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Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Contest #8 - Vuelta a Espana 2020
Time for the third Grand Tour of the season

You have to re-draw and improve 2020 Vuelta

Constraints
- Covid cancelled Grand Depart. So there are 18 stages, but you can start where you want.
- Of course you have to end in Madrid. This means that stage 17-18 transfer shall be 'realistic'
- You cannot repeat key parts of Vuelta 2019 real stages
- You have to put a stage start or a stage finish in at least 7 different Spain regions
- 2020 Vuelta decided to avoid Portugal, so you can't go there. As they will instead go in France, you can go in France for one stage finish and the depart of the following stage. Not mandatory
- There should be at least 2 high mountain stages that does NOT end in a MTF

Deadline will be Sunday 25/10/2020, 23.59

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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I have two questions:
Since the Grand Depart is cancelled, how many stages we have to do, 18 or 21??
And can we go to Andorra instead of France??

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La Resistencia wrote:
28/09/2020, 19:14
I have two questions:
Since the Grand Depart is cancelled, how many stages we have to do, 18 or 21??
And can we go to Andorra instead of France??
It's like in the first row. 59@@
emmea90 wrote:
28/09/2020, 18:21

Constraints
- Covid cancelled Grand Depart. So there are 18 stages, but you can start where you want.
Andorra is off-limits, they are saving money for TDF 2021.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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La Resistencia wrote:
28/09/2020, 19:14

I have two questions:
Since the Grand Depart is cancelled, how many stages we have to do, 18 or 21??
And can we go to Andorra instead of France??
Well, there's a town called Andorra near Teruel, you can pass through it if it makes you feel better :D
The only disadvantage is that you can't evade taxes...

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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emmea90 wrote:
28/09/2020, 20:54
La Resistencia wrote:
28/09/2020, 19:14
I have two questions:
Since the Grand Depart is cancelled, how many stages we have to do, 18 or 21??
And can we go to Andorra instead of France??
It's like in the first row. 59@@
emmea90 wrote:
28/09/2020, 18:21

Constraints
- Covid cancelled Grand Depart. So there are 18 stages, but you can start where you want.
Andorra is off-limits, they are saving money for TDF 2021.
Yes, I know :lol: But in the second row you wrote the transfer between 20 and 21 stages so I was confused.

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Since it is going to be October / November are there any restrictions on altitude finishes? Also what is the max length given on the TDF competition it was 3500 but that was 21 stages not 18?

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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No contest for giro d'italia?

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nebe wrote:
01/10/2020, 10:17
No contest for giro d'italia?
Contest #5 was Giro d'Italia

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TourDeFranceGO wrote:
29/09/2020, 22:11
Since it is going to be October / November are there any restrictions on altitude finishes? Also what is the max length given on the TDF competition it was 3500 but that was 21 stages not 18?
180 Km per stage, so 3240 Kms.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Ecco la mia Vuelta. Premetto che ho deciso di far partire e arrivare la corsa di domenica, occupando in tutto 21 giorni, dei quali 18 di gara e 3 di riposo, due dei quali ravvicinati (dopo la 9a tappa, dopo la 10a tappa e dopo la 13a tappa). Sette sono gli arrivi in salita, ma di questi sei sono in montagna e uno è in cima ad un muro di un chilometro.

Here is my Vuelta. I state that I decided to start and finish the race on Sunday, occupying a total of 21 days, of which 18 of the race and 3 of rest, two of which close together (after the 9th stage, after the 10th stage and after the 13th stage) . There are seven uphill arrivals, but of these six are in the mountains and one is at the top of a kilometer-long wall.

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1a tappa: Ávila – Segovia (174 Km)

Ho deciso di proporre all’inizio una tappa di montagna, come accadrà alla vera Vuelta del 2020 con l’arrivo ad Arrate. Rispetto a quella tappa questa è meno adatta agli scalatori perché le salite sono distanti dall’arrivo e all’arrivo i favoriti per la vittoria dovrebbero presentarsi tutti assieme, salvo eventuale sorprese

I decided to propose a mountain stage at the beginning, as will happen at the real Vuelta of 2020 with the arrival in Arrate. Compared to that stage, this is less suitable for climbers because the climbs are far from the finish and on arrival the favorites for the victory should all come together, barring any surprises

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2a tappa: San Lorenzo de El Escorial – Aranjuez (166 Km)

È la prima delle sei tappe riservate ai velocisti, che si conclude con un veloce circuito cittadino di 4 Km.

It is the first of six stages reserved for sprinters, which ends with a fast 4km street circuit.

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3a tappa: Toledo – Guadalupe (211 Km)

Tappa collinare che favorisce le fughe e le “sparate” dei finisseur, chiamati alla ribalta dallo strappo finale di 800 metri al 5.8%. Questa è anche la prima di cinque tappe nelle quali si supereranno i 200 Km

Hilly stage that favors the escapes and the "shots" of the finisseurs, called to the fore by the final stretch of 800 meters at 5.8%. This is also the first of five stages in which 200 km will be overcome

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4a tappa: Navalmoral de la Mata – Mérida (178 Km)

Tornano protagonisti i velocisti in una tappa che propone un paio di salite non troppo impegnative collocate lontane dall’arrivo.

The sprinters are back in a stage that offers a couple of gentle climbs located far from the finish line.

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5a tappa: Mérida – Córdoba (257 Km)

È la tappa più lunga. Si sfiorano i 260 Km e per questo motivo e per il fatto di essere agli sgoccioli di una stagione atipica le due salite inserite nel finale, seppur non dure, potrebbero riservare qualche sorpresa, soprattutto all’altezza del “muro” di 1 Km al 12% che si deve superare in vista dello scollinamento dell’Alto de San Jerónimo. A metà tappa si dovrà superare anche un tratto sterrato di quasi 11 Km, il cui fondo ricorda quello delle “Strade bianche” del senese

It is the longest stage. They touch 260 km and for this reason and for the fact of being at the end of an atypical season, the two climbs inserted in the final, although not hard, could reserve some surprises, especially at the height of the "wall" of 1 km at 12 % that must be overcome in view of the brow of the Alto de San Jerónimo. Halfway through the stage you will also have to overcome a dirt stretch of almost 11 km, whose bottom resembles that of the Sienese "white roads"

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6a tappa: Montoro – Úbeda (179 Km)

Alla vigilia delle prime due vere tappe di montagna ecco un altro finale che stuzzicherà le corde dei “finisseur” ancor più rispetto a quello di Guadalupe. Il traguardo è, infatti, posto in vetta a un muro di 1 Km al 10.4%

On the eve of the first two real mountain stages, there is another finale that will tickle the strings of the "finisseurs" even more than that of Guadalupe. The finish line is, in fact, placed at the top of a wall of 1 km at 10.4%

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7a tappa: Baeza – Sierra Nevada (190 Km)

Ecco il primo dei sei arrivi in salita in alta montagna. L’arrivo è quota 2500 e potrebbero esserci problemi di neve essendo fine ottobre. In caso di maltempo si sposta il traguardo a Pradollano, dove spesso si sono concluse le tappe con arrivo alla Sierra Nevada, tagliando la salita finale di 6 Km. Il valore tecnico della corsa non ne verrebbe sminuito perché il nuovo traguardo verrebbe a trovarsi a soli 2.5 Km dalla cima della precedente salita (Alto de Hazallanas), che è la più impegnativa della tappa. Altra alternativa è anticipare l’arrivo in cima allo stesso Alto de Hazallanas, in vetta al quale è terminata una tappa della Vuelta nel 2013.

