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Vuelta Stage 10 Preview: High Peaks, Higher Gradients

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Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 10: Torredelcampo -- Güéjar Sierra. Alto Hazallanas, 186km

Stage Rating:

High(ish) Mountain

Jerseys in Play:

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Grafix:

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Final climb... madness:

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Buzz:

Here's how I described it in the Viewers' Guide:

Lavuelta.com informs me that this is the first mountain stage of the race. This comes as a surprise to people who watched the two weekend stages, but OK. There are two major Altos -- Monachil and Hazallanes, with the latter constituting the first above-category climb of the race. Maybe that's what they meant by "mountain stage." This is Spain, after all.

With a rest day and a monster transfer beckoning, look for this one to go quickly. But it's a tough, tough stage. The Alto de Monachil comes with 30k to go and will loosen the legs considerably. But the last ascent will just plain hurt.

Vueltabecco Verdict:

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Sh... shark. Shark! SHAAAAAARK!