2019 Ruta del Sol route announced

Wout Poels, Tim Wellens and Marc Soler on the final Ruta del Sol podium

The route for the 2019 Ruta del Sol (Vuelta a Andalucia) has been announced with a punchy 120-kilometre queen stage set to decide the overall winner. The five-day Spanish race, which was won by Tim Wellens this season, will take place between February 20 and 24. The Ruta del Sol will once again provide opportunities for a variety of riders to get an early win on the board in 2019. The opening two stages into Alcalá de los Gazules and Toredonjimeno respectively are expected to be hilly but should see the sprinters battle it out for the honours. The two halves of the race will be split by a 16.2-kilometre time trial from Mancha Real to La Guardia de Jaén. As ever, it won’t be a straightforward affair with several technical sections and a third category climb up to the 7 pilillas before the descent towards the finish line. Stage ...

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