The Tour of Spain kicks off in Malaga!
The prologue individual time trial is set to take place in central Málaga
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This years race comes hot on the heels of a controversial Tour de France, where the dominant Sky team ran a gauntlet of French animosity and public suspicion. The shadow of doping and dirty tricks still hovers over the tour, and the Sky team stand accused of, at the very least, gaming the rules a bit. Last year's winner, Chris Froome, went on to win the Giro, making it three grand tours in a row, and is poised to possibly clinch a record breaking fourth at the Tour de France as I write. Will it be possible to capture an incredible fifth in Spain?
While a time trial means the race is drawn out over several hours, with plenty of opportunities to get close to the action, it's not as spectacular as watching a whole peloton pass by, or seeing the climbers racing up a steep mountainside. Incredibly he tour stays in Malaga province for a further three days! So if you have a car, and a map, you can catch the race going through some great action spots on some of the climbs. There is an uphill finish in El Chorro on Sunday which makes for spectacular viewing, as you can see from the photos below, when the tour visited the very same mountain. That morning you can catch the roll out in Marbella, and on the Monday morning it rolls out of La Cala de Mijas, which also happened three years ago. The roll out is a great moment to get close to the bikes, cars, and see the sign in of all riders. Monday sees the race roll out of Marbella, up the long high Ronda road, back round through the hills, through Mijas Pueblo, and finishing outside the city in Alhaurin de la Torre. That's a lot of opportunities to catch the race in some iconic countryside.
It also means not a little traffic disruption around the province, so be aware! If travelling to view the race, check local traffic reports and be sure to set out at least a couple of hours earlier to escape road closures. Indeed the race looks set to travel along the coastal N340 on Monday morning, the effect of which will not be pleasant on local traffic.
Here's full information on the tour - lavuelta.es/en