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Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

Let's not waste any time. It's time for the Vuelta contest, and you know the rules.

Constraints:
- Start in Burgos, finish in Santiago de Compostela. This means
a. Starting from the Cathedral and having Burgos region core of first three stages is mandatory
b. First stage shall have same exact start point and last stage shall have exact end point of real 2021 vuelta. Decide you if an ITT is reccomended because it's too dangerous to start/end there with an IRR stage.
c. Gamonteiro is the core climb of 2021 Vuelta. You have to insert it in your route.

For the rest, everything is free. You can also move out of Spain if you want, even if moving to France for doing Pyrenees is not too much a Vuelta tradition and means poorly idea of design. sisi

Deadline is sunday, September 19, 23.59

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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What about the key points of the 2020 Vuelta. Can they be used in this contest as well?
And is IRR a classic mass stage?
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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lukkier wrote: 23/08/2021, 12:17 What about the key points of the 2020 Vuelta. Can they be used in this contest as well?
And is IRR a classic mass stage?
Yes to both.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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I think I just created the most Vuelta like Vuelta that is possible. 10 MTFs, loads of 20% climbs and only 3 wholly flat stages :D

I should clarify, 4 of the MTFs are hilly, not big mountains
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Ecco la mia Vuelta. Dopo il Giro d’Italia dedicato all’anniversario della maglia rosa e il Tour dedicato all’alta moda, anche questa Vuelta ha un filo conduttore, l’80° anniversario della prima vittoria spagnola alla corsa iberica (1941). Ho cercato di inserire nel percorso le città natali di tutti gli spagnoli che hanno vinto la Vuelta, ne è rimasto fuori solo qualcuno (comunque ricordato lungo il percorso). Segnalo la particolare disposizione dei due giorni di riposo: il primo è previsto al secondo lunedì, il secondo al venerdì successivo. Aggiungo che il lungo trasferimento finale verso Santiago de Compostela è fattibile (ne hanno fatti di più lunghi, come quello di 600 Km da Andorra a Madrid)

Here is my Vuelta. After the Giro d'Italia dedicated to the anniversary of the pink jersey and the Tour dedicated to haute couture, this Vuelta also has a common thread, the 80th anniversary of the first Spanish victory in the iberian race (1941). I tried to include in the route the hometowns of all the Spaniards who won the Vuelta, only a few were left out (however remembered along the way). I point out the particular arrangement of the two rest days: the first is scheduled on the second Monday, the second on the following Friday. I add that the long final transfer to Santiago de Compostela is feasible (they have made longer ones, such as that of 600 km from Andorra to Madrid)

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Prologo: Burgos (ITT, 7.3 Km)

Rispetto al percorso originario ho conservato la partenza dall’interno della cattedrale e ho spostato l’ascesa al castello dal tratto iniziale a quello conclusivo.

Compared to the original route, I kept the departure from inside the cathedral and moved the ascent to the castle from the initial to the final stretch.

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1a tappa: Briviesca - Espinosa de los Monteros (Estación de Esquí de Lunada) (137 Km)

Ho mantenuto il traguardo nel municipio di Espinosa de los Monteros, sostituendo l’impegnativa ascesa al Picón Blanco con quella più pedalabile verso la stazione di sport invernali di Lunada e anticipando questa tappa dal terzo al secondo giorno di gara.

I kept the finish line in the municipality of Espinosa de los Monteros, replacing the demanding ascent to the Picón Blanco with the more pedalable one towards the Lunada winter sports resort and anticipating this stage from the third to the second day of competition.

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2a tappa: Medina de Pomar - Aranda de Duero (202 Km)

Prima delle sei tappe riservati ai velocisti

First of the six stages reserved for sprinters

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3a tappa: San Esteban de Gormaz - San Agustín del Guadalix (197 Km)

È il giorno delle prime dediche: la tappa è dedicata a Faustino Rupérez (nativo di San Esteban de Gormaz, vincitore della Vuelta nel 1980), al madrileno Antonio Suárez (vincitore della Vuelta nel 1959) e a Julián Berrendero (nativo di San Agustín del Guadalix, primo spagnolo a vincere la Vuelta nel 1941 e vincitore anche l'anno successivo). Al di là delle due salite in programma, non particolarmente selettive, il momento clou sarà rappresentato dal lungo tratto sterrato che si dovrà affrontare nel finale di gara.

It is the day of the first dedications: the stage is dedicated to Faustino Rupérez (a native of San Esteban de Gormaz, winner of the Vuelta in 1980), to the Madrid-born Antonio Suárez (winner of the Vuelta in 1959) and to Julián Berrendero (a native of San Agustín del Guadalix, the first Spaniard to win the Vuelta in 1941 and winner also the following year). Beyond the two climbs in the program, not particularly selective, the highlight will be represented by the long dirt section that you will have to face in the final part of the race.

