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Stage 4: As Pontes - Santiago de Compostela 107.4 km

Same finishplace as the Vuelta but here we get the traditional sprint stage instead of a TT.

Sprinter of the Week : Elisa Balsamo

She's been bossing the sprints for minor places, no reason she won't when it really matters.

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Stage 3: Estación de montaña de Manzeneda - Pereiro de Aguiar 107.9 km

When Annemiek signals an all or nothing approach this stage could be fantastic but it's going to take a superhuman feat to turn the tables on Marlen Reusser.

Attacker of the Week : Annemiek van Vleuten

Wins but not with enough of a margin seems the likeliest outcome.

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Stage 2: Estación de montaña de Manzeneda 7.3 km Timetrial

Uphill TT to sort the GC. Can anyone take any time back on Reusser?

TTer of the Week : Marlen Reusser

I think those who could aren't really 100% so we may see her with an even bigger lead.

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Stage 1: Estación de montaña de Manzeneda - Arúa 118.7 km

The Vuelta is actually expanding their Madrid Challenge to a serious looking little stage race. Four days, two hilly stages, a mountain timetrial and a final day sprint. Pretty good at first glance and the WWT teams are sending their best riders for the terrain so it has potential.

Climber of the Week : Marta Cavalli

I'll keep predicting a breakthrough win for her. It's an odd stage design, the big climb could lure out a big longrange Van-attack if they are really frisky but it feels doubtful. And then there is a long descent into the finish that could spell trouble for some of those you could otherwise see on the attack. So maybe Cavalli beating Elisa LB and Moolman in a elite group sprint?

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