As early season races go, the Ruta del Sol is certainly a toughie. A split stage on day one with a road race and a time trial, as well as two category one summit finishes later in the race, riders have little time to find their race legs if they're hoping to pull out a result .
But it's also the first time for many riders that they'll be taking new bikes, setups and kit into competitive action, and for some possibly the start of racing with a whole new team.
Cycling Weekly's Chris Catchpole took his camera out to Andalucia to catch an inside glimpse at the five-day spanish race.
An Ag2r team Focus Izalco max wait for its rider by the team bus entrance
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