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4a tappa: Segovia - Monterrubio de Armuña (168 Km)

Tornano in scena i velocisti nella tappa dedicata a Pedro Delgado (nativo di Segovia, vincitore della Vuelta nel 1985 e nel 1989) e ad Agustín Tamames, nativo di Monterrubio de Armuña e vincitore della Vuelta nel 1975

The sprinters return to the scene in the stage dedicated to Pedro Delgado (a native of Segovia, winner of the Vuelta in 1985 and 1989) and Agustín Tamames, a native of Monterrubio de Armuña and winner of the Vuelta in 1975

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5a tappa: Salamanca - La Covatilla (167 Km)

La prima vera tappa di montagna è dedicata al corridore che detiene il record di vittorie alla Vuelta, ben quattro: si tratta di Roberto Heras, nativo di nativo di Béjar e vincitore nel 2000, nel 2003, nel 2004 e nel 2005

The first real mountain stage is dedicated to the rider who holds the record for victories at the Vuelta, no less than four: it is Roberto Heras, a native of Béjar and winner in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005

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6a tappa: Guijuelo – Pinto (219 Km)

Ad un passo dal record di Heras si è fermato Alberto Contador: il corridore originario di Pinto di Vuelte ne ha vinte tre, la prima nel 2008, la seconda nel 2012 e la terza nel 2014. La tappa che si concluderà nella sua cittadina è la terza che dovrebbe proporre l’arrivo allo sprint, anche se non sarà facile per le loro squadre controllare la fuga di giornata sulle difficoltà altimetriche che caratterizzano il percorso fino a 76 Km dal traguardo.

One step away from Heras' record stopped Alberto Contador: the rider from Pinto di Vuelte won three, the first in 2008, the second in 2012 and the third in 2014. The stage that will end in his town is the third that should propose the arrival to the sprint, even if it will not be easy for their teams to control the breakaway of the day on the altitude difficulties that characterize the route up to 76 km from the finish.

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7a tappa: Toledo - Pico Villuercas (186 Km)

Non ha mai vinto una Vuelta ma non ci si poteva dimenticare di omaggiare uno dei corridori spagnoli più amati di sempre, il novantatreenne Federico Bahamontes. Nativo di Toledo, fu il primo spagnolo a vincere il Tour mentre il suo miglior piazzamento nella corsa di casa fu il secondo posto conseguito nel 1957, con quasi otto minuti di ritardo rispetto al connazionale Jesús Loroño. Ovviamente la tappa dedicata a lui non poteva che essere di montagna

He has never won a Vuelta but we could not forget to pay homage to one of the most beloved Spanish riders of all time, the 93-year-old Federico Bahamontes. A native of Toledo, he was the first Spaniard to win the Tour while his best finish in the home race was the second place achieved in 1957, almost eight minutes behind his compatriot Jesús Loroño. Obviously the stage dedicated to him could only be in the mountains

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8a tappa: Trujillo - Montánchez (ITT – 42.1 Km)

La prima fase della Vuelta si conclude con una cronometro lunga poco più di 42 Km, una distanza che alla Vuelta non si vede dal 2017 (tappa di Logroño, vinta da Froome). Fino a 3 Km dall’arrivo non si incontrano difficoltà altimetriche, poi inizia una salita di 2700 metri al 7.1% che termina poco prima del traguardo.

The first phase of the Vuelta ends with a time trial just over 42 km long, a distance that has not been seen at the Vuelta since 2017 (stage in Logroño, won by Froome). Up to 3 km from the finish there are no altimetric difficulties, then begins a climb of 2700 meters at 7.1% that ends just before the finish line.

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9a tappa: Cuenca – Alcàsser (200 Km)

Dopo il primo giorno di riposo ci si rimette in marcia con una tappa dedicata in partenza a Luis Ocaña, vincitore della Vuelta nel 1970, nativo di Priego, centro della provincia di Cuenca non toccato dal percorso. All’arrivo si ricordano invece i vincitori della Vuelta originari della Comunità autonoma Valenciana: Ángel Casero (vincitore nel 2001 e nativo di Albalat dels Tarongers, centro non toccato dal percorso di gara) e Angelino Soler (nativo di Alcàsser e vincitore nel 1961)

After the first rest day, we get back on the road with a stage dedicated to Luis Ocaña, winner of the Vuelta in 1970, a native of Priego, a center of the province of Cuenca not touched by the route. On the finish, the winners of the Vuelta from the Valencian Autonomous Community are remembered: Ángel Casero (winner in 2001 and a native of Albalat dels Tarongers, center not touched by the race course) and Angelino Soler (born in Alcàsser and winner in 1961)

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10a tappa: Gandía - Alto de Aitana (132 Km)

