La Vuelta Femenina 2023: stages, profiles and route

A historic Vuelta, the first with the name of La Vuelta Femenina, will be held in 2023. From May 1 to 7, starting in Torrevieja and ending in the Lakes of Covadonga, The race will cover a total of 730.5 kilometers through seven stages: a team time trial, two mountain stages, another mid-mountain stage and three flats make up the menu. There will be, of course, an individual general classification as well as a general classification by points, a general classification of the mountains and a combative jersey. We review the seven stages of this new edition:

Stage 1, Torrevieja-Torrevieja, 14.5 km (team time trial), Monday May 1

The first edition of La Vuelta Femenina will begin with a team time trial. The layout will be similar to the one followed by the men’s teams at the official start of La Vuelta 19, putting the cyclists’ technique to the test on an urban layout. It will serve to open the first differences, although small, among the strongest.


Stage 2, Orihuela-Pilar de la Horadada, 105.1 km (flat), Tuesday May 2

Flat stage quite winding in its initial part, with multiple passes through towns. In the final part, the cyclists will have to face a 4th category port that will be used to decide the first wearer of the mountain jersey. This difficulty in the final part should not prevent a massive arrival at the sprint.


Stage 3, Elche de la Sierra-La Roda, 148.2 km (flat), Wednesday May 3

It will be the longest stage of the edition, with 148 kilometers. The sprinters will have a new opportunity to sprint, but first they must be attentive to the characteristic wind of the province of Albacete, which could cause cuts in the peloton.


Stage 4, Cuenca-Guadalajara, 133.1 km (flat), Thursday, May 4

A flat stage with a favorable end, again, for the sprint, although it will be somewhat more winding than the previous one. The teams of the fastest cyclists will have to control the race so that their sprinters risk victory at the finish line. The Alto de Horche, third, can mark the final stretch.


Stage 5, La Cabrera-Peñas Llanas Viewpoint. Riaza, 129.2 km (mountain), Friday May 5

First mountainous stage of the race. Passing through Navafría in the middle of the stage can cause the race to reach the final ascent broken. On the way to the Mirador de Riaza, the cyclists will have to face a five-kilometer ascent to this unprecedented peak of La Vuelta that will see the favorites risking the race.


Stage 6, Castro Urdiales-Laredo, 106.7 km (medium mountain), Saturday May 6

The weekend will begin with a medium-mountain stage, with two second-category ports in the final part and a similar profile to the second stage of the last edition of the race. What is foreseeable is that the favorites will try to have a tough day and that the victory will be played in a small group sprint.


Stage 7, Pola de Siero-Lagos de Covadonga, 93.7 km (mountain), Sunday May 7

The ascent to Lagos de Covadonga, unprecedented in La Vuelta Femenina, will be the great attraction of the race. After a few flat kilometers, the cyclists will face a second category climb, the Collado Moandi. The spectacular Asturian colossus will crown the winner of the first edition of La Vuelta Femenina.


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