The Ruta del Sol, also known as the Vuelta a Andalucia, sets off from Alhaurín de la Torre on Wednesday 19 February and finishes on Sunday the 23rd with a 13 kilometres individual time trial in Mijas. Its the 66th edition of the Spanish race, consisting of an extremely mountainous route. The general classification will most likely be decided on the third stage featuring four climbs over 180kms along with the international time trial.
Our Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj is positive about our competitive line up for the race: “Compared to the Volta Valenciana there is no a real uphill finish, but some stages end downhill and therefore those who are left behind climbing can recover. I think the final ITT will have a lot of twist and turns will decide the GC. We have a very competitive team with the leader Landa, but also Bilbao and Teuns who have shown that they are doing well. Then there are Mohoric and Caruso and two fast wheels like Cortina and Colbrelli”.
It’s another exciting race for our team as we welcome Mikel Landa, Damiano Caruso and Sonny Colbrelli as debutants in our Team Bahrain McLaren kit.
Mikel Landa is looking forward to being at the start of Alhaurin de la Torre: “I am very happy to start this new experience with the new team. I want to kick off the season well and to work with my new teammates. I have already participated at Ruta del Sol several times and, as usual, it’s a complete and tough race with good teams and excellent riders who have already shown that they are in good condition. It’s my first race, so one of the objectives is to check my preparation, and if I have the opportunity to win, I will certainly not back down”.
Damiano Caruso is eager to test his preparation in his first race of the season “This is my 11th season as a pro rider, but the excitement is always that of the first day of school. I arrive from the training camp at Teide, and I want to find the feeling with the races again and to compare myself with others to understand how I’m doing”.
Sonny Colbrelli is excited about his first Team Bahrain McLaren race “Finally we start again with the races! I’m very happy that my season starts with such a challenging race such as Ruta del Sol, where I will have a couple of chances to try and win. I just finished the preparation with my teammates at Tenerife, where I worked a lot on the endurance with an eye on the Belgians classics”.
TBM’s line-up for Ruta del Sol: Mikel Landa, Pello Bilbao, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli, Ivan Cortina, Matej Mohoric and Dylan Teuns.
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