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The best cycling returns to the Murcia region

A new edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia is scheduled this Saturday.

After the success of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and sterratos aside, the next event on the Spanish cycling calendar moves on to the Costa Cálida for the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia, a 193 km one-day race and whose main attraction is the climb of Collado Bermejo.

A race of coming and going

Although organized since 1981, the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia has undergone different changes throughout its more than 40 years of history. Originally, until 1985, it was a 5-day stage race. This format was modified in 2011, being reduced to three stages, and in 2012 to two stages. A year later it became what it is today, a one-stage race, although  in 2019 and 2020 it exceptionally returned to a two-stage race.

Anyway, despite the constant changes of the Vuelta Ciclista a España, 2022 will be another year in which the Costa Cálida hosts a very attractive race, with Alejandro Valverde certainly starting with the mentality of winning this race for the last time in his hometown. Of course, with the permission of other cyclists, such as Antonio Jesús Soto, also from Murcia, winner in 2021, or his Movistar teammate Luis León Sánchez.

A route with three climbs and the Pantani summit as great attraction

The stage of this 2022 edition will have a 193 km route and a gradient of 3,100 m. A route through mountainous territory with Cresta del Gallo, the slopes of Cedacero and the harsh Collado Bermejo, a 19 km climb with an average of more than 5% and a positive gradient of almost 1,000 m. The winner of the summit will be rewarded with the Marco Pantani Trophy, which rewards the best climber of this pass in the Vuelta. The start will be given in Fortuna and stage finish is at Puerto de Cartagena.

The Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia can be followed live

The Murcia race can once again be followed live via Eurosport and GCN+. That is, from 4 p.m. Several WorldTeam teams will participate in the race, such as BORA-hansgrohe, Astana Qazaqstan Team, Cofidis, Movistar Team or UAE Team Emirates, which will be joined by other ProTour and Continental category teams such as Burgos-BH, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Kern Pharma or the team of Alberto Contador, EOLO-Kometa.

Once the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia is over, it’s the turn of the south: Clásica de Almería, Vuelta a Andalucía… and what some already call the Spanish Strade-Bianche: the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior.

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