Stage 14: Bagà -- Andorra, 164km
To the mountains!
Mountains. High mountains.
Jerseys in Play:
Kind of an odd route -- they pass by the MTF halfway thru the stage, then do an out-and-back. Almost Liege-like.
Final climb of the day to Andorra/Collada de la Gallina, a/k/a Chicken Mountain. And as you know, I like anything that involves chickens.
Here's how I described it in the Viewers' Guide:
Quadruple-mountain day in the Pyrenees, with the Vuelta's highest point (a Colorado-laughter-inducing 2410 meters) and a final 7km climb to Collada de la Gallina, won just last year in a three-way sprint by Valverde over his two countrymen J-Rod and Contador. Expect something similar this time.... MTFs are MTFs. But this one doesn't seem like the day the race will be decided.
Honestly, I think this is still true, the pre-race favorites taking the long view will continue to see this as a day for small skirmishes only. But then you have a complete wild-card like Horner, plus a number of guys on strong teams who might find themselves open to more desperate measures (Uran, Majka, Samu). So, it shouldn't be interesting, but you never know.
Horner today, Horner tomorrow, Horner Forever!