The Movistar Team returns, following a year’s absence, to the Setmana Valenciana, the first race with long climbs of the women’s season. Those ascents are usually held, though, far from the finish at most stages, which invites the riders to long-range attacks and also keeps the GC wide open until the final day.
The decisive stage could well be the opening one (Thursday 6th), with the climbs of Barxeta (Cat-4) and, above that, Barx (Cat-2) just before the finish in Gandía. The fastest finishers will then have two chances on Friday 7th, in Vila-real, and Saturday 8th, in Valencia. The race will end on Sunday 9th will the long ascent of Tudons (Cat-1) and the ‘altos’ of Benifallim (Cat-2) and Collao (Cat-3), though, again, all climbs are outside the last 60km.