Date: Saturday September 10
Finish: Puerto de Navacerrada
Distance: 181 km
The penultimate stage of this year’s Vuelta and the final day in the mountains. There are five climbs on the menu through the Guadarrama mountain range, namely three Cat 1s and two Cat 2s.
The final of those climbs is 10.3 km at 6.9% and peaks 7 km from the finish line, before a flat run-in to Puerto de Navacerrada. This is a tough day, virtually all of which is raced above 1,000 metres. And with this being the last chance for the climbers, expect fireworks on the last climb.
Can Remco Evenepoel be stopped? It’s now or never for the likes of Movistar’s Enric Mas, two minutes behind on GC, who has already finished second at this home Grand Tour twice before. UAE Team Emirates’ Juan Ayuso sits third, more than five minutes in arrears.
Movistar will come with a plan. Whether it works, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Who’s it for: The GC men.