Date: Friday September 9
Start: Talavera de la Reina
Finish: Talavera de la Reina
Distance: 138.3 km
A short but tough stage that consists of two laps of a big circuit. That circuit includes the Puerto de la Piélago climb (9.3 km at 5.6%) so the riders will get to tackle that twice.
The climbing is a long way from the finish though – the final ascent peaks 42 km from the line – so it might not be all that decisive. With Saturday being billed as the final fight for the GC men, this could be the last chance for those not in contention for the overall (and not sprinters) to take a slice of victory home from this Vuelta.
Who’s it for: Feels like a day for the breakaway, but if the peloton agrees to a cruisier day, it might be that a decent-sized group makes it to the finish for a reduced-bunch kick.