Si rimane sulle strade della Comunità autonoma Valenciana per l’impegnativo arrivo in salita all’Alto de Aitana

We remain on the roads of the Autonomous Community of Valencia for the demanding uphill arrival at Alto de Aitana

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11a tappa: Alcoi - Monteagudo (Murcia) (215 Km)

La tappa più meridionale della Vuelta è dedicata a Bernardo Ruiz (nativo di Orihuela e vincitore della Vuelta del 1948) e soprattutto ad Alejandro Valverde, vincitore della Vuelta del 2009: dopo tre passaggio sulla salita della Cresta del Gallo, l’arrivo è previsto a Monteagudo, la frazione di Murcia dove Valverde è nato. Tra l’altro la strada del rettilineo d’arrivo è proprio a lui intitolata: “Avenida Alejandro Valverde”

The southernmost stage of the Vuelta is dedicated to Bernardo Ruiz (native of Orihuela and winner of the 1948 Vuelta) and above all to Alejandro Valverde, winner of the 2009 Vuelta: after three laps on the Cresta del Gallo climb, the arrival is expected in Monteagudo, the fraction of Murcia where Valverde was born. Among other things, the road on the finish straight is named after him: "Avenida Alejandro Valverde"

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12a tappa: Vic - Port Ainè (223 Km)

Dopo l’ultimo giorno di riposo si riparte con il “botto” di due tapponi pirenaici consecutivi. Il primo è dedicato ai corridori catalani vincitori della Vuelta, José Pesarrodona (nativo di Sant Salvador de Guardiola, centro non toccato dal percorso e vincitore della Vuelta nel 1976) e a Melchor Mauri (nativo di Vic, vincitore della Vuelta nel 1991)

After the last day of rest we leave with the "bang" of two consecutive Pyrenean stages. The first is dedicated to the Catalan runners who won the Vuelta, José Pesarrodona (a native of Sant Salvador de Guardiola, a center untouched by the course and winner of the Vuelta in 1976) and Melchor Mauri (a native of Vic, winner of the Vuelta in 1991)

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13a tappa: Esterri d'Àneu - Luz-Saint-Sauveur (166 Km)

Anche lo sconfinamento in Francia rientra nel programma delle celebrazioni per l’80° anniversario della prima vittoria spagnola alla Vuelta. Si tratta, infatti, di un ulteriore omaggio all’indimenticato Luis Ocaña, spagnolo di nascita ma che trascorse gran parte della sua vita in Francia: “lo spagnolo di Mont-de-Marsan” era, infatti, il suo soprannome

The trespassing into France is also part of the program of celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the first Spanish victory at the Vuelta. It is, in fact, a further tribute to the unforgettable Luis Ocaña, Spanish by birth but who spent most of his life in France: "the Spaniard of Mont-de-Marsan" was, in fact, his nickname

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14a tappa: Pau – Irun (169 Km)

La Vuelta rientra in patria con una tappa dedicata ai finisseur, ma che potrebbe anche terminare con una volata ristretta tra i fuggitivi di giornata oppure con la vittoria di un velocista che sa resistere sulle salite brevi

The Vuelta returns to its homeland with a stage dedicated to the finisseurs, but which could also end with a narrow sprint between the fugitives of the day or with the victory of a sprinter who can resist on short climbs

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15a tappa: Donostia / San Sebastián – Durango (155 Km)

L’insidiosa quindicesima tappa, disegnata sulle colline dei Paesi Baschi, è dedicata a tre vincitore della Vuelta nativi di questa regione: si tratta di Abraham Olano (nativo di Anoeta, vincitore della Vuelta del 1998), Aitor González (nativo di Zumarraga, vincitore della Vuelta del 2002) e Marino Lejarreta (nativo di Berriz, vincitore della Vuelta del 1982)

The insidious fifteenth stage, drawn in the hills of the Basque Country, is dedicated to three winners of the Vuelta natives of this region: they are Abraham Olano (native of Anoeta, winner of the 1998 Vuelta), Aitor González (native of Zumarraga, winner of the 2002 Vuelta) and Marino Lejarreta (born in Berriz, winner of the 1982 Vuelta)

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16a tappa: Zarautz – Santoña (201 Km)

Anche questa tappa – la penultima riservata ai velocisti - è dedicata a tre vincitori della Vuelta provenienti dai Paesi Baschi, Francisco Gabica (nato a Ispaster, vincitore della Vuelta del 1966), Jesús Loroño (nato a Larrabetzu, vincitore della Vuelta del 1957) e Dalmacio Langarica (morto a Basauri, vincitore della Vuelta del 1946)

