catí is 3.6km at 11.4%, with most ramps of twenty-two%. From the highest, it is going down hill for two kilometre, then it rises once more within the ultimate kilometre. Ahead of the riders get to the village of Castalla, on the base of the general climb, the level is a ways from simple. The primary 20 kilometres from Denia are flat, however after that it’s all up and down. The Alto de Vall d’Ebo (7.9km at 5.7%), the Puerto de Tollos (4.2km at 5.6%), the Puerto de Benifallim (9.5km at 4.9%), the Puerto de los angeles Carrasqueta (10.9km at 4.6%) and different climbs with out KOM class, all make for a tricky day within the saddle.

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Degree 8


Degree 9
Cartagena – Collado de los angeles Cruz de Caravaca (184.5km)

Degree 9 is within the area of Murcia, Valverde’s house roads, and has ‘simplest’ two climbs, one Cat 1, the Puerto Casas de Marina los angeles Perdiz is 11.5km at 4.9%. Nevertheless it begins at 11% and has a last ramp of 12%. The second one climb, the Collado de los angeles Cruz de Caravaca, is a Cat 2, however its said 8.2 km at 5.5% is a slight deception.

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The climb has sections of 17.5% and 20%. The remaining 3.5 kilometres are exceptionally tricky, despite the fact that there’s a brief descent 1.5 kilometres from the end. The riders will likely be taking a look ahead to the primary relaxation day.

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The primary relaxation day


Degree 10
Valladolid particular person time trial (25.8km)

The day after the primary relaxation day there’s a 25.8 kilometre particular person time trial. The beginning is slightly technical, with a small climb, however within the remaining 15 kilometres the direction is most commonly flat and immediately again to Valladolid.

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Degree 10TT

The check ends at a clock, a fountain clock within the Plaza de Zorilla. This will simplest be the beginning of the second one week, however may well be essential for the GC. The TT specialist will likely be of their component, however the climbers can have to check out to restrict their losses.

A win for Remco?


Degree 11
Lerma–Los angeles Laguna Negra (163.2km)

Degree 11 will have to see a combat between an break out crew and the GC males. A ruin will have to escape at the undulating highway from Lerma after which there will likely be a struggle for the level and the whole. On the end there’s the climb to the Laguna Negra, which will have to see fireworks.

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Degree 11

Hidden within the Picos de Urbion is the Laguna Negra. The remaining a part of the climb may be very exhausting. The climb is 6.5 kilometres at 6.8%, however the remaining 500 metres is at a median of over 10%, most commonly 13% and 14%.

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Dan Martin received on the Laguna Negra in 2020


Degree 12
Olvega – Zaragoza (150.6km)

Zaragoza has noticed many Vuelta level finishes up to now, but it surely has been 15 years because the remaining seek advice from. The primary 15 kilometres of the level are in Castile and León, however the remainder of the level is within the Aragon area. The panorama between the Iberian Ridge Mountains and the Pyrenees is made up of huge plains the place the wind is the largest impediment for the riders. It’s going to be essential for the GC males to be very cautious of echelons, the Vuelta may well be misplaced in a crosswind.

The Belgians and Dutch know all about echelons

When the wind comes from the north the peloton can also be ripped to shreds, glance out for the ones now not used to this type of racing, it may well be the tip for them.

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Degree 12


Degree 13
Formigal – Col du Tourmalet (134.7km)

The 2023 Vuelta a España may well be received in this level to the Col du Tourmalet, sure, the Spanish excursion level 13 finishes over the border in France. The early kilometres to the border are uphill, despite the fact that the Puerto de Portalet (4.4km at 5.4%) isn’t too exhausting. From that brief climb there’s a lengthy descent to the beginning of the Col d’Aubisque. The Aubisque is 16.5 kilometres lengthy at a median of seven.1%.

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Degree 13

The descent, by the use of the Col du Soulor, brings the race to the foot of the Col de Spandelles – 10.3 kilometres of mountaineering at an 8.3% reasonable. That is the primary time the Tourmalet has been used as a end by means of the Vuelta. 18.9 kilometres at a median of seven.4%, with the hardest bits on the finish, 11% and 13% on the end line.

