How long is La Vuelta – total distance, longest stages, maps and more

Come here with the goal of finding the answer to the question, how long is La Vuelta 2023? If so, you’re in the right place. Now, I could give you an immediate answer for the race as a whole, but where’s the fun in that? Given that this is a grueling event that lasts for three weeks, the overall answer doesn’t quite do this event justice either. Therefore, while I have provided an exact answer within the sections below, I’ve also given a guide to the La Vuelta distance for each stage, while providing the La Vuelta map too – as displayed below.

La Vuelta map 2023


Additionally, I’ve covered some precise information regarding the La Vuelta stage route for some of the most significant racing days. And when we’ve managed to get through it all, you will have a complete and well-rounded answer as we head into this exciting road biking event. Anyway, it’s all discussed below, so let’s now get the ball rolling with an overall guide.

How long is La Vuelta – your 2023 guide

I promised an exact answer to the question of how long is La Vuelta from an overall perspective, so let’s begin with that. The total La Vuelta distance, as covered over a period of three weeks, is 1,959.7 miles. Or put another way, the total La Vuelta distance is 3,153.8 km. Needless to say, it’s an event that pushes the participants to their absolute limits. And as these riders/teams cover such distances over the course of 21 stages in total, they must navigate mountains, sprints, and other challenging terrain.

As the tour progresses, various individuals will be seen wearing the 2023 La Vuelta jerseys, and the general classification will inevitably chop and change from one stage to the next. To be even more specific, however, there are 6 flat stages (2 with high-altitude conclusions), 6 ‘hilly stages’, 7 mountain stages, and 2 time trials – 1 team and 1 individual. 

So there you have it – a complete overview that covers how many miles in La Vuelta in total, the range of stages, and how these stages are categorized. And this brings us nicely to the next section, which relates to how each stage fares in terms of distance and difficulty. 

La Vuelta distance – stage-by-stage breakdown

Before I cover the distances for each of the individual stages and their categories, let me give you the La Vuelta schedule. For the 2023 event, La Vuelta will run from August 26th to September 17th, which is when the final stage will be held. Additionally, you should know that there are two rest days in the 2023 La Vuelta event. These are scheduled for September 4th and September 11th, so there will be no races held on those dates.

With that cleared up, let me now reveal the stage breakdown for all 21 stages that will be held in La Vuelta 2023:

  • Stage 1 – team time-trial – 14.6 km (9.1 miles)
  • Stage 2 – hilly – 181.3 km (112.7 miles)
  • Stage 3 – mountain – 158.5 km (98.5 miles)
  • Stage 4 – hilly – 183.4 km (114 miles)
  • Stage 5 – hilly – 185.7 km (115.4 miles)
  • Stage 6 – mountain – 181.3 km (112.7 miles)
  • Stage 7 – flat – 188.8 km (117.3 miles)
  • Stage 8 – mountain – 164.8 km (102.4 miles)
  • Stage 9 – hilly – 180.9 km (112.4 miles)
  • Stage 10 – individual time trial – 25 km (16 miles)
  • Stage 11 – flat with high-altitude finish – 163.2 km (101.4 miles)
  • Stage 12 – flat – 165.4 km (102.8 miles)
  • Stage 13 – mountain – 134.7 km (83.7 miles)
  • Stage 14 – mountain – 161.7 km (100.5 miles)
  • Stage 15 – hilly – 156.5 km (97.2 miles)
  • Stage 16 – flat with high-altitude finish – 119.7 km (74.4 miles)
  • Stage 17 – mountain – 122.6 km (76.2 miles)
  • Stage 18 – mountain – 178.9 km (111.2 miles)
  • Stage 19 – flat – 177.4 km (110.2 miles)
  • Stage 20 – hilly – 208.4 km (129.5 miles)
  • Stage 21 – flat – 101 km (63 miles)

La Vuelta stage route – the most challenging stages to watch

Armed with a full overview of the stages, categorizations, and lengths for each one, I’d like to take things one step further to conclude matters. As you can see, I wish to highlight the most challenging stages that should be awesome to watch. And for me, there are three stages that stand out in particular:

  • Stage 6 – mountain – longest mountain stage
  • Stage 13 – mountain – incredibly steep climbs
  • Stage 11 – flat with high-altitude finish – brutal race finish

Of the three La Vuelta stages that I’ve picked, two are mountain stages while one is a ‘flat’ race with an uphill finale. Each of these three stages will be insanely tough in its own way, and I feel these stages could make or break the tour for many riders! Of course, the teams that are hoping to win the tour such as Jumbo-Visma, for example, will be looking to do damage on these stages too. Therefore, the stages should be very exciting to watch!

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About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.