The 67th edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia, and first marked by the pandemic, it started in May because it wasn’t possible to be celebrated in its normal dates, February, because of the pandemic.
This is the second year that GSport will be in charge of making the clothing equipment for the race, an emotional and beautiful challenge for the whole GSport team. A project that we are trying to give its own identity, since the last edition, linking it with the nasrid art. An artistic expression, typically from the south, that constituted the last stage of the Hispano-Muslim art and that is characterized by its geometrical and vegetables engravings.
Two have been the ornamental reasons that have been used for the designs of the Ruta del Sol 2021:
- The Tartessian star: Also known as eight cornered stars, a symbol that appears continuously in the Andalucia culture and which origin comes from the tartessian religion and its mythology that looks up to admiring the sun as a god that’s why it has 8 corners as if they were rays.
- The branches of the olive tree: Paying homage to the landscapes of the olive grove of Andalusia. The beginning of the expansion of this cultivation started more than 2.000 years ago, when the Roman Empire ruled the world. The Romans already knew and appreciated the excellent quality of olive oil from the area, this is why thousands of olive trees were planted, and more than the ones already existed until now.
The Spaniard cyclist Gonzalo Serrano (MOV) took the first victory home in the first stage of the 67th edition of the Vuelta a Andalucia, with the start at Mijas (Malaga) and the end at Zahara de la Sierra a locality in gaditana.
The Britain Ethan Hayterfrom INEOS, has won the second stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia after getting to the finish located at the La Mota Fortress in the Jaen town of Alcalá la Real.
The Colombian Miguel Ángel López, from the team Movistar, took home the third stage in the Vuelta a Andalucia. The main stage covered 176 kilometres, starting in the town of Beas de Segura in Jaén and finishing the stage in Villarrodrigo.
The German André Greipel, from the teamIsrael Start-Up Nation, won the fourth stage of the competition in memorable race in the Granada town of Cúllar Vega. The German face the Colombian Hodeg Chagui (DQT) and the world exchampion Mads Pedersen (TFS). Although he won, the general leaderboard hasn’t suffered any changes. Miguel Angel Lopez (MOV) will wear once again the maillot of the leader and everything aims that every time he is closer and closer to winning his first Andalucia round.
The last stage of the Ruta del Sol 2021 meets expectations by offering a spectacular finish in the Almeria town of Pulpí. The British Ethan Hayter, from the team INEOS showed his speed in the finish line, with a rough arrival in which Daril Impey (Israel) and Robber Stannard (Bike Exchange) fell with 20 meters to go to cross the finish line.
In the general leaderboard at the end, first victory for the Colombian Miguel Ángel López, with a time of 21 hours 6 minutes and 55 seconds. Second place for the Dutch from the Jumbo Visma Antwan Tolhoek who was 20 seconds away from the leader. The third place was for the Spaniard Julen Amezqueta who was 1:10 away from the winner.
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