After Jesús Herrada’s victory at the top of Laguna Negra yesterday, the riders are heading to Zaragoza this Thursday for a stage without difficulty listed and promised to the sprinters. Starting at nearly 1000 meters above sea level to arrive 800 meters lower, this short stage (150.6 km) could still present some surprises. The stages passing through Zaragoza are often very favorable to the edges, the favorites will therefore have to remain vigilant if the wind makes its appearance today. Remco Evenepoel’s Soudal Quick-Step team are regulars at the edges and could try to trap other favourites, including the Jumbo-Visma of red jersey Sepp Kuss and luxury team-mates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic.
The sprinter teams should control and the fighters will surely have less freedom than the day before. Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck), already a double stage winner, is a scarecrow on the massive arrivals in this Vuelta with a somewhat bare sprinters plateau. Alberto Dainese (Team DSM – Firmenich), winner of the Giro this year, Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and Milan Menten (Lotto Dstny) are outsiders. Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) could also get involved in the final packaging, he who discovers the qualities of sprinters this season: winner of a sprint in the Tour de Wallonie, 2nd in stage 5 of this Vuelta, won by Groves .
The stage classification and the general classification
Here is the stage classification and the general classification of the Vuelta, updated at the end of each stage:
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What are the dates for Vuelta 2023?
The Vuelta traditionally takes place after the Tour de France. For its 78th edition, the start of the Tour of Spain has been scheduled for August 26, of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, more than a month after the arrival of the Tour de France (July 23). The finish of the Tour of Spain was set three weeks later, on September 17, in Madrid.
On which TV channel to follow the Vuelta 2023?
Holder of the TV rights to the French and Italian classics as well as the three major tours (Giro, Tour de France, Vuelta), the group Eurosport has been appointed to broadcast all the stages of the Tour of Spain 2023 on its channels.
Which teams and riders are involved?
Here is the start list of the Vuelta 2023 with the competing teams and the list of riders on the starting line.
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The Vuelta 2023 route map
A route marked by the mountains and which leaves little room for mass arrivals… Here is the detail of the route of the Tour of Spain 2023 with the full map:
The list of steps
After a team time trial of 14 kilometers from the seaside of the Barcelona city, the Tour of Spain will end on the Hippodrome de la Zarzuela, in Madrid. The list of steps:
- 1st stage – Saturday August 26: Barcelona – Barcelona, 23.3 km (team time trial)
- 2nd stage – Sunday August 27: Mataró – Barcelona, 181.3 km
- 3rd stage – Monday August 28: Suria – Arinsal (Andorra), 158.5 km
- 4th stage – Tuesday August 29: Andorra la Vella (Andorra) – Tarragona, 183.4 km
- 5th stage – Wednesday August 30: Morella – Burriana, 185.7 km
- 6th stage – Thursday August 31: Vall D’Uixó – Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory, 181.3 km
- 7th stage – Friday September 1: Utiel – Oliva, 188.8 km
- 8th stage – Saturday September 2: Dénia – Xorret de Catí, 164.8 km
- 9th stage – Sunday September 3: Cartagena – Caravaca de la Cruz, 180.9 km
- *** First rest day – Monday, September 4 ***
- 10th stage – Tuesday September 5: Valladolid – Valladolid, 25 km (individual time trial)
- 11th stage – Wednesday September 6: Lerma – La Laguna Negra, Vinuesa, 163.2 km
- 12th stage – Thursday September 7: Ólvega – Zaragoza, 165.4 km
- 13th stage – Friday September 8: Formigal – Col du Tourmalet (France), 134.7 km
- 14th stage – Saturday September 9: Sauveterre-de-Béarn (France) – Larra-Belagua, 161.7 km
- 15th stage – Sunday September 10: Pamplona – Lekunberri, 156.5 km
- *** Second rest day – Monday, September 11 ***
- 16th stage – Tuesday September 12: Liencres Playa – Bejes, 119.7 km
- 17th stage – Wednesday September 13: Ribadesella – Col del Angliru, 122.6 km
- 18th stage – Thursday September 14: Pola de Allande – La Cruz de Linares, 178.9 km
- 19th stage – Friday September 15: La Bañeza – Íscar, 177.4 km
- 20th stage – Saturday September 16: Manzanares El Real – Guadarrama, 208.4 km
- 21st stage – Sunday September 17: Hippodrome de la Zarzuela – Madrid, 101 km