Also this stage - the penultimate one reserved for sprinters - is dedicated to three winners of the Vuelta from the Basque Country, Francisco Gabica (born in Ispaster, winner of the 1966 Vuelta), Jesús Loroño (born in Larrabetzu, winner of the 1957 Vuelta) and Dalmacio Langarica (died in Basauri, winner of the 1946 Vuelta)

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17a tappa: Santander – Arriondas (206 Km)

Le immancabili Asturie debuttano con una tappa che non propone l’arrivo in quota, ma che è in grado di stimolare comunque gli appetiti degli scalatori grazie alla presenza dell’impegnativa ascesa alla Collada Llomena

The inevitable Asturias debuts with a stage that does not propose the arrival at high altitude, but which is still able to stimulate the appetites of climbers thanks to the presence of the demanding ascent to Collada Llomena

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18a tappa Vuelta: Oviedo - Altu d’El Gamoniteiru (131 Km)

Con la tappa del temuto Gamoniteiru si conclude la serie di dediche speciali: oggi il ricordo è per José Manuel Fuente, vincitore della Vuelta nel 1972 e nel 1974 e originario di Limanes, frazione del comune di Siero (non toccata dal percorso), situato nelle vicinanze di Oviedo.

The series of special dedications ends with the stage of the feared Gamoniteiru: today the memory is for José Manuel Fuente, winner of the Vuelta in 1972 and 1974 and a native of Limanes, a fraction of the municipality of Siero (not touched by the route), located in the vicinity of Oviedo.

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19a tappa: La Robla - Puerto de Ancares (148 Km)

Prima della passerella conclusiva di Santiago de Compostela c’è spazio per un’ultima tappa di montagna. Per contenere il chilometraggio in vista del lungo trasferimento verso la Galizia ho deciso di proporre la salita finale al Puerto de Ancares da un versante diverso da quello tradizionale, più breve ma anche molto più ripido

Before the final walkway in Santiago de Compostela there is room for a final mountain stage. To limit the mileage in view of the long transfer to Galicia, I decided to propose the final climb to Puerto de Ancares from a different side from the traditional one, shorter but also much steeper.

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20a tappa: Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela (101 Km)

Tappa conclusiva serale per la Vuelta, resa possibile dal fatto che a Santiago a settembre il sole tramonta dopo le ore nove. Il tracciato non è comunque semplicissimo e allo sprint finale il gruppo potrebbe presentarsi non compattissimo

Final evening stop for the Vuelta, made possible by the fact that in Santiago in September the sun sets after nine. However, the track is not very simple and at the final sprint the group may not be very compact

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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Hi
I would like to present my proposal for the Vuelta a Espana 2021.

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Spoiler!
Stage 1 ITT - Burgos (Catedral) > Burgos (Estatua del Cid) - 10.43 Km

The race starts with a flat time trial around Burgos. The leader's jersey should be won by a specialist in ITT

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Stage 2 - Burgos > Burgos - 162.55 Km

A flat stage around Burgos. One mountain bonus, only to have the blue pea shirt end up in someone else's hands. Definitely a stage for the fastest riders.

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Stage 3 - Miranda de Ebro > Portillo de Lunada - 168.17 Km

The first of the stages ending in a driveway is now Stage 3. A route for the breakaway, and the Portillo de Lunada climb, doesn't seem too difficult for the GC favorites. However, some of the riders who will definitely fight in the general classification should already be determined here.
So there are many scenarios for the end of this stage.

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Stage 4 - Vitoria-Gasteiz > Irurtzun - 211.10 Km

Stage 4 is a journey through the Basque Country and Navarre. A stage with a couple of climbs, of which the decisive one is Putzuar with 30km to go. As it is a long stage the favourite will be the breakaway. However, with this being stage 4, the peloton won't want to let go of the threatening breakaways. It promises to be a really interesting stage.

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Stage 5 - Estella-Liazrra > Zaragoza - 187.65 Km

It seems like a decidedly sprint stage, but you have to watch out for the frequent crosswinds in this area.

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Stage 6 - Zaragoza > Lleida - 168.59 Km

Just like the day before, this stage should end with a finish from the peloton. A stage rather forgettable (but there must be some).

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Stage 7 - Montblanc > El Farell - Coll d'en Vila - 178.71 Km

Another not-so-obvious stage through the hills and dales of Catalonia. The breakaway should shape up as early as the first climb. The finish will be on the interesting hill of El Farell. Again, the fate of this stage will be in the hands of the peloton, on whose pace a lot really depends.

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Stage 8 - Manresa > La Molina - 182.78 Km

One of two tough stages in the Pyrenees. We will leave Manresa and head north. The riders will tackle the easier Coll de Port and Coll de Josa in the first part. The course of the day, on the other hand, is the long and demanding Coll de la Creueta, followed by a short descent to the La Molina ski station. At this stage the favourites in the GC should come to the fore, although with Andorra in prospect they may take it a little easier.

