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Vuelta 2023: The 16th stage cut out for Evenepoel? Profile and ranking

This Tuesday, the 16th stage towards Bejes is the first of three successive stages with a finish at the summit, and the peloton could leave it to the adventurers. The stage, very short (120 km), is far from being completely flat but does not have any difficulty listed before the final ascent (4.9 km at 8.5%). A new opportunity for Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) but also the French Romain Bardet (DSM Firmenich) and Lenny Martinez (Groupama FDJ) to win a stage, they who no longer play in the General Classification. The Belgian, who on Friday lost all hope of appearing well in the General Classification by finishing 27 minutes behind Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma), will want to finish this Vuelta in style and win as many stages as possible in addition to the white jersey with blue polka dots of best climber, which he already wears.

The favorites of the General Classification should wait until the next day, on the 17th stage, to really fight: the legendary finish at the Alto de l’Angliru never leaves anything to chance (13.1km at 9.4%, with passages at almost 20%). This legendary pass should make the favorite teams want to control the race to try to win strong at the top. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) will have a terrain that suits him perfectly to try to destabilize red jersey Sepp Kuss and his teammates. The Jumbo Visma could also, if they are still the strongest, fight among themselves for the stage victory but also the General Classification. Largely dominated by the Jumbo Visma which places Sepp Kuss, Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard in the first three places, this Tour of Spain will therefore continue to unfold in this third week, and could hold some surprises.

Stage classification and 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 the 2023 Vuelta?

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, from 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 for French and Italian classics but also for the three great tours (Giro, Tour de France, Vuelta), the group Eurosport has been appointed to broadcast all the stages of the 2023 Tour of Spain on its channels.

Which teams and riders are involved?

Here is the start list for the Vuelta 2023 with the competing teams and the list of riders on the starting line.

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    The 2023 Vuelta route map

    A route marked by the mountains and which leaves little room for mass arrivals… Here are the details of the Tour of Spain 2023 route with the full map:

    The Vuelta route map (zoom in for more details). © Vuelta

    The list of steps

    After a 14-kilometer team time trial from the seaside of the Barcelona city, the Tour of Spain will end at the Zarzuela Hippodrome 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 day of rest – 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 day of rest – Monday September 11 ***
    • 16th stage – Tuesday September 12: Liancres 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: Zarzuela Racecourse – Madrid, 101 km

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