The official presentation of the route of La Vuelta 23 was held on the Palau de la Música Catalana on Tuesday. The Spanish tour’s 78th version will take off from Barcelona on Saturday, the twenty sixth of August and can conclude in Madrid on the seventeenth of September. Its 21 levels will embody 12 unprecedented departures and eight unprecedented finish-lines, all whereas visiting 9 autonomous communities and three international locations: Spain, Andorra and France. The cyclists will face ten high-altitude finales, 5 of that are new to La Vuelta, two time trials, seven mountains levels, six mid-mountain levels, 4 flat levels and two flat levels with high-altitude finales.
Unipublic has introduced, on Tuesday the tenth of January, the route of La Vuelta 23, that may happen between the twenty sixth of August and the seventeenth of September. For the second time in its historical past, the Spanish tour will take off from Barcelona. The town will host an city workforce time trial as its first stage and the second stage will depart from Mataró and arrive in Barcelona as soon as once more, in entrance of the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium.
Following the 2 first finish-lines in Barcelona, the peloton will then head to Andorra from Súria with the intention to expertise the race’s first mountain stage. The Principality will host La Vuelta 23’s first unprecedented high-altitude finale with a climb of Arinsal. The riders will sleep in Andorra earlier than heading South from Andorra La Vella in the direction of Tarragona with the intention to conclude the race’s preliminary Catalan and Andorran journey.
The Autonomous Neighborhood of Valencia would be the star of the following part of La Vuelta. The riders will trip by the Province of Castellón in a mid-mountain stage between Morella and Burriana. The Castellón locality of La Vall d’Uixó would be the place to begin for the following stage, heading to Teruel, with the ultimate climb as much as the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre because the day’s foremost attraction. The race’s first flat stage will happen on the seventh day, with a finale that may profit the sprinters at Oliva. The peloton will then bid farewell to the Autonomous Neighborhood of Valencia with a finale alongside the Costa Blanca, on a summit that’s already well-known to the riders: Xorret de Catí.
As a closing problem to finish the week earlier than the remaining day, the Area of Murcia will put the riders to the check with a stage starting within the coast, in Cartagena, heading inland in the direction of the finish-line in Caravaca de la Cruz.
The second week of competing will start within the Province of Valladolid with a 25-kilometre particular person time trial. The peloton will then proceed its route in the direction of Castilla y León’s West, with the intention to go to the Laguna Negra in Vinuesa. Zaragoza will present sprinters will a closing alternative earlier than heading to the Pyrenees for 2 difficult mountain levels: Aubisque and Tourmalet first, and Issarbe, Larrau and Larra-Belagua on the second day – two levels that may play a deciding position throughout the race. Pamplona and Lekunberri will host the stage earlier than the second and closing relaxation day.
The demanding nature of the race is not going to diminish within the final week of racing as, following the unprecedented high-altitude finale in Bejes, might be La Vuelta’s nice colossus: L’Angliru. The Principality of Asturias will, as soon as once more, be the choose of the race with its unprecedented high-altitude finale in Cruz de Linares, as was the case in 2022 with the Colláu Fancuaya. The Castilian wind might play an necessary position on the best way to Íscar, giving sprinters their alternative earlier than arriving in Madrid. The second-last linear stage might be held within the Guadarrama Basin in a “basic” stage format, that includes 10 third class climbs that may decide La Vuelta’s closing general winner earlier than the standard closing stage in Madrid.
Barcelona, A Metropolis That Loves Sports activities
Barcelona might be an distinctive host for the grand departure of La Vuelta 23. “Once we checked out Barcelona, we took under consideration 4 important pillars that outline town and slot in completely with La Vuelta’s personal philosophy: sports activities, sustainability, custom and innovation. As a big biking occasion, these 4 traits are extraordinarily necessary to us,” assured Javier Guillén, Common Director of La Vuelta.
La Vuelta de Los Colosos
Mountains will play an necessary position in La Vuelta’s 78th version. Acquainted summits reminiscent of Angliru, Xorret de Catí and Javalambre will function together with unprecedented summits reminiscent of Larrau, Larra-Belagua, Cruz de Linares and one among biking’s most legendary summits: the Tourmalet. “Mountains are part of La Vuelta’s DNA and can make the 2023 version very thrilling, but once more,” stated Guillén. “The Tourmalet might be a landmark within the historical past of our race and might be this yr’s nice colossus, together with the Angliru. We proceed trying to find new summits with the intention to showcase nice biking and it’s on this search that we found new finales at Larra-Belagua, Cruz de Linares and Bejes, and such mountain passes as Larrau and Issarbe,” explains the race’s Common Director.