Clásica de Almería kicks off Spanish cycling season in unusual style

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates)
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Finally, it's here. Three weeks after it usually gets underway, Spain's professional cycling season kicks off this weekend at the Clásica de Almería, in the rarest of opportunities in a Spanish one-day race for a sprinter to shine.

It is true that the category 1.2 Gran Premio Valencia one-day race, held just a few hundred kilometres further north, got the European season underway back on January 24th. But with so many stage races poleaxed by the pandemic, the Clásica de Almería's 1.Pro ranking means the Andalusian event will be the first chance to see WorldTour teams in action on Spanish soil this year.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.

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