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Stage 9 - Puigcerda > Coll de la Gallina - 166.85 Km

Well here comes the main course of week 1. If we are already in the Pyrenees, we traditionally visit Andorra. A tough 166km stage from Puigcerda to Coll de la Gallina. The route consists of 4 very difficult climbs: Naturlandia, Collet de Montaup, Collada de Beixais and the final - the hardest Coll de la Gallina. This stage will surely clarify the small group that still has a real chance to win the GC.

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Stage 10 - Valencia > La Vila Joiosa - 171.88 Km

The start of the second week was a leisurely journey along the Mediterranean with a sprint finish in La Vila Joiosa. Unless the wind wants to throw in its three cents

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Stage 11 - Elche > Cerro Espuna (Collado Mangueta) - 217.10 Km

Stage 11 is the route into Spain. The riders will tackle a 217km stage over a 20km climb of Cerro Espuna. Rather by a length, we expect two races here: one for a stage from a likely large breakaway, and another for precious seconds for those fighting for the general classification. The final climb is not too difficult, but its length and the change in gradients should give the riders a hard time.

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Stage 12 - Puerto de Mazarron > Almeria - 176.29 Km

Stage 12 features beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. And that's it, because for the sprinters, this is one of the last chances to win something for themselves at this race.

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Stage 13 - Motril > Mijas (Puerto Colorado): 180.44 Km

Certainly one of the most interesting and unobvious stages in this race. The highlight will be the long and erratic climb up to Puerto Reina. However, the finish to Mijas promises to be very interesting, as it consists of 2 steep walls followed by flattens and descents. There is a 700m long wall with a 10% gradient to the finish. The stage spoils will rather be won by a breakaway or a strong puncher from the peloton. There's also a battle of the overall players involved. For so many solutions, it's going to be a very interesting stretch of the Vuelta.

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Stage 14 - Malaga > La Zubia (Cumbres Verdes) - 179.94 Km

Saturday's stage is sure to be a warm-up before the finale of week two. The Andalusian hills should make for ideal racing conditions. Lots of short and longer climbs that should enhance the atmosphere. The final climb is very dynamic, so we expect a lot of attacks.

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Stage 15 - Granada (Estadio Los Carmenes) > Sierra de la Pandera - 194.63 Km

The final stage of week 2, stage 15, will already start with a very strong beat which will be the Alto de Monachil. This is where you can really lose a lot in terms of stage. There will definitely go attacks here for a strong run of the day. Further climbs will be slightly gentler, but will only serve as a prelude to the final Sierra de la Pandera. Here, there will be nothing left to lose, so the favorites should take the stage among themselves.

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Stage 16 - San Lorenzo de El Escorial > Segovia - 200.84 Km

After a day off we set off on the route of the last week of this year's Vuelta. For the perfect start, the mountains around Madrid. In 200 kilometers you will find 3 interesting climbs that should make your day: Puerto de Guadaramma, Puerto de la Morcuera and the twice-beaten Puerto de Navacerrada. Today we should see the escapees in the main role, who will rather fight among themselves for the final triumph.

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Stage 17 - Cuellar > Leon - 232.77 Km

The longest and final stage for the sprinters. It all ties together stage 17. The journey through unspoilt Castile can be varied by the wind, which can become the main architect of the day

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Stage 18 - La Robla > Alto del Gamoniteiru - 182.24 Km

One of the most important stages of this race is the stretch from La Robla to the top of Alto del Gamoniteir. Definitely earlier there are also demanding mountains such as Alto del Codral or Alto de la Mozqueta. But the real ordeal will be Gamoniteiru, where 14 km of climbing is mixed with gradients of 10% and more. This is definitely where we can learn the most about the climbing form of the favourites. The winner will certainly remember this victory for a long time.

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Stage 19 - Cangas de Narcea > Puerto de Ancares - 141.68 Km

The last stage with an uphill finish will probably not be a boring stage. Despite being only 141 km long, you won't find a single flat moment here. You will find a series of short climbs interspersed with longer ones. Key moments include the stiff Mirador de la Arandoxo, where 6 km, is with an average gradient of almost 12%! The finish, on the other hand, will be at the difficult Puerto de Ancares, where we will probably see a lot of attacks.

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Stage 20 - Chantada > Sanxenxo - 198.50 Km

Unusual for the Vuelta, stage 20 may bring surprising results. The riders will face the Galician climbs, which are extremely inhospitable. The final kilometers are 3 loops where Monte Castrove del Meis will be ridden, followed by a descent to the finish. The characteristics of the stage will promote the dynamic riders, while the less dynamic riders, will want to gain an advantage on the steep moments of the climb. It can also be a stage full of puzzles. As this is stage 20, there will be no more calculations.

