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Re: Vuelta a España 2017 a middle size preview
« on: August 12, 2017, 13:57 »
1, #tt,Saturday August 19th,   Nîmes / Nîmes,   13.7 km,   

Fernando Escartín commentaryTTT. The Nîmes time trial will be very technical: the teams will have to ride through the streets in the old  part of the city, right through the heart of historical buildings. The key will lie in being completely in sync from the very beginning, maintaining a very high speed and making sure that each and every rider does his job well in each section of the stage.

Km 7.3 - Alto de Nîmes.category 3

2, #flat,Sunday August 20th,   Nîmes / Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude,   203.4 km,   

Flat. This stage will be one of the few in this year's Vuelta to end with a sprint to the finish-line. The stage will take place entirely in France, with all the obstacles that this implies: lots of roundabouts and central isles, all of which will force the peloton to ride in a straight line. Special attention must be paid to the crosswind and the echelons found along the coastline.

3, #mountain,Monday August 21st,   Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella,   158.5 km,   

Mountain. The peloton will ride comfortably up until Andorra, where a first natural selection process will take place. The climb to La Comella, short yet explosive, will take care of the rest. It will be complicated to organise a breakaway but we do not write off the possibility of attacks in the very last kilometre. If one of the strong riders shows any signs of weakness, this could complicate his Vuelta.

Km 127.0 - Col de la Perche19.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 1
Km 31.0 - Coll de la Rabassa.13.3 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 1
Km 7.1 - Alto de la Comella4.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 2

4, #flat,Tuesday August 22nd,   Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018,   198.2 km,

Flat. This will be the second sprint to the finish-line, another of the few opportunities for sprinters in the 2017 Vuelta. We may have a few breakaways at the beginning, but the sprinter teams will be able to control them and head down to Tarragona in order to win the stage.

Km 132.0 - Alto de Belltall.13 kilometre-long climb at 2.8% - category 3

5, #med,Wednesday August 23rd,   Benicàssim / Alcossebre,   175.7 km,

Mid-moutain, with an uphill finale. The terrain will be a “leg-breaker” from the beginning. The climbs will not be excessively difficult, but they will wear down the peloton so that the first uphill finish at the Ermita de Santa Lucía, will be a spectacular one. It will be a battle to the end and the 2nd category climb at Serratella will be a decisive one, though differences among the strongest riders will be minimal.

Km 23.8 - Alto del Desierto de las Palmas7.8 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 2
Km 55.3 - Alto de Cabanes7.3 kilometre-long climb at 4.4% - category 3
Km 87.6 - Coll de la Bandereta4.6 kilometre-long climb at 7.6% - category 2
Km 125.2 - Alto de la Serratella13.2 kilometre-long climb at 3.7% - category 2
Km 157.7 - Ermita Sta. Lucía. Alcossebre.3.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 3

6, #med,Thursday August 24th,   Vila-real / Sagunt,   204.4 km,

Mid-mountain. Favourable stage for breakaways. The 2nd category Garbí climb may lead to the formation of a group that will fight for victory, but this will all depend on how good the breakaway is. By this point, there will already be around 15 riders who stand out in the general classification and we will know who has a real chance of winning La Vuelta.

Km 48.0 - Alto de Alcudia de Veo.11 kilometre-long climb at 3.4% - category 3
Km 59.8 - Puerto de Eslida5.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 3
Km 96.6 - Alto de Chirivilla7.9 kilometre-long climb at 4.1% - category 3
Km 142.8 - Puerto del Oronet6.4 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3
Km 168.0 - Puerto del Garbí9.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 2


7, #med,Friday August 25th,   Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad,   207 km,

Mid-mountain. The longest stage of La Vuelta (205,2 kilometres), with a “leg-breaker” route all the way up to Cuenca. The climb up to the castle, with its characteristic stone pavement, will break up the peloton in order to make the most of the road's smooth sections. The peloton will arrive all spread out and the finale promises to be an exciting one.

Km 51.0 - Puerto La Montalbana8 kilometre-long climb at 4.3% - category 3
Km 88.7 - Alto de Sta. Cruz de Moya.8.7 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3
Km 195.3 - Alto del Castillo2 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3

8, #med,Saturday August 26th,   Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior,   199.5 km,

Mid-mountain, with an uphill finale. Stage with a classic Vuelta finale and a new test for the leaders. The last climb, with slopes of inclinations over 20%, will not make much of a difference to the general classification, but it will add up to the times already obtained in Andorra and in the Ermita de Santa Lucía.

Km 111.1 - Puerto de Biar.6.1 kilometre-long climb at 3.4% - category 3
Km 127.5 - Puerto de Onil7 kilometre-long climb at 3.8% - category 3
Km 196.6 - Alto Xorret de Catí5 kilometre-long climb at 9% - category 1

9, #flat,Sunday August 27th,   Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández / Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell,   174 km,

Flat, with an uphill finale. The Levante coast will be the star and will accompany the peloton throughout the entire route. The departure will be a fast one and a breakaway is very likely. But the day may result in teams fighting for a stage victory and not for the general classification.   

Km 132.1 - Alto de Puig Llorença3.2 kilometre-long climb at 9.2% - category 2
Km 174.0 - Alto de Puig Llorença.. Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell.4 kilometre-long climb at 9.1% - category 1

, :zzz2, Rest day,   Monday August 28th,   Provincia de Alicante,

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