Here is the first of six uphill finishes in the high mountains. The arrival is at an altitude of 2500 and there could be snow problems being the end of October. In case of bad weather, the finish line is moved to Pradollano, where the stages with arrival in the Sierra Nevada have often ended, cutting the final climb by 6 km. The technical value of the race would not be diminished because the new finish line would be alone 2.5 Km from the top of the previous climb (Alto de Hazallanas), which is the most demanding of the stage. Another alternative is to anticipate the arrival at the top of Alto de Hazallanas itself, at the top of which a stage of the Vuelta ended in 2013.

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8a tappa: Guadix – Gérgal (185 Km)

Anche nella tappa di Gérgal si superano i 2000 metri di quota, stavolta però il percorso aiuta i corridori che dovranno recuperare il tempo eventualmente perduto in salita. Arrivati ai 2151 metri dell’osservatorio del Calar Alto si dovranno, infatti, percorrere 36 Km per raggiungere il traguardo.

Also in the stage of Gérgal the altitude exceeds 2000 meters, this time however the path helps the riders who will have to make up for any time lost on the climb. Arriving at 2151 meters of the Calar Alto observatory, you will have to travel 36 km to reach the finish line.

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9a tappa: Barcelona – Barcelona ("Etapa Gaudì" – 121 Km)

Stretta tra le due giornate di riposo, si disputa quella che è la più impegnativa tra le sei tappe dedicate ai velocisti. Intitolata al celebre architetto Antoni Gaudí, ideatore della basilica della Sagrada Família, prevede un doppio circuito finale. Il primo anello, il più difficile, prevede un piccolo muro di 400 metri all’8.5% che si conclude alle porte del Parc Güell (altra opera progettata dal Gaudí); movimentato è anche il circuito conclusivo, con la più pedalabile salita verso i Jardins de la Industria e la presenza di una lieve pendenza anche sul rettilineo d’arrivo.

Squeezed between the two rest days, the most demanding of the six stages dedicated to sprinters is disputed. Named after the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, creator of the basilica of the Sagrada Família, it has a double final circuit. The first ring, the most difficult, includes a small wall of 400 meters at 8.5% which ends at the gates of Parc Güell (another work designed by Gaudí); the final circuit is also lively, with the easiest climb towards the Jardins de la Industria and the presence of a slight slope also on the finish straight.

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10a tappa: Tarragona – Ripoll (206 Km)

Alla vigilia del trittico pirenaico si disputa una delle ultime tappe destinate ai velocisti, dopo la quale rimarranno per loro solo le tappe di Getxo e Madrid

On the eve of the Pyrenean triptych, one of the last stages for the sprinters will be held, after which only the Getxo and Madrid stages will remain for them

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11a tappa: Ripoll - Alp 2500 (Masella / Coma Oriola) (101 Km)

La prima delle tre tappe pirenaiche è la più breve, ma anche una delle più impegnative, soli 101 Km e un concentrato di difficoltà che prevedono per prima la salita del Coll de la Creueta. Il finalesi snoda attraverso le due località di sport invernali che costruiscono il comprensorio Alp 2500, la Masella e la Molina (spesso arrivo di tappa alla Volta Ciclista a Catalunya). Mai affrontata prima in corsa l’ascesa finale verso la Coma Oriola.

The first of the three Pyrenean stages is the shortest, but also one of the most demanding, only 101 km and a concentrate of difficulties that include the first ascent of the Coll de la Creueta. The Finale winds its way through the two winter sports resorts that build the Alp 2500 area, Masella and Molina (often stage finishers at Volta Ciclista in Catalunya). The final ascent towards Coma Oriola has never been faced before in the race.

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12a tappa: La Seu d'Urgell - Boí Taüll (192 Km)

Si tratta dell’unico vero tappone della mia Vuelta, nonché terza ed ultima tappa nella quale si superano i 2000 metri di quota. L’ascesa finale non pendenza pendenze estreme, ma è lunga quasi 16 Km. Nel complesso in questa giornata si devono affrontare 65 Km di salita

This is the only real stage of my Vuelta, as well as the third and last stage in which we exceed 2000 meters of altitude. The final ascent does not slope extreme slopes, but is almost 16 km long. Overall, on this day you have to face 65 km of ascent

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13a tappa: Benabarre - Sallent de Gállego / Aramón Formigal (165 Km)

L’ultima tappa disegnata sui Pirenei è la più facile del trittico, ma potrebbe pesare la fatica accumulata nelle gambe nelle due giornate precedenti e che potrebbe farsi sentire nel finale della salita che conduce al traguardo.

The last stage designed in the Pyrenees is the easiest of the triptych, but it could weigh the fatigue accumulated in the legs in the previous two days and that could be felt in the final climb that leads to the finish.

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14a tappa: Pamplona - Puente de Vizcaya (Getxo) (181 Km)

Dopo il terzo giorno di riposo si riparte con la penultima tappa riservata ai velocisti. Previsto un circuito finale movimentato da una piccola salitella

After the third day of rest we start again with the penultimate stage reserved for sprinters. An eventful final circuit with a small climb is planned

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15a tappa: Ramales de la Victoria - Lagos de Covadonga / Picos de Europa (201 Km)

Ecco il classico arrivo in salita ai Laghi di Covandonga, l’Alpe d’Huez spagnola

Here is the classic uphill arrival at the Covandonga Lakes, the Spanish Alpe d’Huez

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16a tappa: Mieres del Camín - Oviedo (ITT) (32.6 Km)

A tre giorni dalla conclusione della Vuelta ecco l’unica ITT inserita nel tracciato. Il percorso è impegnativo e poco veloce, nella prima parte per la presenza di due salite, nel finale - apparentemente più “liscio” - per la presenza di lievi saliscendi, di un piccolo muro di 300 metri al 9%, di curve e rotatorie

Three days after the conclusion of the Vuelta, here is the only ITT on the track. The route is challenging and not very fast, in the first part due to the presence of two climbs, in the final - apparently more "smooth" - due to the presence of slight ups and downs, a small wall of 300 meters at 9%, curves and roundabouts

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17a tappa: Oviedo - El Morredero (229 Km)

