From 20 till 24 February, the 65th Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia, also known as the Ruta del Sol, is organized in southern Spain. Roompot – Charles Cycling Team will be at the start with seven riders. What can you expect from this five-day race? Here’s what you have to know.
The Tour of Andalusia is already at its 65th edition. Last year our forerunners Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij and Veranda ‘s Willems – Crelan were both present, with, among others, Sean De Bie, Nick van der Lijke and Oscar Riesebeek in the ranks. These three have travelled to Andalusia again, just like Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), last year’s winner. The Ruta del Sol 2019 has a strong field of participants. Six WorldTour teams will be at the start, 12 ProContinental teams and one Continental team.
All stages are broadcasted live on television by Eurosport. Via our social media channels you get a unique insight behind the scenes of our team in Spain. We provide daily updates before, during and after each stage. The weather forecasts are looking favorable – or what do you expect – with sunny days and daytime temperatures from around 16 to above 20 degrees. Perfect cycling conditions!
The five stages combined add up to 680.2 race kilometers, which are spread out in a nice loop around Andalusia. On Thursday, our riders face the longest stage (216.5 km), followed by a relatively short individual time trial on Wednesday (16.2 km). It is never really flat in Spain and that’s no different in this Ruta. The opening stage has a tough final slope and also on day two the riders will have to sprint ‘uphill’ to claim the stage victory. Lots of climbing awaits in stages 4 and 5. More information about the stages can be found here.
- Stage 1, Wednesday 20/2: Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Alcalá de los Gazules (170.5 km)
- Stage 2, Thursday 21/2: Sevilla – Torredonjimeno (216.5 km)
- Stage 3, Friday 22/2: Mancha Real – La Guardia de Jaén (16.2 km, ITT)
- Stage 4, Saturday 23/2: Armilla – Granada (119.9 km)
- Stage 5, Sunday 24/2: Otura – Alhaurín de la Torre (163.9 km)
These seven riders have been selected by our sport directors for the Ruta del Sol. For Elmar Reinders it’ll be his first race since his unfortunate crash in the Challenge Mallorca, where he broke his nose.