This is the page for the Vuelta a España 2023. The Tour of Spain will take place from August 26 to September 17. The race starts with a team time trial in Barcelona and also ends with a parade towards Madrid. Below you will find all the information!
The Vuelta a España 2023 can truly be described as a climber's course. Vuelta boss Javier Guillén referred to it at the presentation as 'a very powerful route', with the Vuelta reaching 'to the sky' several times, alluding to the ten (!) mountain top finishes. 'It is a very complete course, starting and finishing in big cities and with ten mountain top arrivals. It is a traditional route, mixed with innovations. Very international, too, since we cross three countries and visit places on the coast and inland.'
In all three weeks, there is something for everyone. The sprinters have limited chances, with about four or five opportunities for success, and even then, they are not always certain. There are two time trials, one on the opening day in a team time trial through Barcelona and one on day ten around Valladolid. This means there are few time trial kilometers in the course, another advantage for the climbers.
The mountain top finishes can be counted on two hands, ten in total. And that's not to mention the hilly or mountain stages that don't end at the top but will be tough. In the first week, the riders visit Andorra and finish on top of the Javalambre. In the second week, the Vuelta finishes for the first time on the Tourmalet in France and also has mountain top finishes at La Laguna Negra and Larra Belagua.
The third week is the hardest, as it should be. There are many short stages waiting, but they are all very tough. After stages of 119 and 122 kilometers, we finish the first two days after the last rest day mountain top in Bejes and on the steep Angliru. A trio of tough mountain stages is concluded with a stage to La Cruz de Linares. The sprinters have two more opportunities in the final week (in Íscar and on the final day in Madrid), and on the penultimate day of the Vuelta, the general classification is decided with a stage that includes more than 4,000 meters of climbing and ten (!) third-category climbs.