Estrema occasione per gli scalatori per cambiare i connotati alla classifica, la penultima tappa prevede un giro quasi completo sul circuito che ospitò i campionati del mondo del 2014 prima della lunga ascesa finale verso El Morredero, poco meno di 20 Km al 6.2%, nei quali la strada procede a “corrente alternata” proponendo tratti in salita pedalabile intercalati ad altri più impegnativi

An extreme opportunity for climbers to change the characteristics of the classification, the penultimate stage includes an almost complete lap on the circuit that hosted the 2014 world championships before the long final climb towards El Morredero, just under 20 km at 6.2%, in which the road proceeds with “alternating current” proposing pedalable uphill stretches interspersed with more demanding ones

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18a tappa: Madrid (Circuito de Casa de Campo) (95 Km)

Per l’ultima tappa ho scelto un circuito inedito rispetto a quello tradizionale sul Paseo della Castellana a causa dell’emergenza coronavirus. Per evitare assembramenti e garantire il distanziamento ho deciso di spostare la gara all’interno di un parco, che consente di allestire in più punti megaschermi dotati di sedie per il pubblico distanziate uno-due metri l’una dall’altra. Il percorso prevede un paio di strappi che non dovrebbero impedire l’arrivo allo sprint, anche se ci sarà qualche corridore che potrebbe utilizzarli tentare un assolo nel finale

For the last stage I chose a new circuit compared to the traditional one on the Paseo della Castellana due to the coronavirus emergency. To avoid gatherings and ensure the spacing, I decided to move the race within a park, which allows you to set up mega screens equipped with chairs for the public at a distance of one to two meters from each other in several places. The course includes a couple of tears that should not prevent the arrival of the sprint, although there will be some runners who could use them to attempt a solo in the final

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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Vuelta a España 2K20 Contest by Pesallu

Running from Tuesday, October 20th to Sunday November 8th 2020, La Vuelta will be made up of 18 stages and will cover a total distance of 2864 kilometres.
5 flat stages
4 hilly stages ( 1 summit finish: Monte Samiño)
7 mountain stages ( 5 summit finishes: Port Ainé 2000, Cerler, Collada Taranes, Cuitu Negru, Bola del Mundo)
2 individual time-trial stages (total of 47 km)
2 rest days ( after stage 4 and 11)

map route: maps/tours/view/16434

THE RACE
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Spoiler!
All Departs and Arrivées have been strictly revised so there is enough place for La Vuelta infrastructure including podiums, team buses, signature area and free area for medical helicopter landing.
As la Vuelta is celebrating in the end of october climate is decisive. The course starts in Canary Islands where temperatures in october are over 20º and no snow expected in high altitude. Temperature in the mediterranean coast is over 23º. The Pyrenées stages temperature expected in october are between 11º-18º and it is not likely snow. Finally, temperatures in nother coast of Spain is 18º average in october. Summit finishes over 2000m could include some snow, nothing new on other races like Tirreno-Adriatico and Il Giro, so it will not alter the race as Spains autumn is very mild and realatively hot.
Included bonification sprints: 10" for 1st, 6" por 2nd, 2" por 3rd.


Islas Canarias Grand Depart
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In Tenerife you can do anything you feel like any day of the year thanks to its climate, natural surroundings and tourist infrastructure designed for fun for all the family.

Profiles overview
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Stage 1: Costa Adeje > Costa Adeje ITT
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Short prologue in South Tenerife where good climate and temperatures are assured. The GC battle starts from day 1 with a 7 km prologue. We expect limited gaps in the GC.

Stage 2: Golf Del Sur > Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Hilly stage ideal for specialists like Alaphilipe or Van Aert

Stage 3: Icod de los Vinos > Playa Paraíso
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So here we are, first serious test for the GC guys, 4 1st cat. climbs and 1 HC. Although it is not summit finish, we will see who is in shape who is not. Downhill skills will be essential.

Stage 4: Las Palmas de Gran Canarias > Maspalomas
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High mountain stage with severe climbs although the last one is 40 km before the finish line so it is the perfect day for a reduced group sprint finish and may be some gaps on the GC.

REST DAY: Transfer to Valencia
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Stage 5: Valencia > Ferrari Land. Salou
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Flat terrain ideal for Sprinters, ending in Ferrari Land. An amusement park with supersonic roller coaster recently open. As the route goes near the sea and It is a very windy area all over the year, specially in autumn, echelons are very likely

Stage 6: Sitges > Barcelona
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Hilly stage in Barcelona and another chance for puncheurs to get a win

Stage 7: Barcelona > F1 & MotoGP Circuit de Catalunya ITT
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40 km TTwhere specialists like Thomas, Roglic, Dumoulin will have to create gaps in the GC before the high mountain stages. The distance is enough to change the GC but it does not determinate it. The TT ends with a lap in the Catalunya Circuit, home of the Formula 1 and MotoGP Grand Prix of Spain

Stage 8: Solsona > Port Ainé 2000
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First Altitude Finish ending in Port Aine at 2000 m high. Although it is not a very common climb in la vuelta, never been included, it is an HC Climb hard enough to create some gaps and make up the time lost in the TT
Finish:
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Stage 9: Sort > Aramón Cerler
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Second pyrenées stage and second summit finish in a row. Cerler is not as hard as Port Aine but it still has interesting slopes and links several climbs with no plain terrain.
Finish:
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Stage 10: Jaca > Pamplona
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Flat transition stage with several côtes in the final kms, nevertheless sprint finish is expected if wind doesn't creat echelons

Stage 11: Estella > Monte Samiño
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We enter in Euskadi with an exciting stage ending in Monte Samiño, an explosive climb with slopes over 10%, previous attack in Cota de ATxe (2km at 11%) could be the key for the win.
Finish:
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REST DAY: Zarautz
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Stage 12: Zarautz > San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
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Hilly stage across Basque coast with spectacular landscapes. The ideal terrain for people like Sagan, Allaphilipe or VanAvermaet.

Stage 13: Santoña > Ribadesella
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Flat stage except the Mirador del Fitu 1st cat climb in the last 20km. Could be the day for a breakaway or a reduced sprint finish.

Stage 14: Comillas > Collada Taranes
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first stage in the Asturian High mountains and posibly the Queen Stage, as it includes long and hard climbs before the final climb.
Collada taranes is the hardest climb of Asturias and possibly one of the hardest of Spain. Its last 2 km at 20% including slopes of 32 % making the climb one of the stepest in Europe. The road is perfectly asphalted in scratched concrete
Finish:
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Stage 15: Cangas del Narcea > Cuitu Negru. Valgrande-Pajares
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Asturias says goodbye with a legendary stage with 10000 denivel. Very few stages in grand tours can do that. Penultimate effort but it is not the last one.
Finish:
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Stage 16: León > Medina del Campo
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Flat transition stage across the Castilla plateau where echelons could appear very easily and create more gaps than a mountain stage
Stage 17: Segovia > Bola del Mundo
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Last mountain stage ending in the iconic Bola del Mundo, included in 2010 and 2012 with spectacular results. Last 3 km of the stage are over 11% in scratched concrete which makes the climb even harder. Can you imagine a better place for ending la vuelta? Besides the terrain, The 2 bonification sprints in the last kms will add even more emotion.
Finish:
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Stage 18: Prado del Rey. RTVE > Madrid
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Finally, we arrive to Madrid to celebrate the end of the pain and glory of this magnificent sport. 2 bonification sprints in the last kms could even change the GC in the very last day. Big emotion until the end!

