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Vuelta Stage 8: Linares > Almadén 01/09/2018 - 195,1 km

The route of the Vuelta a España's 8th stage sets off in Linares to roll in northwesterly direction. Amounting to 195.1 kilometres the race finishes in Almadén on a gentle slope with a 7% kick just before the line.



In the 2015 Vuelta the route also moved through this part of Spain. The riders cut through Linares on their way to Cazorla, where an intriguing battle for the overall lead was played out by Esteban Chaves and Tom Dumoulin. The Colombian not only won the stage, he also took the red jersey from the Dutchman.



Now the route goes the other way and enters the Parque Natural Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro. In the Natural Park the riders tackle the Alto de Españares, a 3rd category KOM-climb of 10.3 kilometres with an average gradient of 3.6%.



No downhill though, the route follows a gradual and rolling descent to the sweltering plains north of Córdoba.
Following a flat section of 10 kilometres, the finale begins 6 kilometres before the line with a 2.4 kilometres slope at 3.4%, while the last 2 kilometres are averaging 3.8% and also feature a 7% kick with 200 metres to go.

Video of the final 5kms.


Finish and final kms.





Favourites 8th stage 2018 Vuelta a España

:*:*:*:* Peter Sagan #rainbow  Alejandro Valverde #movistar
:*:*:* Rigoberto Uran #efd  Michal Kwiatkowski #sky                               
:*:* Omar Fraile #astana Gorka Izagirre #bahrain Fabio Felline #trek
:* Valerio Conti #bahrain  Michael Albasini #mitchelton Alexandre Geniez #ag2r etc etc

Linares
Linares has been waiting for La Vuelta's return for 25 years. The 2018 edition returns to the Jaén locality that, despite being born in a mining area, knew how to grow sustainably around its extensive historical, natural and sporting patrimony. The extinct, yet unforgettable, Linares International Chess Tournament hosted some of history's greatest chess players year after year.


    2 La Vuelta stages have departed from Linares

    60,000 inhabitants

    Jaén Province

     Patrimonial, artistic, commercial and with a vast bullfighting culture. That is Linares, one of the most active and thriving cities in the Peninsula’s South. Under the influence of its mining history, Linares is now a cosmopolitan and welcoming city that offers a wide variety of attractive tourist resources, as well as a rich leisure and entertainment offer.
 During the 20th century, Linares became one of the most important mining basins in the world. This memorable past is reflected in its unique and brilliant architecture, linked to the industry and to the Bourgeois society.
 Besides a deeply-rooted bullfighting tradition, it also has a strong musical tradition linked to the “cante minero” (or mine singing) of the Taranta, and is the birthplace of such artists as Raphael, Andrés Segovia and Carmen Linares.
 All of this, plus its gastronomy, its traditional tapas, the friendliness of its people, its intense cultural activity and its accessibility make Linares an ideal city in which to enjoy a truly unique experience.

Almadén
A twin city of Linares due to their shared mining origins, this municipality of Ciudad Real has been able reinvent itself and convert its heritage into a historical asset: the Heritage of Mercury features on the UNESCO World Heritage listing. These mines represent the maximum examples of mercury deposits in the world, and also constitute the most important collection of mercury extraction technology in existence


    Unprecedented Vuelta finale

    5,657 habitantes

    Ciudad Real Province

     Approximately 370 million years ago, a geological event took place at the bottom of the sea, forming one of the greatest natural treasures in the history of our planet, the Almadén Mine Site. This was the beginning of an adventure that would span over 2500 years of history.
 The visit to the Almadén Mine Site becomes a master class in which to expand your knowledge of Geology, History, Chemistry and Social Aspects that are reflected in an enthralling tour through the mine’s galleries, museums and buildings that can be visited.



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  • "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.

    Archieboy

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    Could be fun going into that roundabout at 500 to go, and chaos coming out of it
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    Vuelta Stage 8: Linares > Almadén 01/09/2018 - 195,1 km

    The route of the Vuelta a España's 8th stage sets off in Linares to roll in northwesterly direction. Amounting to 195.1 kilometres the race finishes in Almadén on a gentle slope with a 7% kick just before the line. . . .

    If I could like it twice for such a nice preview, I would! Chapeau for the work!
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  • . . .He had the bit between his teeth, and he loiked the taste, mate . . .

    Drummer Boy

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    Valverde! :win 

    Well, he certainly does still love to ride and win. He should get props for that, I suppose. I mean, he really, really does seem to enjoy himself on the bike. One can only imagine the racing knowledge inside that 38-year-old. Obviously someone like Sagan is just no match. 
    :D

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  • M Gee

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    If you didn't see this from Alex Dowsett, it is GREAT! Classifications all over the board - and notice Sagan in a class all his own! Do go check the graphic - it's worth seeing the whole top 10.

    :D

    https://twitter.com/alexdowsett/status/1035973401914032129
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