Preview: What you need to know about stage 18 of the 2022 Vuelta a España

Another uphill finish could suit the breakaway, or the GC group, depending on how it's raced.

by Matt de Neef

Date: Thursday September 8
Start: Trujillo
Finish: Alto de Piornal
Distance: 192 km

On stage 18, another day in Extremadura, the riders will climb the Alto de Piornal from three different sides. Those climbs are a Cat 2, then two Cat 1 ascents, the last of which concludes at the finish line.

That last ascent is 13.5 km at 5% which, depending on how it’s raced, could be another opportunity for the GC men. With Roglič out of the picture it’s now up to Enric Mas to shake things up in this final week and try unseat Remco Evenepoel.

Who’s it for: Could go either way. Perhaps one for the breakaway, but if the GC men fancy it, one of the overall contenders could take stage honours.

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