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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2023 (February 1-5)

The hardest edition of this race, at least since its reincarnation.

Startlist

Stage 1: Orihuela - Altea, 190.0k

The least difficult one, but certainly not a nailed-on sprint.

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Rates:
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Alto de
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Stage 2: Novelda - Alto de Pinos (Benissa), 178.5k
First GC day, with Cumbre del Sol as the penultimate climb and the hardest uphill finish of the race.

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Maimo (final 12.4k onl
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Tibi:
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Benifallim:
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Confrides (final 5.5k only):
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La Fustera:
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Cumbre del Sol (only the first 3.2k, just like at the 2019 Vuelta):
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Alto de Pinos (finish): the profile below minus the final 2k, then 300 metres at 2% to the finis
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Stage 3: Bétera - Sagunto, 145.0k
The return of Garbí, from its conventional side. This is another GC day, the summit is a bit closer to the line than in the 2018 stage won by Valverde in a three-up sprint and significantly closer than in the 2017 Vuelta stage lit up by Contador.

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The uncategorised climb in the first part of the stage (first 15.4k only):
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Las Canteras (the little bumps before Oronet):
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Oronet (final 4.8k only):
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Garbí:
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(stages 4 and 5 in a separate post)
 
Stage 4: Burriana - Alto la Cova Santa (Altura), 189.9k
Second and final uphill finish, not a particularly hard one though.

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Ahín:
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Collado de Ayódar (first 4.0k only):
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Torralba del Pinar (= Felinaque, KOM, same climb where Evenepoel smoked everyone last year) + the actual Puerto de Torralba del Pinar (uncategorised):
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Montmayor (first 16.4k only):
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Alto la Cova Santa (finish): same profile as above, but only the first 13.9k

Stage 5: Paterna - Valencia, 93.2k
Same junior-length, same stage hosts, radically different route compared to previous years. The mid-stage climb is the other, lesser-known difficult side of Garbí, under a different name.

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Oronet:
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La Frontera (= Garbí):
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Think stage fave is more likely to be a sprint finish, then on stage one.
With a 5,5km 9% average climb 40 km from the finish? Sprint, yes maybe, but definitely not a full bunch sprint with your normal sprinter types. Unless they really soft pedal that climb, which would be a surprise considering there must be at least some teams that still feel like they can gain something.
 
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