The return to Spain 2019, which will start the Alicante town of Torrevieja On August 24, it will have several key stages that could mark the final classification:
1st stage: Salinas de Torrevieja-Torrevieja, 18 km
After starting in 2018 with an individual time trial after nine years, the Vuelta returns this year to start with a team time trial in a level stage of 18 km with exit in the Salinas de Torrevieja and arrival in Torrevieja.
2nd stage: Benidorm – Calpe, 193 km
The mountain, trademark of the Vuelta, appears in the second stage with a route that includes a third category high and two second, one of them 20 km from the finish.
5th stage: L'Eliana – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, 165.6 km
The Vuelta goes into the lands of Teruel for its first great arrival in the unprecedented Peak of the Vulture, where the astrophysical observatory of Javalambre is located at 2,000 m altitude with an increase of 11.8 km and some ramps of 7.3%. A stage that can begin to make a difference.
7th stage: Onda – Mas de la Costa, 182.4 km
A stage that combines first 80 km coastal plain before getting into a harsh mountainous terrain with two ports of third category, two of second and the arrival in one of first. A stage in which the favorites will have to be attentive.
9th stage: Andorra La Vella – Cortals d'Encamp, 96.6 km
The Vuelta goes into Andorra for one of the decisive stages for the general with arrival in the Alto Els Cortals first category. Until arriving there, the cyclists will have had to overcome two other ports of second, one of first and another of special category. The stage will also have, for the first time in the Vuelta, a stretch of four kilometers of gravel that will test the runners.
10th stage: Jurançon – Pau, 36.1 km, individual time trial
The Vuelta will go through France after its first day of rest with an individual time trial of 36.1 km, which can be used to screen and mark differences.
13th stage: Bilbao – Los Machucos, 167.3 km
After passing through the Basque Country, the Vuelta returns to the Alto de Los Machucos two years after its premiere in the Spanish round, a very hard stage that, undoubtedly, will serve to select the favorites and in which the runners will climb four ports of third category, two of second and end in one of special category.
16th stage: Pravia – Alto de la Cubilla, 155 km
After a flat stage favorable to the sprinters in the 14th stage, a mountainous double in Asturias arrives that culminates with this tour between Pravia and Alto de la Cubilla, First class. Two other third-class ports and two first-class ones will test riders at this stage, whose winner may have great options to take the Vuelta.
18th stage: Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra, 180.9 km
La Vuelta arrives in the Madrid region with a tough stage with four first-class ports, in which everyone will have to be very attentive. In 2015, a similar stage allowed Fabio Aru unseat Tom Dumoulin of the leadership of the Spanish round.
20th stage: Arenas de San Pedro – Platform of Gredos, 189 km
The penultimate stage promises spectacle in a route with arrival in a port of third category after crossing another two of first, one of second and another third. Whoever arrives at this stage will be forced to be very vigilant before the possible last-minute assaults the eve of arrival at the finish line in Madrid.