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La Vuelta 2019, Stage 5: L' Eliana > Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre 28/08/2019 - 170,7 km

The 5th stage sees the Vuelta a España dive inland to the remote region of Teruel. The summit finish near the Javalambre Observatory is even more remote. Starting in L’Eliana, the route amounts to 170.7 kilometres.



The route of the 5th stage on La Vuelta is not exceptionally hard. Yet, the finishing climb is. The road to the Javalambre Observatorio is 11.1 kilometres long and the last 5 kilometres are extremely tough. Double digit material.



The riders click into their pedals in L’Eliana. Basically, the road goes uphill once the flag is dropped, but at shallow gradients. The riders reach the summit of the Puerto de Alcublas at kilometre 31.7, which is a classified climb of 5.9 kilometres at 4.7%. The Alcublas lies at an elevation of 750 metres and the route continues to climb gradually to over 900 metres above sea level.



The rest of the day goes either up or down, although the slopes are gentle. The Alto Fuente de Rubielos stands out a little with its 5.7% gradient. The 4.8 kilometres ascent is crested with 72 kilometres remaining.
The best is saved for last and it is called the Pico del Buitre, or Peak of the Vulture. The final climb appears 11.1 kilometres before the finish line, while the average gradient sits at 7.8%. Which is really a biased statistic, as the first 3 kilometres go up at approximately 4% and the fifth kilometre even features a short downhill.



The organisation decided to name the climb, Alto de Javalambre, because of the eponymous Observatory at the top.
The road was asphalted for the climb by La Vuelta 2019


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    an unusual tough climb for day 5, that is. Will anyone chase to bring back the breakaway though, or can we hand this to #lotto Tosh van der Sande or someone of his kind already?
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    an unusual tough climb for day 5, that is. Will anyone chase to bring back the breakaway though, or can we hand this to #lotto Tosh van der Sande or someone of his kind already?

    TDG maybe :lol
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    an unusual tough climb for day 5, that is. Will anyone chase to bring back the breakaway though, or can we hand this to #lotto Tosh van der Sande or someone of his kind already?

    seems like I was way too optimistic about the quality of the breakaway
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    Just about to watch it, have seen the result already though.
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    Seems like Piti didn’t give much of a sh*te about Nairo today. López looks a little trimmer than usual.
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    I'm happy for Madrazo, he deserves a big win but this was really a sh*t stage again.

    Somehow I made the mistake to get a bit excited about the Vuelta this time, but looks like it will be about as bad as every year.
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    Mostly disappointing stage, except for a winner who refused to be left behind. How many times did Madrazo fight his way back? I need to re-watch the last 10km or so.

    Besides that, it was a somewhat embarrassing effort from the peloton, but two things were confirmed:

    The strength and form of both Valverde and Roglič.

    Alejandro confirmed what we saw in Stage 2, i.e., that he's well prepared for this race, and likely intent on making his presence known.

    Primož showed that he has the strength to hold his own, with or without teammates, and he won't be easily shaken. He looked good, and seems to be coping well with whatever setbacks he made have had from the TTT crash. He's within striking distance, and that's exactly where he needs to be at this point in the race.
     :cool

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    Actually I thought the stage was ok.

    Yes - it was a breakaway stage.  That is going to happen with it being stage 5 and the next sprint stage being stage 14 or 15 or something.  There are likely going to be a few stages where the break will be given a really good advantage.

    It wasnt certain even with a gap or 9 minutes at the bottom that the break would succeed - and indeed they only won by about 34 seconds or so.

    Lopez had a good attack, and there was plenty of GC action, with Quintana again looking pretty average.

    Valverde and Roglic both looked good.  There were some GC casualties - but a lot of that was a continuation of the loss of time from stage 2.


    the Vuelta is not as exciting as the Tour ... they dont have hte depth of talent going to it.  But it was still pretty decent racing ...
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    ..., but two things were confirmed:

    The strength and form of both Valverde and Roglič.


    Except what is different this time:  now both of them have a history of fading before the third week  :P
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    for the sake of completeness



     :hi
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