Thank you for watching guys
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2020 [Cat. 1]

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La Vuelta 2020 Re-drawn

Before you take a look at my presentation, I have both Giro and Vuelta profiles shown, simply because Giro smooths out a lot of the bumps so the profile looks more realistic. Also, if you are looking at the tracks do not pay attention to what LFR says about elevation gin (denivele.) It is wildly exaggerated when exporting GPX from ridewithgps. The tracks I've made there are public for this competition so if you want to see precise details like that, then feel free to do so. Otherwise you may be wondering why each stage has 4000m of elevation gain, some 9000!

Here is my version of the Vuelta. Given I have barely explored spain with the editor I am very satisfied with the final result but don't really expect it to get many (if any) votes :lol:

- The route is as requested made up of 18 kilometers, covering in total 3102.97km of Spanish (and a little french) territory.
- Palma in the Balearic islands hosts the Gran Partina, with 3 stages starting and finshing on the island before a short flight to Barcelona to resume the 1st week.
- 5 flat stages.
- 4 medium mountain stages with 1 summit finish.
- 7 high mountain stages with 5 summit finishes.
- 2 individual time trials, a prologue of 6km that finishes uphill and a very hilly TT of close to 50km making up 56km of TT.

The rest days fall between stages 6-7 and stages 12-13

Climbs:
- 5 'ESP' (Los Machucos, Alto de l'Angliru, El Yelmo, Puerto de la Ragua, and Hoya de la Mora.)
- 19 Cat.1
- 17 Cat.2
- 29 Cat.3
- 20 Cat.4

Summit finishes are at Beret 1850, Chalets d'Iraty, Santuario d'Arrate, Alto de l'Angliru, El Yelmo, Hoya de la Mora.

Stage 11 is the longest (245kms) and has the most elevation gain (the only stage exceeding 6000m with stage 17 just under.) Therefore you might consider stage 11 the queen stage however that is hard to do considering how hard some other days are.

We pass through the regions of: the Balearic islands, Catalonia, Aragon, La Rioja, Basque country, Cantabria, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, and Andalucía

maps/tours/view/16421
Spoiler!

Stage 1

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Stage one is a prologue from the Plaça d'Espanya in Palma to the Castell de Bellver above the city. In nature it is an uphill prologue but despite this the gaps shouldn't be too great.

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Plaça d'Espanya
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Castell de Bellver

Stage 2

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Stage two once again departs from Palerma, this time from Plaça de Sa Feixina, and we head to Alcúdia, often dipping to and from the Mallorcan coastline in the east. We finish at the Bay of Alcúdia, an area which is quite popular with tourists.
The terrain followed by the second stage isn't particularly hard at first glance, with no categorised climbs. However the route constantly undulates as we follow the coast and inland regions near Sant Llorenç des Cardassar. Also, pay attention to the wind, as we are visiting Mallorca in October there is a smaller chance we get strong wins, however towars the end of fall and reaching into November weather can get very changeable and if such an event occurs, the peloton will need to be ready. Expect a sprint in Alcúdia, but beware the wind may blow.

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Alcúdia beach which we follow through town to the finish.

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Stage 3 departs from Artà, a beautiful town in the north east of the island. We have a neutralised start at the Castle overlooking the town, and make our way across the island to Palma for a final time before we begin the final leg to the bay of Sa Calobra. Once we leave Palma we almost immediately begin climbing with the ascent the Coll des Vent, and then the formidable wall of a climb to Heura. After 152km of racing the riders arrive at the key moment, the Puerto del Portellet also known as Puig Major. The 14km climb at 6% will leave riders with enough time to thin the group out, potentially we could already see some GC men fall out of the classification. After the false flat and descent of the Portellet, we arrive at the Coll dels Reis, usually referred to as Sa Calobra. From this side the ascent is only 2kms at 7%, making for a challenging descent on the amazing architecture of the road down to the finish line at the bottom. With 250m there is a key 180 degree bend before the riders make a final uphill sprint. Whoever take the corner in prime position will most likely win the stage and take the overall lead.

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The iconic fort and church looking over town
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The amazing architecture on the descent to Sa Calobra

Stage 4

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Stage 4 will be the first of two consecutive days of over 215km before we reach the end of the first week. The stage starts in front of the famous Basílica de la Sagrada Família which is yet to be completed. From Barcelona the route climbs to a cat 3 climb before a long false flat that takes us up to Berga, host town of stage 5. From Berga, the Alto de la Rodonella is climbed, before the key moment of the race, the Coll de Pal. Normally a 19.7km climb at 6.7% would be categorised as ESP however I decided to give it a first category label because the summit comes almost 65kms from the finish line. However that is not to say the race cannot be lost here. After the summit there will be several kilometres of unpaved road on the false flat and descent towards La Molina. The final kilometre in Puigcerdà reaches gradients of 8% and a sustained slope of around 5.5%. You'll have to have strong legs if you want to win in a sprint here. The GC men will hope to get over stage 4 in one piece, as stages 5 and 6 will be the first truly important days for the General Classification.

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Basílica de la Sagrada Família
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The finishing straight for stage 4

Stage 5

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Stage 5 brings us the first true GC day, with the Port de la Bonaigua - Puerto de Beret sequence before a false flat to Beret 1850. Once again the Rodonella is climbed but this time is only category 4 as the climb to reach it is just over 1.5km long. 25 kilometres into the race the riders encounter the steep Category 1 pass from Vallcebre. From here to the foot of the descent of the Port del Canto, basically every km is uphill or downhill. Following the intermediate sprint in Sort, it will be 30km of uphill false flat to the final part of the stage. The Port de la Bonaigua doesn't think twice about letting you warm up into the climb, instead with double digit gradients. After 18km of climbing on 6%, the riders crest the 2000m mark, before plummeting down to Baqueira where the final ascension begins. The Puerto de Beret is only 6km at 6%, but after 200km in the saddle and 5500m of vertical gain it will hurt. With 3km left, the riders go over the top and onto a downhill false flat to the finish line at the Ski station.

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A medieval fort above Berga, dated to the 11th century during Roman rule.
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To the North are the mountains that seperate Beret and the surrounding Valley from Pla d'Adet, Piau Engaly and the Col de Portet where the tour finished in 2018.

Stage 6

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Stage 6 offers up the first "proper" summit finish of this year's Vuelta, at Chalets d'Iraty. Rumoured to be appearing in the 2021 Tour de France, the Chalets sit at the top of the Col de Bagargi, a 9km climb at 9%. The Bagargi Bosmendieta sequence is preceded by the Soudet and Hourcere climbs in reverse order to that of the tour's 2020 route. A finish at the Port de Larrau was also on the cards but I deemed it a little bit unrealistic, though I would've loved to finish on its slopes.

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Plaza de España in Sabiñánigo
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Stunning sights in a region of France that is rarely crossed by the Tour de France.

Rest - Huesca

Stage 7

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Stage 7 gives the sprinters only their second oppotunity to really contest for a stage. Once again the route is undulating but there is no categorised climb on the menu. It looks all set for a sprint finish in Logroño after 215km of racing over flat ground. From Huesca to Logroño, it should be a sprinter who puts their arms up in victoy.

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The riders start next to the bull Arena in Huesca. Love it or hate it, it is a part of culture in some regions like here.
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The riders finish in view of the paseo del espolón in Logroño

Stage 8

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From Pamplona to Bilbao, its once again a day that looks like it may well end in a sprint for the fast men. But looks can be deceiving. The riders are confronted with a reasonably tough Category 2 pass early on in the race, and with a fairly bumpy finale and technical dig to the line, it is possible that even if we don't see a breakaway fight it out, an exploit of the likes of Kragh Andersen in Lyon may be the deciding move on stage 8 to Bilbao.

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Plaza Moyúa is where we see the victor of stage 8 raise his arms.

Stage 9

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We have reached the halfway point of the race and this time it will not be a sprinter who raises his arms having left Bilbao. The route to the Santuario d'Arrate is short, at only 140km, however it boasts 4200m of elevation gain in that distance, with 12 categorised climbs on route. The wall up to Arrate is only 3 km long but with an average of 12.5%, and sections at 17%. Though it isn't classed as mountains, the finish after the brutal percentages will have GC riders and stage favourites alike battling it out for the front on what is a short but hectic and fast paced stage.

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The depart from Bilbao will be held at the Ametzola region of Bilbao, with its park and Bull Arena.
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A view of Arrate from above, and the surrounding landscape.

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Stage 11

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Rest 2 - Riders transfer to Madrid via the Asturias Airport then take the train to Ciudad Real (roughly 2 hours plus travel and waiting times between the two.)

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Stage 14

Stage 15

Stage 16

Stage 17

Stage 18



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Here is my Vuelta. The race will begin as the actual one a thuesday. There will be three rounds of 6 days of race separated by 2 rest days.

This race is designed to be a nervous race with many stages where leaders can lose time or attack. Sprinters will however be welcome in many stages, giving the green jersey to the most regular sprinter without a doubt.

3097,78 km of road, 6 high moutain stages (4 with a top finish), 3 medium moutain stages (1 with a top finish), 2 hilly stages (1 with a top finish) and 6 plain stages.

73 KOM sptins with 5 HC and 14 1st category.

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Spoiler!

Stage 1 : Santiago de Compostela > Quiroga (182 Km // High moutain)

First stage, first high moutain stage, first hard climb. The finish of this stage at the bottom of Alto do Boi will give the red jersey to a first string leader.

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Stage 2 : A Rua > León (172 Km // Plain)

A Bit of calm for this second stage, just in time for sprinter to take the green jersey back

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Stage 3 : León > Burgos (215 Km // Hilly )

The longest stage of the Tour. Several climbs at the end to give a chance for attackers. May be sprinter's team will not succeed to control them this time.

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Stage 4 : Burgos > Alto Cruz De La Demanda (180 Km // High moutain)

Here is the first high moutain top finish stage. The Alto Cruz de La Demanda is a difficult climb of 15 km with an average slope of 5.5%.

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Stage 5 : Haro > Bilbao - Alto de Arraiz (164 Km // Medium moutain)

The Alto de Arraiz will cost to many men. This hard and short climb above Bilbao could make gap time.

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Stage 6 : Gernika-Lumo > Eibar (45 Km // ITT)

The only time trial of this year edition is a difficult and demanding effort with two climbs.

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Rest Day in Pamplona

Stage 7 : Pamplona > Villanùa (156 Km // Medium moutain)

After the rest day, this medium moutain stages could smile to an attacker. Leaders will stay at warm before the pyrennean dyptich.

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Stage 8 : Sabiñanígo > Cirque de Tromouse (186 Km // High moutain)

An trip in France for one of the most difficult stage of the year. The final climb to Cirque of Tremouse above Luz-saint-Sauveur is 27 kilometers long for an average slop of 5%. The finish line is drawned just under 2100 m of altitude. Not a good day to have a bad day.

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Stage 9 : Luz-Saint-Sauveur > Esterri d'Àneu (182 Km // High moutain)

Time to leave France with the most difficult stage of this edition : more than 5 000 meters of positive denivel and 2 climbs above 2000m of altitude. Though this stage is not a top finish stage, the leader will fight along the downhill of the last pass of the day : the Port de la Bonaigua.

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Stage 10 : Esterri d'Àneu > Lleida (156 Km // Plain)

156km of downhill. Just a little climb on the road. This short stage is made for the bodies to rest a bit and for sprinters to reach the victory after 8 days without a chance to win.

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Stage 11 : Lleida > Barcelona - Alto de Montjuic - Estadi Olimpic (181 Km // Hilly)

Could the sprinters be on top of Montjuic? May be. Or may be attackers will fight for this stage. Or may be a solo man will attack on the last climb, Alaphillippe style.

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Stage 12 : Tarragona > Riudecanyes (200 Km // Medium Moutain)

This medium stage is not so hard but it can be a chance to a long range attack, may be to regain time and be part of the top 10 if some outsiders were trapped in the Pyrennés.

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Rest Day in València

Stage 13 : València > Alacant (194 Km // Plain)

Four sprinters stage left, this one to reach Alacant.

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Stage 14 : Alacant > Murcia (206 Km // Plain)

This is the only time that sprinters can win two days in a row, I can assure you that they will savoure this moment.

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Stage 15 : Cieza > Monte Ardal (153 Km // High mountain)

Some difficult roads for the penultimate high moutain stage with the top finish at Monte Ardal.

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Stage 16 : Huéscar > Carboneras (195 Km // Plain)

Reaching the shore before the last difficulties of the Tour

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Stage 17 : Almería > Hoya del Portillo (202 Km // High moutain)

One of the queen stage, just the day before the great final in Madrid. Hoya del Portillo is not only the hardest climb of the Tour (15km at 6%) but it's the highest point of the Tour at more than 2100 m. Today is the last day to attack the red jersey.

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Stage 18 : Madrid - Palacio Reale > Madrid - Palacio de Cibeles (128 Km // Plain)

A last day without any climb, just a short trip around Madrid to reach the finish line. Just one last sprint before celebrations.

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I don't know how can i use spoilers, can you help me?

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rober_vlc wrote:
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I don't know how can i use spoilers, can you help me?

You have to select what you want to include and in the tab that says "custom BBcodes" mark the "spoiler" option, and that's it

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Vuelta a España 2020
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Total distance 2824.61 Km
Total elevation gain 41900 m
6 high mountain stages (4 MTF)
4 medium mountain stages (2 MTF)
6 flat stages
2 individual time trials (55.34 total TT Km)
58 KOM (4 HC, 10 1st, 21 2nd, 23 3rd)
Cima Alberto Fernández: Bola del Mundo (stage 17, 2189 m)
Regions crossed (in order): Comunitat Valenciana, Catalunya, Aragón, Occitanie (FR), Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Euskadi, Cantabria, Asturias, Comunidad de Madrid (10 Spanish regions, 1 French region). Nouvelle Aquitaine (FR) was also crossed, but had no stage departure or arrival.

The first week lets riders acclimatize to the race, with sprinters having half of their chances in the first 4 race. Stage 2, on the other hand, will be an initial test for GC riders, and give indications on who will wear the Red Jersey. The first weekend sees a 17 Km ITT in the Barcelona roads, and the first high mountain stage to Vallter 2000.
The second week sees two of the most interesting stages, the French Pyrenean stages, on Wednesday and Thursday, with historic climbs such as the Tourmalet and the Aubisque that will start determining the general classification. The second weekend will see another ITT, though longer and with a KOM sprint, and a mini version of the Clásica San Sebastián.
The third week is where the fun is concentrated: three high mountain stages, with the likes of the Collada Llomena, Ermita de Alba and this year's Cima Alberto Fernández Bola del Mundo (amongst others) will indicate who will win this edition of the Vuelta, and will be able to celebrate with his teammates in the traditional Madrid stage.
Spoiler!
The stages

STAGE 1
Tuesday 20/10
Benidorm > Valencia, 186.74 Km, d+ 1198 m
Flat

The 2020 Vuelta will depart from Benidorm, where Bugno won the World Championships in 1992. The first Maillot Roja will most likely go to a sprinter.
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STAGE 2
Wednesday 21/10
Massamagrell > Alcossebre, 191.34 Km, d+ 1990 m
Medium montain (MTF)

First mountain top arrival of the Vuelta, general classification riders will compete for the Red Jersey on this short but steep climb to Ermita Santa Llusia.
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STAGE 3
Thursday 22/10
Tortosa > Lleida, 142.79 Km, d+ 1268 m
Flat

The peloton will procede northwise, from Tortosa to Lleida, for another probable bunch sprint.
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STAGE 4
Friday 23/10
Lleida > Montmeló - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 200.37 Km, d+ 1640 m
Flat

The Formula 1 circuit of Montmeló will host the arrival of the fourth stage of the Vuelta. Many ups and downs in the first part, but the last asperity (3rd category KOM) is located 40 Km away from the finish line, so sprinters should be able to get another win.
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STAGE 5
Saturday 24/10
Barcelona - Camp Nou > Barcelona - Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, 16.95 Km, d+ 168 m
ITT

An individual time trial that will start from Barcelona's football stadium Camp Nou, cross the Diagonal, pass through the center and then climb the Alt de Montjuic before arriving at the Olympic Stadium. This stage could give the race a new leader.
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STAGE 6
Sunday 25/10
Sabadell > Vallter 2000 - Setcases, 200.60 Km, d+ 4379 m
High mountain (MTF)

First high mountain stage, in the classic arrival of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Vallter 2000, with its stunning hairpins.
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REST DAY
Monday 26/10

STAGE 7
Tuesday 27/10
La Seu d'Urgell > Barbastro, 200.79 Km, d+ 2745 m
Medium mountain

A breakaway stage that will allow riders to prepare for the very hard French trip.
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STAGE 8
Wednesday 28/10
Sabiñánigo > Col du Tourmalet, 149.91 Km, d+ 4022 m
High mountain (MTF)

The only stage that I kept as it was (only a bit longer to instert an intermediate sprint in Spain, to give a sense to the sprinters' day). The magnificence of the Aubisque and the Tourmalet.
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STAGE 9
Thursday 29/10
Lourdes > Ochagavía, 169.66 Km, d+ 3712 m
High mountain

A very interesting high mountain stage, long range attacks might be risked by those who have enough energy left.
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STAGE 10
Friday 30/10
Pamplona > Haro, 168.01 Km, d+ 1187 m
Flat

A rest day for GC riders, an opportunity for the fast wheels of the peloton.
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STAGE 11
Saturday 31/10
Miranda de Ebro > Vitoria-Gasteiz, 38.39 Km, d+ 354 m
ITT

The last time trial of this Vuelta, it might revolutionize the GC. A spooky Halloween for grimpeurs.
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STAGE 12
Sunday 1/11
Vitoria-Gasteiz > Donostia-San Sebastián, 177.44 Km, d+ 2614 m
Medium mountain

A classic Sunday. The stage should provide entertainment both for stage win and for the general classification. 2020 will have its Clásica San Sebastián.
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REST DAY
Monday 2/11

STAGE 13
Tuesday 3/11
Torrelavega > San Juan de Beleño - Ponga, 197.23 Km, d+ 4934 m
High mountain

The stage with the most altitude gain comes right after the second rest day. The Puerto de San Glorio can be a good launch pad for attacks, the Collada Llomena will be a tough obstacle to surpass.
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STAGE 14
Wednesday 4/11
Arriondas > Alto del Naranco - Oviedo, 147.62 Km, d+ 2869 m
Medium mountain (MTF)

A stage that should not be undersestimated: there are enough climbs to make a hard race. The arrival on the UNESCO protected Alto del Naranco could see GC riders trying to gain precious seconds on their rivals.
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STAGE 15
Thursday 5/11
Oviedo > Ermita de Alba - Quirós, 136.46 Km, d+ 4283 m
High mountain (MTF)

The constant double digit slopes of the Ermita de Alba willbe one of the last chances to overturn the GC. A hard day for very tough riders.
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STAGE 16
Friday 6/11
La Robla > Aranda de Duero, 238.45 Km, d+ 691 m
Flat

Much needed rest (the 238.45 Km, however, make the sixteenth stage the longest of this year's edition) for climbers, will the sprinters' teams have enough energy left to control breakaways?
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STAGE 17
Saturday 7/11
Cantalejo > Bola del Mundo, 177.84 Km, d+ 3232 m
High mountain (MTF)

La Bola del Mundo. Nothing much to add really. The winner of the 2020 Vuelta a España will be crowned here.
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STAGE 18
Sunday 8/11
Leganés > Madrid, 84.02 Km, d+ 614 m
Flat

The usual last day for the riders with the circuit in Madrid, will give the chance to sprinters to grab a last stage win and to the Red Jersey to celebrate the victory with his teammates.
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pesallu wrote:
06/10/2020, 21:47
rober_vlc wrote:
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I don't know how can i use spoilers, can you help me?

You have to select what you want to include and in the tab that says "custom BBcodes" mark the "spoiler" option, and that's it
Where is the tab "custom BBcodes"? What i must select? Link? Name of stage? Sorry... I don't know

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Ok, i know now. Thanks

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Here is my submission for this Vuelta contest:
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What has to be kept in mind with my submission is that I counted in the original grand depart in Utrecht, hence why I start with a hilly stage just like the irl Vuelta.
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Spoiler!
Stage 1**
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What was supposed to be the 4th stage suddenly turned out to be the 1st. A punchy stage in northern Spain with 2 steep climbs following eachother.

Stage 2**
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A stage that shouldn't worry the gc leaders and may see a break go for the win and maybe even the red jersey.

Stage 3***
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We enter the Basque Country with our 3rd hilly stage in a row. The double Urkiola will make the riders tired before the final short and steep climb to Urgozaga before a long final descent.

Stage 4*
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Finally the sprinters have their chance in this stage that moves is close to the french border. It won't be straightforward as the last kilometers are slightly uphill, but probably not enough to drop any sprinters.

Stage 5*****
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A crazy day through France. The extremely steep Beillurti followed by the other really steep Esqueta make for an explosive start.

Stage 6****
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Altough it may not seem hard, the long distance and constant series of climbs make it really tiring.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~REST DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stage 7*
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The sprinters have another chance today,

Stage 8*
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This is an interesting stage, the long downhill will make it really hard to control the breakaway and we may see an unexpected rider win here.

Stage 9****
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This stage slowly increases from pan flat to hilly to the really steep final climb.

Stage 10**
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A bit of a weird stage if I'm being honest, but every grand tour has one of these stages where you don't really know why they are there.

Stage 11****
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The second weekend is here and we arrive with a bang. The Velefique will tire everyone out and the irregular Calar Alto will deal the final punch.

Stage 12***
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The only ITT of this Vuelta and it is one in and around Granada. It's mainly flat, but the 2 climbs will throw a spanner in the works of the pure time trialists.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~REST DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stage 13*
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A flat stage which is mainly meant to bridge the gap between Andalusia and the northern part of Spain.

Stage 14***
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Another stage for the punchers with the insanely steep climb to the Pico Villuercas in the final.

Stage 15****
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A mountain top finish as Madrid is around the corner.

Stage 16***
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Not really a mountain Stage, but the gc riders should still have to worry about this stage. The Puerto de el Mediano will feature twice in the finale and may break someone.

Stage 17*****
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The final mountain stage and it is a really hard one. We start with some pretty known climbs which are part of the Vuelta often. After this it gets interesting, the Collada de la mina on pretty good gravel may see some early attacks, then the Monte Abantos will do it's work before the final cobbled wall in San Lorenzo de el Escorial.'
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Stage 18*
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The final stage in Madrid, who will win the sprint and more importantly, who will win the vuelta?

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My proposal for this edition of La Vuelta is divided into three weeks. The first week has some flat stages, a long, demanding ITT, and the first mountain-top finish, featuring the two hardest climbs of la Vuelta. The second week features the most mountain stages, including the queen stage and two mountain-top finishes. The third week has more medium mountain stages and is similar to the 2015 and 2019 editions.

It features 6 flat stages, 4 medium mountain stages, 6 high mountain stages, and 2 ITTs. There are 2 HC climbs, 13 1st category climbs, and 30 2nd category climbs.

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Spoiler!
Stage 1: Salou > Castelló de la Plana Flat stage 188 km
Tuesday, 20th October
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La Vuelta begins with a stage that runs along the Mediterranean Sea. The terrain is flat for the most part, but the only climb of the day (Dessert de les Palmes, 7.8 km at 4.9%) can break up the peloton. Both a reduced sprint or a successful breakaway is possible.

Stage 2: Valencia > Albacete Flat stage 186 km
Wednesday, 21st October
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We continue with another flat stage that heads for the Meseta Central (or Inner Plateau). The profile is mostly flat, although it has some minor climbs. The main danger for the peloton is the crosswinds that are usually present in the area. Stages ending in Albacete have often been disrupted by strong winds.

Stage 3: Albacete > Puebla de Don Fadrique 221 km
Thursday, 22nd October
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The first real test in the mountain ranges of Sierra de Segura and Sierra de la Sagra in Northeast Andalusia features several second and third category climbs. The first half of this long stage is relatively flat, while the second half has all of the main climbs. The first two (Collado de Los Yesos and Cerro de Hornos) are third category climbs and set up the two main climbs of the day. Firstly comes Cerro del Robledillo, a second category climb featuring 3 km at 10% in the middle. Without much respite between them comes Alto de las Tejoneras (6.3 km at 6%), followed by Puerto de Pontones, which is much less steep. After its descent comes the final climb of the day, Puerto del Pinar (9 initial km at 4.6%). The finish line is located just after the descent in the town of Puebla de Don Fadrique.

Stage 4: Huéscar > Almería Flat Stage 162 km
Friday, 23rd October
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Next up is a flat stage heading for the Mediterranean coast in Almería. Most likely the stage winner will be won by a sprinter, but the stage features some climbs in the middle that might help a breakaway.

Stage 5: Roquetas de Mar > Berja ITT 58 km
Saturday, 24th October
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The first ITT is a long, hilly test for the riders. In 58 km there are more than 900 metres of ascent. The main climb in the profile is the long climb to Cerro de la Mesilla (10.3 km at 5.1%). After its descent and 15 km of flat terrain comes the second and final climb to Alto de Dalías (12.4 km at 3.5%), and a short false flat to the finish in Berja.

Stage 6: Adra > Sierra Nevada (Hoya de la Mora) High mountain 168 km
Sunday, 25th October
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The first high mountain stage is one of the most demanding, and the only one with two HC climbs. It starts at sea level in Adra and slowly climbs until reaching the first climb of the day, Alto de Alcolea (10 km at 5%). After a brief descent comes to the first HC climb, Puerto de la Ragua (25.1km at 6%), which has very constant gradients, with most km at around 7% and never exceeding 10% at any point, but few if any respite. After its descent comes 70 km of easier terrain, with just one third category climb. Then we get a third category climb quickly followed by the last climb, Sierra Nevada (19.4km at 7.9%). The toughest part is in its first km, with 5 km averaging 11.1%, and an entire km at 13.6%. The rest of this HC climb is not much easier, with most km featuring between 7-8% gradients. This climb also happens to be the highest point in this edition of la Vuelta, but it likely will be accessible because it is a ski resort, so all possible snow will be cleared.

REST DAY
Monday, 26th October

Stage 7: Toledo > Ávila High mountain 193 km
Tuesday, 27th October
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After the first rest day comes a stage which is a cross between a high and medium mountain stage. The first 70 km are quite flat, but afterward, we climb Alto de El Piélago (15.3 km at 5.1%) and Puerto de Mijares (20.4 km at 5.5%), two long first category climbs, followed by Puerto de Navalmoral (15.1 km at 4.5%), a second category climb. The finish line is located in the town of Ávila, after the classic climb to its medieval walls. The mountains in Sierra de Gredos and Sierra de Paramera have often been used in la Vuelta when visiting Ávila, and have sometimes decided the overall winner.

Stage 8: Ávila > Toro Flat stage 135 km
Wednesday, 28th October
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Short flat stage with a twist at the end, a short cobbled hill a few km from the finish that includes double-digit gradients.

Stage 9: Toro > Cistierna Flat stage 178 km
Thursday, 29th October
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Easy flat stage for sprinters on the Meseta Central.

Stage 10: Cistierna > Carangas High mountain 201 km
Friday, 30th October
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The first contact with the Asturian Massif leads us to unexplored mountain passes and a new murito-style uphill finish. The first half of the stage is relatively quiet, with some small hills and plenty of long descents. The second half, however, features many new climbs, never seen before in professional cycling. First, come two second category climbs, Alto de Fresnedillo and Collada Mohandi, that set up the final trio of steep first category climbs, Collado Amieva (8 km at 8.3%) with 950 final metres at 16.9%, Collada Llomena (7.6 km at 9.3%) and Carangas (4.3 km at 9.5%).

Stage 11: Cangas de Onís > Fuente del Chivo High mountain 240 km
Saturday, 31th October
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Whereas the previous stage was all about short, steep climbs, this stage, probably the queen stage, is about long climbs. It features over 130 km of ascent, most of them not too steep. The first climb of the day is the longest, Puerto de Panderruedas (29.7 km at 3.9%), followed by Pandetrave (9.7 km at 6.3%) and San Glorio. After its long descent comes an easier terrain, featuring two second category climbs, the very long Puerto de Piedrasluengas (26 km at 3.6%) and Collado de Carmona (10.1 km at 4.3%). The final two climbs are first category. First comes Puerto de Palombera (16 km at 5.1%) and finally Fuente del Chivo (21.3 km at 5%). This climb is the most demanding of the day. As it is a part of a ski resort, it is unlikely that it will be closed by snow.

Stage 12: Reinosa > Espinosa de los Monteros High mountain 163 km
Sunday, 1st November
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The last stage before the second rest day does not have a mountain-top finish, unlike the previous two. The first 55 km do not pose significant difficulties, but then we get to the first big climb of the day, Puerto del Escudo (7.6 km at 8.4%), short but steep, with entire km with double-digit gradients. After a tricky hilly terrain and a descent, we arrive in the second category climb of Puerto de la Braguía (4.2 km at 8.4%), with 1 km at 13.6%. After its descent and a short climb we get to the most important climb of the day, Alto de la Estranguada (5.4 km at 8.6%), which has 2.6 km at over 14% average gradient and a maximum gradient of 23%. Before the finish, in Espinosa de Los Monteros we have another climb, Portillo de Lunada (17 km at 5.8%), which has opposite characteristics to the previous climbs, but similar difficulty.

REST DAY
Monday, 2nd November

Stage 13: Parque Natural de Cabárceno > Puerto de Los Tornos Medium mountain 198 km
Tuesday, 3rd November
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The tour resumes with a mountain-top finish in a great medium mountain stage, with plenty of small, yet demanding hills in the Cantabrian Range. First comes a sequence of four climbs, Campo La Cruz, Campo El Layal, Hoyomenor, and La Granja, between km 30 to 80. After Castro Urdiales, the climbs get shorter. Then we get the final trio of second category climbs, Ubal (8.1 km at 5.7%), Torre de la Bastilla (3.15 km at 11.7%), whose surface is partially grooved concrete and its first two km have a gradient of 13.9%, and Puerto de Los Tornos (7.2 km at 6,6%), the mountain-top finish.

Stage 14: Medina de Pomar > Logroño Flat stage 132 km
Wednesday, 4th November
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Short, flat stage for sprinters, run along the vineyards of La Rioja. It might be disrupted by the strong wind of the Ebro Valley.

Stage 15: Logroño > Laguna Negra de Urbión Medium mountain 175 km
Thursday, 5th November
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Final mountain-top finish in this edition of La Vuelta and the only one run on the Iberian System mountains. The stage is a medium mountain stage, with six long climbs. The most important for the outcome are the last three second category climbs, Viniegras (final 5 km at 7.3%), Santa Inés (10 km at 5.5%), and the final climb to Laguna Negra de Urbión, which features an entire km at 11.6%, but also some false flat, and a final 500 metres at 10%. It could be affected by snow, but it will still likely be run without problems.

Stage 16: Navaleno > Riaza Medium mountain 213 km
Friday, 6th November
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This stage is much trickier than it looks on paper, as it has many climbs and few flat terrains, especially after the first 50 km, but it only has one categorised climb, Puerto de la Quesera (final 8 km at 5.6%). However, the altitude gain is significant, as we enter the Central System mountains, and when it was used back in 2015 the stage was quite entertaining, both for the stage win and for the GC. Unfortunately, it is the stage that is most likely to be affected by snow, as it is run in a very remote region of Spain, so if it snows before the stage, the snow will not probably be cleared in time for the race. Fortunately, it will probably stay unaffected by bad weather, as it does not snow as much in Spain as in the rest of Europe at this time of the year.

Stage 17: Segovia > Monasterio de El Escorial High mountain 231 km
Saturday, 7th November
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The penultimate stage is a demanding mountain stage in the Guadarrama Mountains near Madrid, designed so riders can launch an all-out attack if they need to. The first 50 km feature the well-known climbs to Navacerrada and Guadarrama, before a stretch of flat flats and undulating terrain before reaching El Escorial to tackle the final 50 km-long circuit that will be lapped twice, it features the first category climb of Abantos (13.3 km at 5,5%), which has many double-digit gradients, ideal for an attack, and the ondulating return to El Escorial. After the second lap, the riders will heaad for the finish in the monastery, which is located after a short, uphill finish (1,5 km at 7.6%). The first km of Abantos and the final km of the stage have some cobbles, but they are in good condition. There is some chance of snow, but there should not be many problems.

Stage 18: Madrid > Madrid ITT 6 km
Sunday, 8th November
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The last stage is a new concept in a Grand Tour. Instead of a boring, meaningless flat stage that offers nothing to the spectator, or a long ITT which hinders attacks on the previous stages, I have gone for an "epilogue", which is the opposite of a prologue, that can have an impact only if things are close in the GC, but every rider will still have to give 100% (no glass of champaigne before the finish). The stage is in fact one lap of the circuit which La Vuelta features every year for its final stage.

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