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Stage 21 - Bertamirans > Santiago de Compostela - 29.44 Km

The final ITT to Santiago de Compostela will promote dynamism. It is here, in a lonely battle against time, that all matters will be decided at this Vuelta.
Glory to the victor, respect to the vanquished!

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Key points of La Vuelta 2021:

Total distance - 3542.58 Km
Total individual time trial stages - 2
Total flat stages - 6
Total medium mountain stages - 6
Total high mountain stages - 7
Top finishes - 9 (Portillo de Lunada, Coll d'en Vila, Coll de la Gallina, Cerro Espuna, Puerto Colorado, Cumbres Verdes, Sierra de La Pandera, Alto de la Gamoniteiru, Puerto de Ancares)
The shortest stage - Stage 19 - Cangas de Narcea > Puerto de Ancares - 141.68 Km
The longest stage - Stage 17 - Cuellar > Leon - 232.77 Km

Total KOM sprints - 62
Total HC - 4
Total 1st Category - 21
Total 2nd Category - 13
Total 3rd Category - 17
Total 4th Category - 7

Sprint bonus points
1. 15
2. 13
3. 11
4. 9
5. 7
6. 5
7. 4
8. 3
9. 2
10. 1

Seconds on bonus bonuses
1. 5
2. 4
3. 3
4. 2
5. 1

I hope you like my La Vuelta ;)
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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can you leave for short distances from the province of Burgos in the first three stages keeping departure and arrival within the province?
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my tour for this contest: maps/tours/view/19382
I wanted to do a race as similar to the Vuelta style as possible.
Spoiler!
Stage 1 | Burgos | 10,4Km | [ITT] | Elevation gain: +164m
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First stage is a time trial, they climb up the Castillo de Burgos in an easier but longer way than in real life. This short time trial will decide who wears the first red jersey.

Stage 2 | Burgos · Aranda de Duero | 198Km | Elevation gain: +1845m
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The second stage is one for the sprinters. There is a second category climb in the first part of the stage where the breakaway riders will fight for the mountain classification jersey. The last 100Km are through opened roads and if there is wind the race will be very fast and some GC riders will lose time.

Stage 3 | Lerma · Quintanar de la Sierra | 180,2Km | Elevation gain: +3035m
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The third stage will be interesting to see. It is too hard for sprinters and not hard enough for the GC riders, so this stage will be probably for the breakaway.

Stage 4 | Soria · Monreal del Campo | 181,3Km | Elevation gain: +1650m
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A stage for the sprinters. In the last part there could be wind but the probabilities are low so it will be an easy day.

Stage 5 | Teruel · Valdelinares | 195,5Km | Elevation gain: +4675m
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This is the first serious test for the GC riders. Despite the stage ends in a 2nd category climb, there is a lot of climbing during the day so some GC riders could get to the last climbs with less energy than expected and we can see some surprises. Also there are lots of mountain classification points in this stage so it will be an important day also for the riders who want to fight this classification.

Stage 6 | Peñíscola · Villafranca del Penedès | 230,6Km | Elevation gain: +2605m
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Longest stage of the race and a very hard one. Almost the first 200Km are completely flat but then the last 30Km are very hard and riders will be very tired. There are a couple of tough climbs at the end and if teammates are tired maybe we'll see a fight between the GC riders.

Stage 7 | Terrassa · Lleida | 165,4Km | Elevation gain: +1835m
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Flat and easy stage, another opportunity for the sprinters two stages before the end of the first week.

Stage 8 | Monzón · Candanchú | 182,5Km | Elevation gain: +3118m
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This is not the last climb we are used to see. Last climb is steady so it will be difficult to open gaps. Maybe this will be another stage for the breakaway.

Stage 9 | Sangüesa · Port de Larrau | 195,8Km | Elevation gain: +5690m
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One of the hardest stages of the race. The last 80Km of the stage are in France and there are a few very demanding climbs where the gradient is always above 10%. This will be the first serious fight between the GC riders and the last stage of the first week.
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Rest Day 1


Stage 10 | Elvas · Mérida | 148,2Km | Elevation gain: +1266m
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We start the second week in Portugal. Easy stage and another opportunity for sprinters.

Stage 11 | Cáceres | 30,1Km | [ITT] | Elevation gain: +388m
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This is a key stage in the race. This time trial will be where some of the GC riders will try to open up time and others try to not lose it.

Stage 12 | Coria · Béjar | 188,1Km | Elevation gain: +4202m
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Long climbs without high slopes. This is a clear stage for the breakaway but we can see surprises between the GC riders after a time trial and a day that will probably have high temperatures.

