Ruta del Sol guide

Bradley Wiggins returns to action in five-day Spanish race

Last Updated: 23/02/14 6:26pm

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The Ruta del Sol takes place in Andalucia, Spain

The Ruta del Sol takes place in Andalucia, Spain

Sir Bradley Wiggins returns to action at the varied and challenging Ruta del Sol in Spain this week (February 19-23).

A UCI 2.1-ranked event since 2005, the five-day race (also know as the Vuelta a Andalucia) is a good indicator of form as one of the first real mountainous tests of the season.

After a 7km opening prologue, the race contains two summit finishes, one sprint stage and then a rolling day that could go a number of ways.

Wiggins is poised to play a support role for Team Sky leader Richie Porte, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the last two editions of the race and is looking to make it three in a row.

Stages

Prologue: Wednesday, February 19 - Almeria - 7km | Report

Result and general classification

Alejandro Valverde won the prologue

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 8:22
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano, +7secs
3 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, +9
4 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky, +13
5 Geraint Thomas (GB) team Sky, +14
6 Sir Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, same time
7 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar, +15
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
9 Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant-Shimano, +16
10 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing, +17

Stage 1: Thursday, February 20 - Velez to Jaen - 186.6km | Report

Result

Valverde took a solo victory on stage one

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 5:08:57
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +4secs
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice, same time
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
5 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, st
6 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, +11
7 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +12
8 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar, +15
9 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +16
10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, +17
Selected other
56 Sir Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +3:51

General classification

1 1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 5:17:19
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, +19
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros SGA, +21
4 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, +24
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing, +37
6 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, +38
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +39
8 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, +40
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice, +43
10 Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky, +44
Selected other
54 Sir Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +4:05

Stage 2: Friday, February 21 - La Guardia de Jaen to Santuario Virgen de la Sierra de Cabra - 197.1km | Report

Result

Valverde made it three from three on stage two

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 5:02:53
2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +1secs
3 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, same time
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana, st
5 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
6 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +5
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, st
8 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, st
9 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +9
10 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, st

General classification

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 10:20:12
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, +20secs
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +22
4 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, +43
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +44
6 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +51
7 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +55
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana, +1:02
9 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, +1:24
9 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +1:27

Stage 3: Saturday, February 22 - Sanlucar la Major to Sevilla - 181.8km | Report

Result

Gerald Ciolek, left, won a photo finish on stage three

1 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka, 4:17:39
2 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, same time
3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin, st
4 Niklas Arndt (Ger) Giant-Shimano, st
5 Tom van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
6 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
8 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing, st
9 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
10 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, st

General classification

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 14:37:51
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, +20secs
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +22
4 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, +33
5 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, +43
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +44
7 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +51
8 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +55
9 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana, +1:02
10 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, +1:24
Selected others
12 Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky, +1:30
71 Sir Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +16:18

Stage 4: Sunday, February 23 - Ubrique to Fuengirola - 159.8km | Report

Result

Moreno Hofland won the final stage

1 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin, 4:09:53
2 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Shimano, same time
3 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
4 Tom van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, +1sec
5 Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
6 Davide Vigano (Ita) CajaRural-Seguros RGA, st
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
8 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, st
9 Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Etixx, st
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, st

Final general classification

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, 18:47:45
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, +31secs
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +33
4 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, same time
5 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana, +43
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +55
7 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, +1:02
8 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +1:06
9 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana, +1:13
10 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, +1:24 Team Sky, +17:04

The favourites

Alejandro Valverde won the race in both 2012 and 2013 and will be favourite to retain his crown. Richie Porte won a stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, so has the form to mount a serious challenge, while Michele Scarponi (Astana) could also pose a threat.

Brit watch

Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Key stage

Stage four's summit finish on Santuario Virgen de la Sierra de Cabra is a big climb that should create big, and potentially decisive, gaps in the general classification.

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