What's It About?
ChrisF's Dirt and Rock Pairings
The final part of the stage includes the ascent to the peak of Mas de la Costa. At the foot of this peak is a precipice of over 500 metres; this peak, standing 980 metres above sea level, is only 33 kilometres from the coast. It is one of the characteristics of the Spanish Mediterranean Coast: the alpine mountain ranges connect from the Pyrenees through to Almeria and then onto Cadiz as proof of the rapprochement between Africa and Europe.
Africa.. always causing trouble. Anyway...
The shortest distance between two points is... not fun enough. Let's see what all that circuitry is about.
Ho ho! It's got a little kick to it, eh? I wonder what that climb at the end is really like?
Mother of effing god... That's a four-km sprint to perdition. Well, except for that 7.5% false flat, but it apparently doesn't last long. This reminds me of that old joke about the old ladies at a Catskills resort. One of them says "the food here is terrible!" And another replies "yeah, and such small portions!" That's essentially how I view the Vuelta.
Whom Does it Favor
But it's also a long-ish stage with two major events happening a bit later in the week, so if Los Bigs want to let a harmless break go away for good, more power to them.
Pick to Win
For the stage... a non-obvious breakaway person. Um... Darwin Atapuma! Or Andrey Zeits. Coin flip.