Stage 13 | Plasencia · Plataforma de Gredos | 188,1Km | Elevation gain: +4246m
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This stage could be one where some GC riders can try to recover time. There is a 1st category climb at the start where a big breakaway will be made and GC riders will like to have teammates. Then the last 50Km are almost a climb without too much rest and an attack with help of teammates in the breakaway can hurt some of the GC riders and open big gaps.

Stage 14 | Talavera de la Reina · Guadarrama | 204,6Km | Elevation gain: +4074m
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An apparently easy medium mountain stage but it is not. Riders won't have any flat meter during all the stage and we are at the end of the second week so there will be tired legs. The last part of the stage is beautiful and some gaps will be opened between the GC riders. This is a part of Spain that I know very well and the Alto del León downhill will be very fast almost reaching 100Km/h and GC riders will be fighting for position. Then the last climb is 2,2Km at 5,5% but the last kilometre is a straight road which is always above 10% and it is very easy to try an attack in the first part of that straight thinking you are almost at the top and then you'll suffer a lot because it is longer than it seems. After the top of that climb there are 1,5Km which look flat but it is a constant up and down where big gaps can be opened after an attack in the last part of the climb.

Stage 15 | Collado Villalba · Puerto de Navacerrada | 172,5Km | Elevation gain: +3815m
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This stage is another fight for the GC. There are four climbs during the day but the stage will be decided in the last one and the strongest rider will win this stage.


Rest Day 2


Stage 16 | Santander · Potes | 184,5Km | Elevation gain: +3733m
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Medium mountain stage with five 2nd category climbs. This stage is harder than it looks to start the third week.

Stage 17 | Llanes · Oviedo | 145,7Km | Elevation gain: +2906m
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Another medium mountain stage but this one is completely different to the last stage. Rider will face some climbs with difficult slopes where the GC group will be broken and it is sure that there will be action.

Stage 18 | Oviedo · Alto del Gamoniteiro | 179,2Km | Elevation gain: +4804m
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The Gamoniteiro stage. It will be a very hard day which will end in possibly the hardest climb of the race. This is one of the last opportunities for the GC riders.

Stage 19 | Grado · Ancares | 191,1Km | Elevation gain: +6058m
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Ancares is another hard climb it will be harder to climb right at the end of the race. This stage also allows tactical moves where some GC riders can try to attack from far and not wait to the last climb.

Stage 20 | Ponferrada · Becerreá | 194,5Km | Elevation gain: +5399m
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I wanted this stage to be one of the hardest stages of all the race without looking like it. This will be a surprise for the GC riders who doesn't know this stage because there are plenty of places for attacks and it is also the perfect stage for tactical moves. The first 30Km are almost flat but from there to the finish line the riders won't find a flat meter. The stage is a mix between steady climbs with low slopes and short climbs with brutal gradients, and during all the day the riders will go trough narrow and twisty roads which will make the stage even harder.

Stage 21 | Padrón · Santiago de Compostela | 156,8Km | Elevation gain: +3487m
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I didn't want to finish the race with a time trial nor a flat stage. This is a tricky stage where we can see the last fight for the GC, a strong sprinter winning or maybe the breakaway fighting for the win. I think it is the perfect stage to end a race like this and it will be a day to remember because there will be a lot of fight.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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My Route (To be Updated)
1.) Burgos > Burgos (ITT)
2.) Aranda de Duero > Lagunas de Neila (medium mountain)
3.) Santo Domingo de la Calzada > Soria (hills)
4.) Zaragoza > Lleida (flat)
5.) Nargó - Vall del Segre > Rasos de Peguera (mountain)
6.) Manresa > Tarragona (hills)
7.) Vinaròs > Mas de la Costa (medium mountain)
8.) València > Alicante (flat)
9.) Cartagena > Sierra Espuña (mountain)
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10.) Cádiz > Algeciras (flat)
11.) La Línea de la Concepción > Estepona (medium mountain)
12.) Cártama > Grazalema (mountain)
13.) Córdoba > Don Benito (flat)
14.) Castelo Branco > Seia (mountain) (Portugal)
15.) Ramacastanas > Bola del Mundo (mountain)
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16.) Oviedo > Alto del Gamoniteiro (mountain)
17.) Cangas de Onis > Cuitu Negru (mountain)
18.) León > O Barco de Valdeorras (hills)
19.) O Barco de Valdeorras > Rosinos de la Requejada (mountain)
20.) Ourense > Monte Aloia (medium mountain)
21.) Padron > Santiago de Compostela (ITT)
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Here's my Vuelta submission for this contest

maps/tours/view/19397

-Big Start in the Burgos Province, with 3 stages, as requested
-Queen Stage: Puebla de Sanabria - Ponferrada (Stage 15)
-Key Climbs: Lagunas de Neila (Stage 3), Alto de Velefique (Stage 9), Portillo de las Batuecas and Peña de Francia (Stage 12), Puerto de Fonte da Cova and Puerto de los Portillinos (Stage 15), Alto del Gamoniteiro (Stage 17), Alto de Cruz de Barreiros and Alto de Cruz de Meira (Stage 18), Monte Aloia (Stage 20)
-Time Trial: 75,46km
-The Vuelta crosses the regions of Castilla y León, Castilla la Mancha, Aragón, Comunidad Valenciana, Región de Murcia, Andalucía, Extremadura, Asturias and Galicia
-Finish in Santiago de Compostela

