Stage 3

Friday February 04 2022 - Alicante to Alto De Las Antenas - 156.3 km Mtn Finish

The Queen Stage of the Tour of Valencia amounts to 156 kilometres. After the start in Alicante the riders face five ascents before finishing on top of the partly unpaved and excessively steep finish climb in the Sierra del Maigmó.

Alicante and pro-pelotons, that’s a solid combination. Last year’s Vuelta finished at the nearby Balcón de Alicante (Michael Storer victory), while the Tour of Valencia finished in the town itself a couple of months earlier. Which was bingo for Arnaud Démare. Three year ago, both La Vuelta and the Tour of Valencia finshed in the town, resulting in voctories for Sam Bennett and Matteo Trentin, respectively.

No sprinter will look forward to the action ahead when clipping into his pedals in sprint paradise Alicante. The 3rd stage of the Tour of Valencia is tailor made for climbers. The route travels over five intermediate passes before finishing on a climb with 3 kilometres of ‘camino de tierra’ – or, unpaved surface.

The finale follows the route of last year’s Vuelta stage to the Balcón de Alicante. With almost 10 kilometres remaining the riders move through Tibi to continue to the foot of the same climb. In fact, the first 3 kilometres are the same, but then a righthander takes them onto the last 3 kilometres of dust road. The finish is located near ‘Las Antenas del Maigmó’.

The finish climb is 5.5 kilometres long and averages 10.4%. The lasts 1.5 kilometres go up at an unforgiving 13%.