After Rui Costa's victory on the 15th stage, the third week of the Vuelta begins this Tuesday with an arrival in Bejes, where the Belgian will want to shine again.
This Tuesday, the 16th stage towards Bejes is the first of three successive stages with a finish at the summit, and the peloton could leave it to the adventurers. The stage, very short (120 km), is far from completely flat but does not have any difficulty listed before the final ascent (4.9 km at 8.5%). A new opportunity for Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) but also the French Romain Bardet (DSM Firmenich) and Lenny Martinez (Groupama FDJ) to win a stage, they who no longer play in the General Classification. The Belgian, who on Friday lost all hope of appearing well in the General Classification by finishing 27 minutes behind Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma), will want to finish this Vuelta in style and win as many stages as possible in addition to the white jersey with blue polka dots of best climber, which he already wears.
The favorites of the General Classification should wait until the next day, on the 17th stage, to really fight: the legendary finish at the Alto de l'Angliru never leaves anything to chance (13.1km at 9.4%, with passages at almost 20%). This legendary pass should make the favorite teams want to control the race to try to win strong at the top. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) will have a pitch that suits him perfectly to try to destabilize the red jersey Sepp Kuss and his teammates. The Jumbo Visma could also, if they are still the strongest, fight among themselves for the stage victory but also the General Classification. Largely dominated by the Jumbo Visma which places Sepp Kuss, Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard in the first three places, this Tour of Spain will therefore continue to evolve in this third week, and could hold some surprises.
Here is the stage classification and the general classification of the Vuelta, updated at the end of each stage:
The Vuelta traditionally takes place after the Tour de France. For its 78th edition, the start of the Tour of Spain has been scheduled for August 26, from Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, more than a month after the arrival of the Tour de France (July 23). The finish of the Tour of Spain was set three weeks later, on September 17, in Madrid.
Holder of the TV rights for the French and Italian classics but also for the three grand tours (Giro, Tour de France, Vuelta), the Eurosport group has been appointed to broadcast all of the stages of the 2023 Tour of Spain on its channels.
Here is the start list of the Vuelta 2023 with the competing teams and the list of riders on the starting line.
A route marked by the mountains and which leaves little room for mass arrivals... Here are the details of the Tour of Spain 2023 route with the full map:
After a 14-kilometer team time trial from the seaside of the Barcelona city, the Tour of Spain will end at the Zarzuela Hippodrome in Madrid. The list of steps: