Today, the longest stage (208 km) will take place at the Cycle Tour of Spain, which will take the caravan on 10 categorized climbs. Nevertheless, it is not expected that anything will change significantly at the top of the total.
American Sepp Kuss should, barring any misfortune, defend the overall lead and celebrate his greatest success and first victory in three weeks of racing at Sunday’s parade of champions in Madrid. Second place is expected for Jonas Vingegaard, and third place for Primož Roglič.
The Jumba Visme team will therefore win the first three places, and above all, after the Giro (Roglič) and the Tour (Vingegaard), they will win the third three-week race of the season, which no other team has managed to do.
Today, ten categorized climbs await the cyclists on the route from Manzanares El Real to Guadarrama, but none of them will be more challenging than the third category. The slopes will be an enviable 4,270 meters in height, and the cyclists will be more than a thousand meters above sea level throughout the day. No climb will last much longer than ten minutes, but since the climbs follow one another, there will be no real rest. Perhaps the most difficult is the very last slope, 4.6 kilometers long and with an average gradient of 6.6 percent.
The stage, whose profile is compared to the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic and which will in all probability be made more difficult by rainy weather at times, will start at 12:02 and end around 17:30.
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