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Re: Vuelta a España 2017 a middle size preview
« on: August 12, 2017, 13:58 »
10, #flat,Tuesday August 29th,   Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación,   164.8 km,   

Flat. Transition stage that will end with a climb up the Collado Bermejo. Favourable for breakaways, although the last climb may see a large group fighting for victory. That same mountain pass will result in the sprinters being less active

Km 130.7 - Alto del Morrón de Totana.5.7 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 3
Km 143.0 - Collado Bermejo.7.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 1

11, #med,Wednesday August 30th,   Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto,   187.5 km

Mid-mountain, with an uphill finale. A day with a 3,434-metre slope that can result in significant differences to the general classification and begin to hint at a possible winner. The final mountain pass is a long one, but not excessively difficult, and it will require consistency in order to conquer Velefique and Calar Alto, two back-to-back 1st category climbs.   

Km 157.2 - Alto de Velefique13.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
Km 187.5 - Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto.15.5 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 1

12, #med,Thursday August 31st,   Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes,   160.1 km,   

Mid-mountain. Consolidated differences in the general classification will favour a breakaway. The ascent of the Puerto del León (a 1st category climb) and the Puerto del Torcal (2nd category - 17 km from the finish-line -), will wear the riders down. There shouldn't be any surprises, despite a total of 2,300 metres of slopes in this stage.

Km 101.4 - Puerto del León17.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.9% - category 1
Km 142.6 - Puerto del Torcal7.6 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 2

13, #flat,Friday September 1st,   Coín / Tomares,   198.4 km,   

Flat. New day for sprinters, and one of their final opportunities in this year's Vuelta. Their teams will be keeping everything in control so that there are no complications. The arrival in warm Seville after two weeks of competing will allow us to assess how tired everyone's legs are.

Km 27.2 - Alto de Ardales7.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.3% - category 3

14, #mountain,Saturday September 2nd,   Écija / Sierra de La Pandera,   175 km,

Mountain. The heat will accompany the peloton during a “leg-breaker” stage with a final climb up La Pandera (HC). The accumulated exhaustion and high temperatures will hinder a stage that could be favourable for a breakaway win, depending on everyone's interests regarding the general classification   

Km 85.5 - Puerto El Mojón8.8 kilometre-long climb at 3.7% - category 3
Km 153.1 - Alto Valdepeñas de Jaén8.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 2
Km 175.0 - Sierra de la Pandera12 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category H

15, #mountain,Sunday September 3rd,   Alcalá la Real / Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil,   129.4 km

Mountain. Short stage with the main events including a climb up Hazallanas, Monachil and the arrival at Sierra Nevada (2,490 metres above sea-level), making a total of 3,172 metres of slopes. The riders will be traveling at high speed from the beginning and one of the leaders may be in for a tough day. All of them will be thinking about what happened in 2016 between Sabiñánigo and Formigal.

Km 74.0 - Alto de Hazallanas16.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.5% - category 1
Km 109.5 - Alto del Purche.8.5 kilometre-long climb at 8% - category 1
Km 129.4 - Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil.19.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category H

, :zzz2,   Rest day,   Monday September 4th,   Logroño,

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