The Tour of Andalusia and other survival exercises

Outside of its usual dates, after enormous organizational stress, the Vuelta a Andaluca begins. Colombian Miguel ngel Lpez is the big favorite. Much great sprinter in a mountainous route and without chrono.

Miguel ngel Lpez, last week in the Challenge Mallorca.

This Tuesday and until Saturday the 67 Vuelta a Andaluca will be held, starting in Cala de MIjas (Malaga) and ending after five stages in Pulp (Almera). The edition is a living example of what cycling organizers suffer when they have to maintain the business that has taken so many years to build outside their usual dates.

Joaqun Cuevas and his team have found the support of the sponsors and also of many of the top-tier teams although cohabitation with the Giro d’Italia and other competitions reduce the number of medical runners present at the start. Organizing is dying a bit and, although they are consolidated, These second-tier competitions have a worse time than those of the world calendar such as the Spanish Volta a Catalunya or Vuelta al Pas Vasco. But the blood never reaches the river. And the Route of the Sun, also so baptized, It starts this May 18 with good spirits.


Knows the uncertainty Homemade Angel, organizer of the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana, which last year, like the Andalusian round, narrowly fought the cancellation tsunami, and in this 2021 had to fight with the change of dates from February to April, with many other important races on identical or neighboring dates. Some major teams were unable to complete the minimum six-runner lineup and they caused low; others of lesser category were able to balance the scale by increasing their number to nine thanks to the permission of the UCI and in the end, with the battle between the Swiss Stefan Kng and Enric Mas for the general, the show was very animated.

Both races enjoy the key element: television. Project the competition to 190 countries through Eurosport It is the perfect hook for the cycling spectator from so many corners of the world, essential for localities and county councils that support the test in exchange for tourist diffusion and the pride of the private companies that collaborate with the cause. This is not the case with other events such as Mallorca Challenge. The transmission of the race has been vital for the Almera Classic or the Vuelta a Murcia (reduced again to a single day) next Saturday, coinciding with the last stage of the Vuelta a Andaluca.

From Lpez to Cavendish

This year’s Ruta del Sol presents a good program, despite the Giro. The stages will be advanced to earlier hours (end at approximately 3.30pm) so as not to overlap with the Italian Grand Tour. It has the very important support of main first division teams: Movistar Team, Ineos Grenadiers, Deceuninck Quick Step, Astana Premier Tech, Jumbo Visma, UAE Emirates, Trek, Team BikeExchange and Israel Start-Up Nation. Los espaoles de second escaln –Euskaltel Euskadi, Caja Rural RGA, Burgos BH y Kern Pharma– they come in their best clothes along with two other foreigners of their category: Gazprom, who comes with Ilnur Zakarin, and the usual guest in the Vuelta a Andaluca, Sport Vlaanderen Baloise.

Undoubtedly, Michelangelo Lopez (Movistar Team) is the runner with the highest category of all those who attend the event looking at the general ranking. That does not mean that I will win on the street, but it certainly is superior to the opponents that we can think of: Zakarin, scar Rodrguez (Astana), Carlos Rodrguez, Edward Dunbar (Ineos), Dani Navarro (Burgos), Ryan Gibbons (Team BikeExchange), Roger Adri (Kern Pharma)…

There are very rough terrain to give joy to many climbers, climbers, climbers in the abundant middle mountain. And therein lies the paradox, that the sprinters payroll is especially notable while the stages are mostly complicated for them.

Show in the Sierra de Segura

This first one does not have much flat terrain and ends on the Zahara de la Sierra slope after 152 wavy lines. It would not be a bad bet Matteo Trentin on a UAE Emirates that comes with Alexander Kristoff; either Daryl impey, who is accompanying Andre Greipel in the Israel Sart-Up Nations; O Luke Durbridge, from the BikeExchange.

Surely the first international figure, especially after his successes in the Tour of Turkey (four stage victories) be the English Mark Cavendish, accompanied by another good sprinter at Deceuninck, the Colombian lvaro Hodeg, which comes from winning a Belgian kermesse. But the inaugural round can be made ball for them, so they will have a better chance on Friday in Cyar vega and some less in the last stage ending in Pulp.

Mountain’s main course is Thursday. A route of 176.9 kilometers completely from Jaén between Beas de Segura and Villarodrigo, with two first category ports in the first half of the stage followed by two other complicated second category and arrival in a level of third. Before, on Wednesday, there will be a first test for climbers between Iznajar (Cordoba) and Alcal la Real (Jan), with a last kilometer ascending to the Castle Fortress of La Mota.

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