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Vuelta Stage 11 Open Thread

I know, things looked a little classier around here with Senor de la P running the show, and it's kind of pathetic that I can't count to 11 in Spanish. But you get what you pay for in life, right?

Anyway, Stage 11 is riddled with Cycling lore, departing from the curiously-named Velodromo Oscar Freire and winding up in the city of Burgos. Burgos itself is the host of the Vuelta a Burgos, won last month by Iban Mayo (there's a punchline somewhere in here). No doubt he posed by the statue of El Cid afterwards. The route also takes the race into Castilla, home to the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, won more gallantly (no doubt) by Alexander Vinokourov in March.

After all that, today's is a rolling, vaguely uphill stage where sprinters might be under pressure, but climbers will have little to do (besides watching Caisse d'Epargne work their asses off).