The first UCI-level edition of the Women Cycling Pro Costa de Almería takes place on 29th January 2023. Held at the 1.1 level, it’s a jump up for the race that was a national level race in 2022, won by Aranza Villalon. 16 teams are due to take part in this race with 4 of them being Women’s WorldTour teams. Human Powered Health, Israel-Premier Tech Roland, Movistar and UAE Team ADQ. The Women Cycling Pro Costa de Almería takes up the mantle as the first UCI race to be held in Europe during the 2023 season. So far, the women’s peloton has spent most of its time in Australia for the Women’s Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
There are plenty of Spanish teams racing on home soil – Bizkaia Durango, Eneicat RBH Global, Laboral Kutxa Fundación Euskadi, Zaaf Cycling, Prolongo Al-Andalus Woman, Río Miera Women’s Cycling Team, Soltec Team Costa Cálida, Farto BTC Women’s Cycling Team and Movistar Team. Then there are also teams from France, USA, Germany, Switzerland, UAE, Norway and Italy.
In a strange move, the 2023 Women Cycling Pro Costa de Almería will have 8 riders on each team. In theory, this is against the UCI rules but there is a loophole if a race expects to get under 100 riders. If the 16 teams were due to have 6 riders each, that would come under 100 and then the race is able to bump up the numbers to 8 riders a team under rule 2.2.007. As far as I can tell, it’s the first time in the WWT-era that teams have had 8 riders in a race. Previously, the GIro Rosa had 8 riders in 2015.
Women Cycling Pro Costa de Almería 2023 Favourites
- Tamara Dronova
- Alice Barnes
- Marjolein van ‘t Geloof
- Emma Norsgaard
- Chiari Consonni
- Sandra Alonso
- Silvia Zanardi
- Ebtissam Zayed Ahmed