Vuelta a Andalucía 2019 odds
Who wins Vuelta a Andalucía 2019?
Vuelta a Andalucía 2019
The sixty-fifth edition of the Vuelta a Andalucia (known as the Ruta Del Sol), starts on Wednesday 20th February from Sanlúcar de Barrameda and finishes in Alhaurín de la Torre on Sunday 24th February. The five-day stage race around Andalucia is part of the UCI Europe Tour and was won in 2018 by Tim Wellens (Team Lotto Soudal), who beat Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Marc Soler (Movistar Team) on the podium.
The 2019 route features a Queen Stage on its fourth day and an individual time trial (ITT) on a hilly third day.
The 2019 route
Stage 1 - Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Alcalá de los Gazules - flat
Stage 2 - Sevilla – Torredonjimeno - flat
Stage 3 - Mancha Real – La Guardia de Jaén - ITT
Stage 4 - Armilla – Granada - mountains
Stage 5 - Otura – Alhaurín de la Torre - hills
The key stages of the 2019 route will be the third ITT stage and the Queen Stage to Granada on stage four.
Stage one begins with a fairly flat stage, which Tim Wellens won last year. Stage two is a little up and down but should see a sprint finish at the end.
For the ITT on stage three, the title hopefuls and time trial specialists will be looking for big gains. At 16.2 km, the ITT route is a tricky one, including a 5km climb before the descent to the line.
The biggest stage is the Queen Stage on the fourth day. The route takes the cyclists over two category 1 climbs to Granada, and the Puerto de Monachil (8.2 km at 7.5% gradient) is a potential climb that could decide the winner.
The Vuelta a Andalucía 2019 wraps up with a hilly last stage, finishing in Alhaurín de la Torre.
The 2019 favourites
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) is always a favourite when he races here. Valverde won the race in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, making him the record holder. He’s also taken eight stages, making him the record holder for most stage wins too.
This year, British Vuelta-winner Simon Yates (Team Mitchelton-Scott) and defending champion Tim Wellens will be the heavy favourites to kick off their seasons in style. They’ll face stiff competition from Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), Ion Izagirre (Astana Pro Team) and Mikel Landa (Movistar Team). Simon Yates’ brother, Adam (who also races for Team Mitchelton-Scott), will also be hoping for a podium finish.
Best competitors by ranking
1YATES Simon 988
2KRUIJSWIJK Steven 845
3FUGLSANG Jakob 688
4IZAGIRRE Ion 674
5LANDA Mikel 636
6WELLENS Tim 580
7YATES Adam 531