Reminder of the profile -The 3rd stage in the Tour of Valencia is a hilly race with its peak at an altitude of 1,000 metres. The route takes in five KOM climbs and amounts to 194,3 kilometres. The last one peaks out just kilometres before the finish line.
The route is far from flat, but the riders don’t face sheer endless climbs or inhumanly steep ramps either. Following the first 50 kilometres on undulating roads the parcours starts to become more lumpy and tackles the Sot de Chera (4.1 kilometres at 5.8%). A short descent leads to the foot of the Salto de la Mora. This 5.4 kilometres climb at 4.5% is crested a few kilometres before the first passage on the line. Basically this whole section is a preview for the finale.
The route moves through Chera before descending to the foot of the Alto de Requena. Tis 5.8 kilometres climb at 4.4% peak out at 811 metres. A prolonged false flat – first down, then up – runs to the highest point of the day. No KOM points up for grabs though, but still, the reward takes the shape of a long and gradual downhill.
Up next is the Mataparda (6 kilometres at 5.4%) before another long descent leads to the second ascent of the Sot de Chera. The riders have been here before at kilometre 50. Following the climb up the Sot de Chera the route continues on the Salto de la Mora. This time, however, the riders face a final and slightly uphill stretch to the line.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the only intermediate sprint (at kilometre 85.1) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 3rd stage of the Tour of Valencia starts at 11:08 and the finish is expected around 15:59 – both local times.