Date: Tuesday August 30
Distance: 30.9 km ITT
The Vuelta’s sole individual time trial is “completely flat” and should not provide any real difficulties for the GC contenders. According to the race’s technical director Fernando Escartín, “other riders with a more pronounced climber profile may struggle.”
There are only a few corners on the entire route so this won’t be terribly technical. That said, the final section tracks along the Levante coastline “where strong winds may be problematic.” Sounds intriguing.
After race leader Remco Evenepoel asserted himself in the mountains during week one he has a further opportunity to increase his advantage in the discipline he is probably best at.
Who’s it for: The TT specialists, including the more powerful GC contenders. The flyweight climbers won’t enjoy this one, particularly if the wind does whip up.