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Stage 2: Alcalá de Gaudaíra — Marbella

What is it? Sprint stage, Vuelta stylie.
Got Climbs? A bumpy profile with one category 3 climb on the menu.
Red Jersey Battle: Probably not, though a cheeky breakaway could steal the shirt for a day or two.
Ideal Rider: Sprinters' Party! Watch for Cavendish, Farrar, and Petacchi in the final kilometer.
@Gavia: It's the Vuelta. Even the flat stages have climbs.

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This stage begins just outside Sevilla in Alcalá de Gaudaíra and runs directly south to the Mediterranean coast. It's a bumpy profile as the course races through the coastal ranges before a flat 30 kilometer run-in to Marbella. The organizers have decided that only one climb deserves mention, and the Alto de Pruna at kilometer 74 receives a category 3 rating. It's worth noting that this is not the highest point on the profile, and in fact, the elevation gains steadily over the next 70 kilometers. Sneaky Vuelta. Still, there's enough flat racing along the coast to bring the race back together and this is almost certainly a stage for the sprinters.

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