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Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol 2014

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February 19-23

2014 Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol

Returning in 2014 is the race known as the 'Ruta del Sol' with several big names ready to challenge for the overall victory. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is defending the tile he was won in the past two years in a race that has been dominated by Spaniards in the last two decades. Since 1998 only three non-Iberian riders have won the event with Michael Rogers the most recent in 2010.

Lining up is 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) while Michele Scarponi will be looking to impress in his new Astana team colours. Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) will be looking to mop up flat stages and continue his good start to the year so far.

The race begins with a short prologue but it is Stage 2 from La Guardia de Jaén to Cabra that is set to decide the overall classification as the queen stage of the five day race.

Stages

  1. Alejandro Valverde is honored as the first race leader.
    PrologueWednesday, February 19 2014
    Location:
    Almeria - Almeria
    Distance:
    7.3km
  2. Breakaway of the day featuring Alexis Guerin (Ettix), Nico Sijmens (Wanty) and Jaco Venter (MTN). Other riders in the group are Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), David Lozano (Novo Nordisk), Jesus Ezquerra (Active Jet), Benat Txoperena (Euskadi), Arakdiusz Owsian (CCC), Stephane Poulhies (Cofidis), Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport) and Lennard Hofstede (Rabobank)
    Stage 1Thursday, February 20 2014
    Location:
    Vélez Malaga - Jaén
    Distance:
    186km
  3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the Ruta del Sol leader's jersey after winning the prologue
    Stage 2Friday, February 21 2014
    Location:
    La Guardia de Jaén - Cabra
    Distance:
    197km
  4. Haritz Orbe (Euskadi), Edward Theuns (Topsport) and Martijn Tusveld (Rabobank), breakaway of the day. Fabio Silvestre (Trek) was part of the move, but had to let the breakaway go because of team directions: they wanted him to sprint. The Portuguese rider delivered an 8th place.
    Stage 3Saturday, February 22 2014
    Location:
    Sanlúcar La Mayor - Sevilla
    Distance:
    182km
  5. Moreno Hofland (Belkin) wins the final stage
    Stage 4Sunday, February 23 2014
    Location:
    Ubrique - Fuengirola
    Distance:
    157km