The 2018 Ruta del Sol (February 14-18) will see some of the world’s top riders compete over five stages in the south of Spain.
The race, which is a 2.1 category race and part of the UCI Europe Tour, offers a varied parcours with stages for every type of rider, and has therefore attracted some pretty big names.
With two uphill finishes on stage two and four, the race has attracted some big name GC riders including Chris Froome (Team Sky) who is riding his first race of the 2018 season, Mikel Landa (Movistar), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)
However there are also two stages for the sprinters on stages one and three, with Sacha Modlo (EF Education First-Drapac), Clément Venturini (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) among the fastmen in the race.
The third stage is the flattest of the race, covering 166.1 largely featureless kilometres between Mancha Real and Herrera, where a bunch sprint looks inevitable.
The Ruta del Sol continues on Saturady with a 194.7km stage from Sevilla to Alcalá de los Gazules, including a tough first category climb midway through the stage, and a punchy uphill finish.