Ruta del Sol 2018: Everything you need to know about Chris Froome's return to racing

Full details of the Ruta del Sol 2018 including route, start list, TV guide, and favourites

The peloton on stage four of the 2017 Volta a Catalunya

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Ruta del Sol 2018 (February 14-18), otherwise known as the Vuelta a Andalucia, will see Chris Froome return to racing for the first time since news of his adverse analytical finding broke at the 2017 Vuelta a España broke in mid-December.

Froome has ridden the Ruta del Sol on two occasions in the past, finishing in 50th place while working as a domestique in 2011, before returning in 2015 when he won the race overall ahead by just two seconds ahead of Alberto Contador.

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Stage oneWednesday, Feb 14Mijas to Granada197.6km
Stage twoThursday, Feb 15Otura to La Guarda de Jaén (Alto de Allanadas)140km
Stage threeFriday, Feb 16Mancha Real to Herrera166.1km
Stage fourSaturday, Feb 17Sevilla to Alcalá de los Gazules194.7km
Stage fiveSunday, Feb 18Barbate to Barbate14.2km (ITT)

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