The long-lasting Tourmalet


Degree 14
Sauveterre-de-Bearn – Larra-Belagua (156.2km)

Some other level with two Hors Class climbs and the level takes position for the most commonly in France. The ache from the primary Pyrenees level and just about two weeks of racing will likely be within the rider’s legs. The day’s profile will display who can get well. From the beginning in Sauveterre-de-Béarn it’s nearly 60 kilometres to the primary climb. The Col de Hourcère (11.1km at 8.7%) is adopted by means of the Puerto de Larrau (14.9km at 8%), which brings the race again into Spain. This is a difficult climb with many adjustments in gradient so the riders can’t get into their rhythm.

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Degree 14 map

Whether or not it’s the hardest climb within the Pyrenees is one thing you will have to come to a decision for your self, however it’s sure that it is among the hardest mountains you’ll in finding in the ones portions. Some flatter portions and brief descents even imply that the common gradient remains to be misleading. It’s basically the irregularity of the climb that guarantees that you’ll by no means get into your rhythm. The Puerto de Laza (3.4km at 6.3%) is relatively simple, and then there are nonetheless 20 kilometres to the general climb. 9.5 kilometres at 6.3%, the primary 6.5 kilometres, the common gradient is round 8%. The general kilometres are flat to the end in Larra-Belagua.

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Degree 14 profile


Degree 15
Pamplona – Lekunberri (158.3km)

The Vuelta involves the Basque Nation for the remaining level sooner than the second one relaxation day. The beginning is in Pamplona, the house of the Movistar workforce. Like in 2020, the race is heading against Lekunberri. On that instance a Movistar rider received, Marc Soler, needless to say the workforce would love a win on house soil once more.

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Degree 15 profile

There will likely be many drained legs, however the level is made for a ‘puncheur’ and so an break out may move all of the method, because the GC males will more than likely wish to take a time without work. There’s the Puerto de Zuarrarrate, however it is just 7.3km at 4.8% and the quick descent takes the riders to the end.

Soler received for Movistar in 2020


The second one relaxation day


Degree 16
Liencres Seaside – Bejes (120.1km)

The day after the second one relaxation day will have to see a combat on two fronts; between a ruin and between the GC males. The primary 115 kilometres are simple, following the Cantabrian coast. The direction does move up and down a little bit, however not anything to fret about. Ultimately the peloton leaves the coast and heads into the tougher ultimate of the level. On the finish of the level there’s a steep climb to Bejes, 5 kilometres of steep torture.

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The primary a part of 1.6 kilometres is at 10.1%, about the similar gradient because the remaining 2 kilometres. Within the heart there’s a stretch of one.5 kilometres which is relatively flatter sooner than the deciding ultimate metres.

The lovely Cantabrian coast


Degree 17
Ribadesella – Alto de L’Angliru (124.4km)

Degree 17 sees the 2023 Vuelta a España hit the extremely difficult climb of l’Angliru, however sooner than that there are two different exhausting climbs: The Alto de los angeles Colladiella is 7.8km at 7.1%. The Alto del Cordal is steeper at 9.2%, however shorter at 5.4 kilometres. They faded compared to l’Angliru.

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Degree 17 profile

L’Angliru climbs for 12.5 kilometres from 340 to 1575 metres altitude. The primary phase climbs at as much as 11.2%. The remaining 6 kilometres are inhumanly steep. The hardest phase is at Cueña las Cabres, the place the gradient hits a staggering 23.5%. There’s nonetheless a couple of kilometres to the summit, and then a brief descent ends up in the end line.

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Degree 17 and l’Angliru

In 2017, the mountain was once the web site of Alberto Contador’s remaining display. For the remaining time he introduced himself clear of all of the different riders. The report for the climb remains to be held by means of Roberto Heras, who conquered the monster in 41:55.

Alto de l’Angliru - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Alberto Contador (ESP - Trek - Segafredo) pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 20 from Corvera de Asturias - Alto de l’Angliru (117,5 km) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017
Contador on l’Angliru in 2017


Degree 18
Pola de Allande – Los angeles Cruz de Linares (178.9km)

There will likely be very sore legs after the Angliru, however level 18 isn’t a very simple. 3 Cat 1 climbs, a Cat 2 and a Cat 3 within the 180 kilometres. Round midway, there’s the Puerto de San Lorenzo (9.9km at 8.6%) after which a loop taking within the Puerto de los angeles Cruz de Linares two times.

