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Time to set course for Andalusia. For the first time ever, in response to the current health crisis, the Titan Desert is crossing the Mediterranean to set up camp in the Spanish province of Almería, where the race will take place from 2 to 6 November. In this exceptional context, RPM and Amaury Sport Organisation have received the support and authorisation of local authorities to hold the Titan Desert in Almería with a health protocol in full compliance with the regulations in force, which may change along with health conditions in Spain.

Clash of Titans
The idyllic landscapes and jaw-dropping environment of the province of Almería stand in stark contrast with the gruelling route of this Iberian edition. Among other challenges, the riders will face the deceptively beautiful Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Tabernas Desert (the only one of its kind in Europe) and the Coast of Almería. Competitors will have to dose their efforts and push their limits on gravel, mountains and sand throughout the 5 stages of this edition, which has a 400 km route with an elevation gain of 7,000 m. This intense programme has attracted 382 participants ready to take up this sporting challenge. The 11 nationalities on the start line (Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Andorra, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, United States, Uruguay and Belgium) further burnish the global credentials of the race. These heroes’ exploits will be broadcast in 190 countries by over 30 channels.

Legends back in the saddle
The Titan is a universal epic adventure for everyone who loves sport and nature, whatever their level of prowess. As a result, there will be more than just amateurs in the field. Just like last year, several renowned former pros will be on the start line. Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel is back for more after winning a stage in 2019, as is 2007 champion Melcior Mauri. Another big name, the five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain, is poised to make his race debut. These charismatic stars are gearing up for a fierce battle, but they will all have to reckon with the undisputed boss of the competition, Josep Betalú, who has claimed the last four editions.