Each of the Andorra 21 Ports’ three stages starts and finishes in Parc Central, Andorra La Vella.Taking on stage 1, riders will exit Parc Central northward in the direction of France to the Port d’Envalira (Special Category – 2400m). The low gradients make it a relatively comfortable climb, from here riders head down to Pas de la Casa, taking the Tunnel d’Envalira to reach the town of Encamp. This section includes some historic roads as the Port d’Envalira has featured as a stage in the Tour de France, La Vuelta and the Volta a Catalunya several times. Renowned riders such as Alejandro Valverde, Richard Virenque and Federico Bahamontes are among those who have taken on this famous climb with the lead. Cycling enthusiasts might know: During the ascent to the Port D’Envalira of the 1964 Tour de France, Jacques Anquetil suffered a memorable defeat in one of the biggest duels in history against Raymond Poulidor. Thereafter the ascent to the mointain pass Cortals d’Encamp (Category 1 – 2083m) begins. Riders will take then Sterratto section to the Engolasters lake area, from where the route heads downhill for a few kilometers, before climbing the last big challenge of the day: the Alt de la Comella (Category 2 – 1347m). This climb has a constant gradient and will not throw up any nasty surprises, letting riders settle into a good climbing rhythm. Once the top is reached, riders will descend the other side to arrive at Andorra La Vella to finish the first stage.
Port d’Envalira (26km / 1345m elevation / 5,2%)
Port dels Cortals d’Encamp (8,9km / 754m elevation / 8,5%)
Stage 2 sets riders off from the capital, taking a turn at Pueblo de Encamp where they will ascend the Collada de Beixalís (Category 1 – 1796m) where the steepest paved kilometre of the Andorran road network (more than 12% gradient in average) can be found. This climb, which is also part of La Vuelta, offers spectacular views of Andorra la Vella. After descending in the direction of Ordino, riders will start the mythical ascent to La Coma d’Arcalís ( Category 1 – 2229m), probably the best known cycling climb of the microstate, having featured numerous times in the Tour de France, La Vuelta and Volta a Catalunya. The first 6km if the ascent is relatively flat, before presenting a few steeper gradients. On approaching the last mountain riders will descend to Ordino again and in the direction of La Massana and Erts. It is here that the last ascent of the day, the Coll de Cabús (Category 1 – 2302m), will begin. This is one of the longer climbs with several changes in gradient. After passing the midway point of the climb, which is the most challenging, riders can enjoy stunning views ahead of the descent to La Massana, entering the Tunnel Dos Valires and bringing the race to a rewarding close in Parc Central.
Collada de Beixalís (6,6km / 556 elevation / 8,4%)
Alt de la Coma d’Arcalís (10,5km / 724m elevation / 6,9%)
Stage 3 begins with riders leaving Parc Central in the direction of France until reaching the roundabout of the Tunnel Dos Valires, where they enter the tunnel and ride in direction of the idyllic village of Ordino. There riders will conquer the Coll d’Ordino (Category 1 – 1980m), a port that is always included in the Andorra Time Trial Championships. The first part of the climb is relatively flat, but the going really gets tough during kilometres 4 and 6. After defeating this challenging climb, riders will pedal down until Canillo. In the direction of Sant Julià de Lòria, the next colossus lies in wait, the Coll de La Peguera (Category 1 – 1821m). Considered a category 1 climb, it is a formidable challenge considering both distance and difference in altitude. This climb is 13km long, with few rests or descents. From here, riders will descend until Sant Julià de Lòria again and ascend the Coll de la Gallina (Special Category – 1910m). Even in Andorra, this climb is unique and the numbers speak for themselves: More than 1000m of elevation gained in 12km at 8%. This relentless climb appears to get harder with each meter. As a reward for scaling the climb, riders will descend the other side to bring stage 2 to a finish in Andorra La Vella (Parc Central).