The route of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es
February 28 th 2023 - 19:30 [GMT + 1]
The Torrevieja Auditorium hosted the official presentation of the very first edition of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es on Tuesday. The Spanish tour will take off from Torrevieja on the 1st of May, from the Costa Blanca, and will end on the 7th at Lagos de Covadonga. During its seven stages, the race will visit eight provinces in six autonomous communities. From a sporting point of view, the riders will face one team time trial, three flat stages, one mid-mountain stage and two mountain stages - both with high-altitude finales.
On Tuesday, the 28th of February, Unipublic presented the route of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es that will be held between the 1st and 7th of May. The Spanish tour will take off from Torrevieja, just as the men’s race did back in 2019. The Costa Blanca will host the first stage, a team time trial, with an urban outline. The second stage will also take place in Alicante, between the municipalities of Orihuela and Pilar de la Horadada.
Following the two first days in the Costa Blanca, the peloton will venture into the Province of Albacete. Elche de la Sierra will be the departure point for the race’s longest stage, consisting of 148 kilometres, headed towards La Roda.
The peloton of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es will continue North, connecting two province capitals, Cuenca and Guadalajara, in a stage that is likely to favour sprinters within the Guadalajara municipality. The race’s first high-altitude finale will arrive in the fifth stage, with a 5-kilometre climb up to the Mirador de Riaza – a 2nd category climb. The riders will, first, have to face the ascent of Navafría following their departure from the Madrid municipality of La Cabrera.
The North will play an important role during the weekend stages. On Saturday, Cantabria will host the sixth stage, between Castro-Urdiales and Laredo. The climbs up to Fuente de las Baras and Campo el Hayal, both 2nd category climbs, already present in the 8th edition of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta, will mark a stage held entirely on Cantabrian territory.
The Grand Finale will take place in Asturias. The final stage will commence in Pola de Siero and will head to the Principality’s Eastern part in search of the final climb at Lagos de Covadonga. This climb, one of La Vuelta’s most mythical ones, will be the culminating point for the first edition of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es, just a few days after the 40th anniversary of its debut in the Spanish tour, on the 2nd of May 1983.
ANNEMIEK VAN VLEUTEN AND MAVI GARCÍA
“To end in such a famous location is essential for the race’s media impact as it results in more coverage for the event. I’m glad La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es has chosen such as well-known climb. I’m excited, I know what to expect, it’s a very tough climb. It’s also good that we have some flat stages, as they also help to make the race very exciting. It’s a very complete Vuelta,” said Annemiek van Vleuten, winner of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta in 2022.
“I think it’s a varied route, with opportunities for many different riders. It’s true that the general classification will go to the climbers, but the team time trial and the flat stages will provide opportunities for the other riders. I think it’ll be a very complete race,” said Mavi García, team trial winner and Spanish Road Cycling Champion.
A RACE WITH GLOBAL MEDIA COVERAGE
La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es is a race with global media coverage which includes 15 TV broadcasters and 2 hours of broadcasting daily. For the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 22, over 800,000 people went to the side of the road to watch the race and over 58 million people watched it on digital media, according to an audience impact study carried out by Telefónica Tech.
TORREVIEJA, THE CYCLING HEART OF THE COSTA BLANCA
The Costa Blanca will, once again, be the global cycling epicentre in 2023. This habitual location for the cycling preseason, a training haven, will shoot the starting gun for the first edition of La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es. “The Costa Blanca will, once again, show its support for cycling and La Vuelta by hosting the Grand Departure of La Vuelta Femenina. The Costa Blanca has become a very attractive destination for cycling lovers, as well as the ideal setting to launch the first edition of La Vuelta Femenina,” said Fernando Escartín, Director of La Vuelta Femenina.