2015 Vuelta a España to have uphill finish on second day

Spectacular Caminito del Rey will be setting for first of Vuelta's 10 summits

Vuelta a España race director Javier Guillén has revealed details of the opening four stages of next year's race, which will start on August 22 with a short time trial between Puerto Banús and Marbella – it has still to be decided whether this will be a team or an individual test.

The major surprise at the presentation in Málaga was the announcement of a stage up to the jaw-dropping Caminito del Rey on day two. This narrow walkway, built in the early part of the 20th century and closed for many years, is cut into a sheer cliff-face. After major restoration work, its reopening next year will be highlighted by the Vuelta's visit with a stage starting in Alhaurín de la Torre and featuring an uphill finish.

Day three will take the riders from Mijas to Málaga. Estepona will be the start town for the race's fourth and final day in the Málaga region. That stage will head west to Vejer de la Frontera, near Cádiz.

Guillén will unveil the final route in Torremolinos on January 10. However, substantial sections of it are already in the public domain. As the race moves north towards the Pyrenees and Andorra, there will be a stage into Murcia that will include passage over the Cresta del Gallo. It will transfer from Valencia to Andorra for a rest day followed by what local resident and stage consultant Joaquim Rodríguez has described as "the toughest stage for some years".

The three days the race spends in Andorra will include at least one of the 10 summit finishes, all of them new to the Vuelta. The identity of three of these new climbs have been released: the Fuente del Chivo, the Sotres and Ermita del Alba in the Cantabrian/Asturian mountains.

Following these stages there will be a rest day and then a long time trial in Burgos four days before the finish. A stage starting in Medina del Campo will head into the mountains near Ávila, before a final mountain test in the Sierra de Guadarrama, north of Madrid. After last year's finale in Santiago de Compostela, the Vuelta will return to its traditional finishing point in the Spanish capital, although it is understood that the evening finish will remain in place.

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