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Fuglsang out to reclaim Vuelta a Andalucía crown after strong start

Stage one took in stunning scenery in the Serranía de Ronda.
Stage one took in stunning scenery in the Serranía de Ronda. / EFE
  • The Dane retains the overall lead after winning the first stage of this UCI ProSeries event which draws to a close in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday afternoon

Some of the world’s best cyclists have taken to the region’s streets this week as the Vuelta a Andalucía, also known as the Ruta del Sol, returned for another year.

Proceedings got under way on Wednesday with the first stage departing from Alhaurín de la Torre, before embarking on a 173.8-kilometre route through the Serranía de Ronda and finishing in Grazalema.

This stage was won by defending champion Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) after a fascinating duel with another of the big-name competitors, Mikel Landa (Bahrian-McLaren) at Puerto de las Palomas.

The Dane carried his good form into the second stage which departed from the emblematic Plaza de España in the regional capital, Seville. Spain’s Gonzalo Serrano won the stage to Iznájar but Fuglsang retains the overall lead ahead of today’s (Friday) third stage.

Friday is Jaén’s turn in the spotlight, with the 175.9-kilometre stage crossing terrain between the provincial capital and Úbeda.

Granada province features in the penultimate stage tomorrow between Villanueva Mesía and the city of the Alhambra, before the tour ends with a short 13-kilometre stage in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday.

This sixty-sixth edition of the race has stirred greater interest than ever before with an impressive lineup confirmed after the news that it had been promoted to a UCI ProSeries event, with more world ranking points up for grabs as a result.