The Ruta del Sol will be broadcast live by Eurosport 2. Stage timetables have initially been announced to be the same for all five (3.30pm to 5pm Euro time), which makes wonder if stages three and five -as was the case in 2017- will be shown with a slight delay from live and instead shown ‘correctly’ on Eurosport Player.
There are no bonuses at either intermediate sprints or finishes in this race, as it’s been the case for the last few years. Countback of positions (on stages one to four) and thousandths of second (after the final TT) will decide in case of ties.
The Abarca Sports organisation has won the overall classification of the Ruta del Sol nine times. Five of them have been achieved by the same rider: Alejandro Valverde, unstoppable from 2012 to 2017 with the only absence of 2015. The other four were claimed by Julián Gorospe (1984 and 1993), Roberto Lezaun (who did so in his first-ever professional race, in 1991) and Pablo Lastras (2008).