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

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


Stage 1: Orihuela - Altea, 190.0k

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


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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.

Maimo (final 12.4k onl



Confrides (final 5.5k only):

La Fustera:

Cumbre del Sol (only the first 3.2k, just like at the 2019 Vuelta):

Alto de Pinos (finish): the profile below minus the final 2k, then 300 metres at 2% to the finis

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.

The uncategorised climb in the first part of the stage (first 15.4k only):

Las Canteras (the little bumps before Oronet):

Oronet (final 4.8k only):


(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.


Collado de Ayódar (first 4.0k only):

Torralba del Pinar (= Felinaque, KOM, same climb where Evenepoel smoked everyone last year) + the actual Puerto de Torralba del Pinar (uncategorised):

Montmayor (first 16.4k only):

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.


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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First race of Vlasov and Jungels since he moved to Bora. Wonder if he needs to help Vlasov or ride his own race. Also eager to see Arensman and Carlos Rodriguez after their successful Vuelta.
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