The Galician O Gran Camiño 2022 cycling event started today, February 24, in Porriño and ends with an individual time trial on Sunday 27 in the town of Sarria .

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Alejandro Valverde from Murcia returns to the competition in this test and is one of the favorites for the final victory. In the Movistar team he is accompanied by Gorka Izagirre , Iván Sosa , Gonzalo Serrano , José Joaquín Rojas , Jorge Arcas and Antonio Pedrero .

The platoon will be made up, in addition to the aforementioned Movistar: Israel Premier Tech, EF, Cofidis, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Kern Pharma, Burgos BH, Caja Rural Seguros, Eolo-Kometa, Bardiani CSF, DH Drone Hopper, Gazprom Rusvelo, Human Powered Health, Efape, RP Boavista, Manuela Fundación and WS2 FC Porto.

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Saturday will see the first of two key stages. T he stage will be the Ribeira Sacra, overcoming the heights of Noguera (2nd), Seragude (1st) and Moura (1st) just before the finish line in Luintra.

Jorge Arcas and Fernando Barceló, at the premiere of ‘O Gran Camiño’
Galicia returns this Thursday to the international cycling calendar with a professional tour that reappears on the scene after two decades of absence and in which the two Aragonese cyclists will participate.

The Aragonese cyclists Fernando Barceló (Caja Rural) and Jorge Arcas (Movistar) resume the competition on Galician roads this Thursday on Galician roads. Galicia returns to the international cycling calendar with a professional tour (category 2.1, like the paralyzed Vuelta Aragón) that reappears on the scene after two decades of absence, now under the name of O Gran Camiño (The Great Road) and in which The Movistar team, after its setbacks with the Covid, will have the Murcian Alejandro Valverde.

For Fernando Barceló , it is one of the races that centralizes his interest and enthusiasm in this initial stretch of the season. He arrives in good form after passing through the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valencia, the Vuelta a Murcia and the classic Jaén Interior. For his part, Jorge Arcas will support Alejandro Valverde, one of the favorites for victory.

The company of former professional cyclist Ezequiel Mosquera has promoted this new competition with four stages on the ‘leg-breaker’ roads, with constant ups and downs, in Galicia.

Public institutions such as the Xunta de Galicia and the Provincial Councils have supported this round and also private companies.

In total there will be more than half a thousand kilometers through 45 municipalities in the four Galician provinces. Each one of them will host a stage and the first will take place in Pontevedra, with the starting point in O Porriño and the finish line in Vigo: 163 kilometres.

This first day will be flat for the most part and, with 23 kilometers to go, the runners will climb Peinador, in the third category, before reaching the sprint in the center of Vigo.

Later, it will pass through A Coruña, ending in the demanding Mirador do Ézaro, later it will go to Ourense with the queen stage and will finish on Sunday in the province of Lugo, specifically with a time trial in Sarria, one of the towns through which it passes the French Way to Santiago de Compostela.


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