Vuelta a Andalucía 'Ruta del Sol' 2020 – preview

GRANADA SPAIN FEBRUARY 23 Peloton Landscape Mountains during the 65th Ruta del Sol 2019 Stage 4 a 1199km stage from Armilla to Granada 65RdS Ruta del Sol on February 23 2019 in Granada Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
The peloton roll through the Andalucían countryside in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Who said early season races were 'preparation races'? The 66th edition of the Vuelta a Andalucía, or Ruta del Sol, looks set to be one of the hardest of recent history, with three out of the five stages heading deep into the mountains of southern Spain, a difficult final time trial, and only one, unlikely, opportunity for a bunch sprint.

Spain's most venerable early season stage race – albeit with various gaps and changes of name, Andalucía began way back in 1925 – used to be an event where  sprinters and Classics specialists would sometimes find they had as much of a chance of winning as the mountain men.

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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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