Stage 2 - August 27: Málaga-Córdoba, 167.5 km
Stage two from Málaga to Córdoba sees the departure from the Andalusian coast and straight into the hills. The Puerto de las Pedrizas (category 3) is the highest point, at 780 metres but it is unlikely to do more than shake out some of the weaker riders, considering its position near the start of the stage.
The finishing town of Córdoba is in the centre of Andalusia and is bordered by mountains in the north, and rich countryside in the south. The people are quite diverse as a result of the differing landscapes and neighbouring towns, and the architecture of the city has been shaped by several cultures and religions.
1959 Antonio Karmany (Spa) 1962 Antonio Gomez del Moral (Spa) 1974 Domingo Perurena (Spa) 1979 Alfons De Wolf (Bel) 1992 Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned) 1994 Endrio Leoni (Ita) 1996 Nicola Minali (Ita) 1997 Bart Voskamp (Ned) and Melchor Mauri (Spa) 1998 Markus Zberg (Swi) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin