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Re: Vuelta a España 2017 a middle size preview
« on: August 12, 2017, 13:58 »
16, #tt,Tuesday September 5th,   Circuito de Navarra / Logroño,   40.2 km,

ITT. 42-kilometre long flat individual time trial, among vineyards and wineries. A route for true specialists that will make big differences to the general classification. The stage is also twice as dangerous as it is being held straight after a rest day.   

17, #mountain,Wednesday September 6th,   Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega,   180.5 km,

Mountain. Castille will bid farewell to the peloton with a simple start to the stage, followed by almost 3,000 metres of slopes. The spectacular descent from La Lunada, that will lead straight onto the Alisas mountain pass, and the final climb up the infernal Los Machucos slopes will really test the peloton's strength.   

Km 107.3 - Portillo de Lunada.8.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 2
Km 162.6 - Puerto de Alisas10 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 1
Km 180.5 - Alto de los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega.7.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.7% - category H

18, #med,Thursday September 7th,   Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana,   169 km,


Km 109.5 - Collada de Carmona.4.8 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3
Km 126.0 - Collada de Ozalba6 kilometre-long climb at 6.6% - category 3
Km 139.7 - Collada de la Hoz7 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 2
Km 169.0 - Alto de Santo Toribio de Liébana3.2 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% - category 3

19, #med,Friday September 8th,   Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón,   149.7 km,

Mid-mountain. The San Martín mountain pass will await the peloton 16.6 kilometres from the finish-line. A short ascent with very tough slopes that will result in important differences to the general classification. If the leaders lose their concentration, even for a second, we could see some surprises.

Km 29.0 - Alto de la Colladona7 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 1
Km 64.8 - Alto de Sto. Emiliano6.8 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% - category 3
Km 134.5 - Alto de la Falla de Los Lobos. La Casilla. AS-2514.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% - category 3
Km 79.5 - Alto de San Martín de Huerces4.5 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3

20, #mountain,Saturday September 9th,   Corvera de Asturias / Alto de l'Angliru,   117.5 km

Mountain. Short stage (119.2 kilometres), but very tough. La Vuelta winner may be determined at the Alto de l'Angliru, as was the case in 2011 between Chris Froome and Juanjo Cobo. It is the last stage and the riders will give it their all, so we are in for a good show

Km 79.5 - Alto de la Cobertoria.8.1 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
Km 96.4 - Alto del Cordal.5.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
Km 117.5 - Alto de L'Angliru12.5 kilometre-long climb at 9.8% - category H

21, #flat,Sunday September 10th,   Arroyomolinos / Madrid,   117.6 km   

Flat. As is normally the case, the last day will serve to crown and receive the Vuelta winner in the Spanish capital. The three weeks of hard work, sacrifice and suffering will be rewarded with a stage that will take the peloton through the heart of Madrid in order to bring the 72nd edition of the Vuelta to a close.

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