Vuelta a España 2023 today, stage 13: profile and route

When talking about the history of cycling, we talk about the Tourmalet, the mountain most climbed in the Tour de France. A classic in the most important race in the world. Without going any further, last summer he was part of the sixth stage won by Tadej Pogacar in Cauterets, and both Vingegaard and the Slovenian completed a brilliant climb in just 45 minutes. Some record numbers… although runners will find something very different at La Vuelta today as they will climb the other side and this time it will also serve as the finish line. During the tour we went through Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (the most repeated climb, with the La Mongie section being the most demanding)., this time the climb begins in Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Most veterans emphasize that the opposite side of today’s tour, the Tour, is the most demanding, but the difference will be little or no difference.

A total of 18.9 km with an average gradient of 7.4% and 13% ramps, at the same time as the finish. It will by no means be the only difficulty of the day, since it will be a non-stop day since it begins in Formigal (Huesca).. Starting at this point says a lot because it means you are at an altitude of 1,557 meters and although it is not a very long day (135 km), at the beginning there is the climb to Portalet (4.4 km at 5.4%). . At this point the race begins on French soil and will continue to do so for the rest of the day.

Aubisque (16.5 km at 7.1%) and Spandelles (10.3 km at 8.3%), the passes passing before reaching Tourmalet. The royal stage, or without a doubt one of them. This is the Pyrenees and temperatures at the finish line will hover around 15°C under cloudy skies… and a day that will certainly see changes in the overall standings. Sepp Kuss, the leader, emphasized yesterday that his team Jumbo would act “defensively”. “We have to wait for the attacks of those who need to buy time. It’s a short phase, we have to make a good plan and play our cards. Vingegaard and Roglic (his companions) have more experience in winning major tours and for me it’s something different to be here“I’ll see how far I can go,” the American added.

Kiss, leader of the Vuelta, yesterday in Zaragoza
Kiss, leader of the Vuelta, yesterday in ZaragozaPEPE ANDRES

Yesterday, his teammate Roglic gained four seconds, which the team said was “not planned”. A paltry difference for anything that can happen today. As for the Spaniards, Ayuso spent a “normal” night on Thursday with some trouble sleeping after falling on the way to La Laguna Negra. “It won’t be easy to remove Kuss from there, but we are in a good position,” says the UAE player, referring to his teammates Soler and Almeida. Enric Mas arrives “motivated” and Evenepoel, defender of the crown, faces one of his big challenges. A date with the myth that will pay homage to the late Bahamontes.

General ranking

Sepp kiss

TJV 42h:51:20

Marc Soler

UAD +00:26

Remco Evenepoel

SOQ +01:09

Primoz Roglic

TJV +01:32

Lenny Martinez

GFC +02:02

Joao Almeida

UAD +02:16

Jonas Vingegaard

TJV +02:22

Juan Ayuso

UAD +02:25

enric mas

MOV +02:50

Alexander Vlasov

BOH +03:14

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