The stage of the day: four ports in the land of legends

La Vuelta nOr just live another day today with an attractive route in which things can happen, but it also serves to recognize one of the lands that has given the most glory to this sport, El Barraco, a town in the province of Ávila and land of stars such as the late José María Chava Jiménez, a Tour winner such as Carlos Sastre or the mythical Ángel Arroyo. Also to praise, in a day of tributes, a key figure in the formation of talents such as Víctor Sastre, father of Carlos, and that of one of the best climbers in the history of Spanish cycling, another illustrious Avila as Julio Jiménez.

El Barraco will be the end of a day with Departure in Navalmoral de la Mata, and that it will have four ports on its route. After a somewhat broken start, conducive to trying to form the getaway of the day, the peloton will face the port of La Centenera (a first category climb of 15.1 kilometers at a 5.5% slope), that of Pedro Bernardo (9 kilometers at 4.2%, ranked second), another first as that of Mijares (20.4 km at 5.4%) and finish high in San Juan de Nava (8.6 to 3.8%), third. From its summit there will be a short descent to the finish line, which will be reached with the considerable wear and tear that one of the longest days of La Vuelta proposes, in which the 200 kilometers will be skimmed.

Stage in whose design Carlos Sastre has participated, who predicts “a party” for this very cyclist town, which will enjoy the arrival of the great Spanish. Before his gaze and that of several of the legends of the earth, It will be necessary to check whether an attempt is made to put in check the leader of the general, the Norwegian Eiking, or the, in practice, the dominator Primoz Roglic, in a stage that closes the second week of the race before the second rest day.

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