Stage 5: Gaudix — Lorca
What is it? A bumpy sprint stage.
Got Climbs? Not really. It's not flat, but there are no categorized climbs on the profile.
Red Jersey Battle: A day off for the bigs.
Ideal Rider: Tyler Farrar. It's a sprinters' finish, pass the kool-aide.
@Gavia: Even the sprint stages have climbs at the Vuelta. Crazy, this Spain race.
The Vuelta skirts the Sierra Nevada, avoiding their massive climbs, and this stage starts just north of the mountains. From Gaudix, the stage runs east over bumpy terrain to finish in Lorca. We are in southeastern Spain now, and Lorca lies in the neighborhood of Murcia. (Valverde, who?) There are no categorized climbs on the profile, and the final 50 kilometers descend to a flat finish. This stage should be a day for the sprinters to show their speed. Cavendish, Farrar, Hushovd, Freire: Pick your favorite.
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Farrar won the stage today in a long sprint. Cavendish, so too early. Philippe Gilbert continues as race leader. Read the Frinking Report!