Date: Saturday September 3
Finish: Sierra de La Pandera
Distance: 160.3 km
This Andalucian stage starts out easily enough, but things get gnarly in the back half. There’s a Cat 3 climb as a teaser, about halfway through the stage, and then it’s into back-to-back climbs to end the stage.
The Cat 2 Puerto de Los Villares is 10.4 km at 5.5% and then, with only a short moment of respite, it’s into the Cat 1 Sierra de la Pandera climb which is 8.4 km at 7.8% with several ramps of 15%. Tough day!
Remco Evenepoel says he’s feeling fine after his crash on stage 12 and the easy day he requested on the flat stage 13 was granted to him. Can anyone else, particularly the likes of Enric Mas and Primož Roglič, finally find a way to do what they haven’t been able to so far this Vuelta and best the young Belgian uphill?
Who’s it for: Looks like a stage for the GC men to duke it out for stage honours.