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La Vuelta 2019, Stage 19: Ávila > Toledo 13/09/2019 - 165,2 km

Friday 13 September: The 19th stage of La Vuelta is played out to the west of Madrid. The 165.2 kilometres route, which runs from Ávila to Toledo, is predominantly flat. Yet, the cobbled finale runs uphill. Both the start and the finish of the race are in historical cities. Ávila is a fortified city at an elevation of 1,127 metres and Toledo hosted a Vuelta finish nine years ago and the same rider is expected to be among those to turn out on top. Back then, Philippe Gilbert won the uphill sprint outside the city walls, while this year’s finale will be even more to his liking.



The route climbs higher shortly after the start. The riders tackle the Alto de la Paramera, which is a long ascent to 1,145 metres. Not steep though. The Paremera is 18.2 kilometres long and slopes at 1.6%. The hardest kilometres are almost 6%.
The route drops down to travers the plains west of Madrid. With flat to rolling roads for most of the day the route is tailor-made for a sprint finish in Toledo. The finale is demanding though.



Firstly, the riders enter the city from the west to leave it again on a bridge spanning the river Taag. On rolling roads the route continues. Following a flanking maneuver the riders re-enter Toledo. The finale runs firmly uphill on the cobbles of Calle de la Unión leading into the historic centre.



Avila



Toledo


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    Mellow Velo

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     The weather forecast has rain forecast for the second half of the stage and there will be a moderate amount of wind, throughout. Unfortunately this time it is more of a cross/headwind, rather than tail.
     However, the finish is a fair bit harder than the last time the Vuelta visited Toldeo. After 5kms of descending, There are two hairpins and a 360º corkscrew loop in the last 600m.
    The last k is more than 6%.

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     A fan managed to catch the big crash.

    https://twitter.com/39x28web/status/1172557385900199936

    Another view of the crash that shows that everybody must have what had happened.

    https://twitter.com/TrainerwebCoach/status/1172524115892326401
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     :o

    Jeezus. That could've been life-threatening. Stone wall and no protective padding, by the looks of it. And with that gap in the wall, it looks as though there may have a been a serious danger where the wall picks up again.

    Was that Tony Martin somersaulting over another rider in the second clip?
    #jumbo (with Bianchi bike) for sure.
    Whoever it was went down pretty damn hard. I haven't seen the reports on him yet, but that looked ugly.
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