The hardest climbs of the Vuelta a España 2023? Tourmalet, Angliru, Cruz de Linares

Weeks two and three hold some serious challenges for GC contenders and their team-mates

(Image credit: David Ramos)

With no less than 10 summit finishes, the Vuelta a España 2023 route is a climber's dream. Not all of these are high mountains but nearly all are around or well above the 1,000m altitude mark – tough climbs. Some are tougher than others though, the climbs that the riders (GC pretenders or not) are likely to sleep just a little more fitfully the night before. These are the places where the Vuelta a España 2023 will be affected, even decided.

Col du Tourmalet

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.