Date: Wednesday September 7
Finish: Monasterio de Tentudía
Distance: 162.3 km
A day of constant ups and downs in the Extremadura region that the Vuelta’s technical director Fernando Escartín describes as “a golden opportunity for a breakaway”.
The day’s only climb is the stage-ending Cat 2 ascent to the Monasterio de Tentudía which spans 10.3 km with an average grade of 5%. It’s “not excessively difficult” and is unlikely to create many big differences between the GC favourites. Then again, if someone’s on a bad day, a 10 km climb can still be problematic. Especially after the chaos of stage 16’s finale, anything could happen.
Who’s it for: Seemingly the breakaway.