Spain’s premier road cycling event, La Vuelta, comes to the Costa Blanca this Sunday (August 30th) with the ninth stage over 168 kilometres that starts in Torrevieja at 1.34pm snaking up the coast using the N332 most of the time, to Cumbre del Sol in Benitatxell.  The competitors will finish up in Murcia City tomorrow night (Saturday) after taking part in a stage that will see them take in the western part of the Murcia region, including cycling through Caravaca and Molina de Segura. The ninth stage essentially takes La Vuelta into the second week, with the finish in Madrid the following Sunday. The cyclists will gather at Torrevieja’s iconic  Hombre del Mar statue at 1.18 and then head along down the Paseo through to the junction of Calle Purisima, moving along by the sea passing Los Locos and then onto the junction of Carretera del Torrejon and Avenida Ronda Samper where the stage will begin at 1.34pm with the leading riders expected to hit Cumbre del Sol at around 5.40pm. Guardamar, Santa Pola, and El Altet will be some of the places the cyclists will be passing through on the southern stretch of the stage, before skirting past Alicante City and then Benidorm, before doing a little northern circuit taking in Javea, Gata de Gorgos, and Teulada.  Based on average speed times provided by the organisers, spectators in the Guardamar area should see the first cyclists arrive some nine minutes  after the start whilst Santa Pola fans will have half an hour to wait. Chris Froome and the rest of the Team Sky team feel that the stages start to really kick in for them from today(Friday) with the 191 kms stage between  Jódar and La Alpujarra. Team director, Gabriel Rasch said:- “Chris is doing pretty good. Today is a first real test with the first mountain top finish. It’s a stage that the Spanish cyclists Purito and Valverde know very well but I don’t think they will have a real home advantage.”

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