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Degree 18 profile

The Puerto de los angeles Cruz de Linares is 850 meters above sea degree with 8.3 kilometres of mountaineering at a median of 8.6%, with sections of eleven%, 12%, 15% and 16%. May just we all know the winner of the 2023 Vuelta on the end of level 19?

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Degree 18 map


Degree 19
Los angeles Baneza – Íscar (177.1km)

Degree 19 is an actual transition level of 180 kilometres. The direction is going southeast at the Spanish plateau, which doesn’t have probably the most attention-grabbing surroundings. Giant flat planes. There may well be crosswinds which might make issues attention-grabbing, but when now not, we will be able to want a ‘ruin of the day’.

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Degree 19


Degree 20
Manzanares El Actual – Guadarrama (207.8km)

The remaining ‘right kind’ level and it will spring a marvel because of the quantity of mountaineering. There aren’t any large climbs, however there are ten Cat 3 climbs. By the use of the Colla del Portazgo and the Puerto de los angeles Cruz Verde, the race has a circuit to be ridden two times. Los angeles Escondida (9.1km at 4.1%), the Alto de Santa María de los angeles Alameda (5km at 5.6%) and the Alto de Robledondo (5.1km at 4.8%) come separately. The Puerto de los angeles Cruz Verde is climbed from the east aspect (7.2km at 3.9%), then it’s directly to the (4.6km at 6.6%).

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

There will likely be a ruin and there may just an ambush if a GC rider remains to be feeling frisky. However the 2023 Vuelta will have to be over by means of then.

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Degree 20


Degree 21
Hipódromo de los angeles Zarzuela – Madrid (101.1km)

At the ultimate day of the Vuelta a España, there would be the same old photograph pictures and cava at the brief and flat ultimate level to the capital, Madrid.

A time to rejoice

Issues gets extra attention-grabbing once they arrive within the Spanish capital. This yr, the 5.8 kilometre circuit makes use of the Paseo del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos, Calle de Alcalá and the Gran By the use of to the end on the Plaza de Cibeles. It’s possible that there will likely be any other bunch dash in Madrid, as has came about maximum years.

The general level 21 into the centre of Madrid


2023 Vuelta a España Phases (Aug 26 to Sept 17):
Degree 1: Barcelona – Barcelona 14.6km (Group Time-Trial)
Degree 2: Mataró – Barcelona 181.3 km (Hilly)
Degree 3: Súria – Arinsal. Andorra 158.5km (Mountain)
Degree 4: Andorra los angeles Vella. Andorra – Tarragona 183.4km (Hilly)
Degree 5: Morella – Burriana 185.7 km (Hilly)
Degree 6: Los angeles Vall d’Uixó – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre 181.3km (Mountain)
Degree 7: Utiel – Oliva 188.8km (Flat)
Degree 8: Dénia – Xorret de Catí 164.8km (Mountain)
Degree 9: Cartagena – Collado de los angeles Cruz de Caravaca 180.9km (Hilly)

Leisure day 1: September 4 – Valladolid

Degree 10: Valladolid – Valladolid 25km (Person time-trial)
Degree 11: Lerma – Los angeles Laguna Negra.Vinuesa 163.2km (Flat. Uphill end)
Degree 12: Ólvega – Zaragoza 165.4km (Flat)
Degree 13: Formigal. Huesca los angeles Magia – Col du Tourmalet 134.7km (Mountain)
Degree 14: Sauveterre-de-Béarn – Larra-Belagua 161.7km (Mountain)
Degree 15: Pamplona – Lekunberri 156.5km (Hilly)

Leisure day 2: 11th of September – Santander

Degree 16: Liencres Playa – Bejes 119.7km (Flat. Uphill end)
Degree 17: Ribadesella/Ribeseya – Altu de L’Angliru 122.6km (Mountain)
Degree 18: Pola de Allande – Los angeles Cruz de Linares 178.9km (Mountain)
Degree 19: Los angeles Bañeza – Íscar 177.4km (Flat)
Degree 20: Manzanares El Actual – Guadarrama 208.4km (Hilly)
Degree 21. Hipódromo de los angeles Zarzuela – Madrid. Paisaje de los angeles Luz 101km (Flat).

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