(Detailed presentation of each stage will be posted in the upcoming days)
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my submission for this contest:
maps/tours/view/19393
Spoiler!
Stage 1:
Stage 1 will be a ITT in Burgos. It will start in the cathedral and end at the Castillo de Burgos. The first mountain jersey will be given to the rider who are first after the first intermediate time check.
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Stage 2:
Stage 2 will be the first out of 3 sprint stages. The only thing is that the middle of the stages is hilly and could tire some sprinters.
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Stage 3:
Stage 3 will be the first real challenge for the GC. The stages end on the Col de la Espina, two kilometers after the top of the steep Alto de los Machucos.
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Stage 4:
Stage 4 will be a windy one. Most of the stages is on hills beside the ocean, where the wind could blow and make splits.
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Stage 5:
Stage 5 would be a stage for the breakaway. The climbs are to hard for the sprinters, but the last climb is to long away from the finish line for the GC riders.
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Stage 6:
Stage 6 will have the first real summit finish. The first 2/3 of the stages is flat, but after that there is almost no downhill.
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Stage 7:
Stage 7 is a stage for puncheurs. The finish line is on a short hill, were the sprinters can't do much.
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Stage 8:
Stage 8 will start in Madrid, the capital of Spain, were the Vuelta normally ends. This stage will offer another summit finish, but before that there is a couple of climbs, were the breakaway will take some points for the mountain jersey.
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Stage 9:
Stage 9 will not have a hard summit finish. The last climb only have a average of 5%. But after todays stage, there will be a rest day, so more people will move onto the attack.
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Rest day

Stage 10:
Stage 10 is the second chance of a mass sprint finish, but the sprinters teams might have trouble controlling the breakaway because it is up and down all the day.
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Stage 11:
Stage 11 will be another breakaway stage, but some sprinters, there can climb, could maybe use the oppertunity to gain more points to the green jersey.
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Stage 12:
Stage 12 will be another puncheurs stage. The finish could be compared to Mûr de Bretagne, from the Tour de France, but this climb is not as steep.
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Stage 13:
Stage 13 will be a game of cat and mouse between the breakaway and the peloton. The peloton will not be lead by the sprinters teams, but by the puncheurs teams, there will try and take a stage win.
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Stage 14:
Stage 14 is the only high muontain stage without af summit finish. The descent is not techniacal and only 4 kilometers long.
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Stage 15:
Stage 15 is the last chance for a sprint finish, but the sprint shouldn't be launched to early, because the last 300 meters is on a climb of 10%.
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Rest day

Stage 16:
Stage 16 is the hardest stage so far. The finish climb is long and steep. Some people might forever be out of the GC after this stage.
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Stage 17:
Stage 17 is up and down all the time. The sprinters will most likely be dropped on one of the many climbs, therefore this stage could easyli go to a breakaway.
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Stage 18:
Stage 18 is a short and hard mountain stage there will end on the Alto Gamoniteiru. It's the penultimate chance for the climbers to take time on his opponents.
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Stage 19:
Stage 19 is the queen stage of this Vuelta. With 4600 meters of climbing in less than 130 kilometers, and a finish on top of the steep Alto l'Angliru, this is the perfect time to attack and gain time before the last ITT.
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Stage 20:
Stage 20 is the last road stage of the Vuelta, and it would most likely be another breakaway stage. The sprinters will be dropped, and the GC riders would most likely spare themselves before the last ITT.
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Stage 21:
Stage 21 is a long and hilly time trial. It is not only the red jersey there will be descided here, it will also be the mountain jersey, because there are two climbs to be tackled on the route.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my Vuelta for this contest!
maps/tours/view/19413
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Spoiler!
Stage 1: Burgos-Burgos
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A short challenging Time Trial in Burgos,the short climb combined with technichal descent will create the first gaps of this Vuelta

Stage 2: Medina de Pomar-Burgos
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After the time trial it's time for the sprinters, we start up north in Burgos and we make our way down to Burgos-city where the sprinters will fight for glory.

Stage 3: Aranda de Duero-Lagunas de Neila
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We move further south to get into the mountains. The finish will be on the Lagunas de Neila, the steep slopes will have to force riders to make gaps.

Stage 4: Soria-Zaragoza
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A flat stage, but 1 that can perhaps create chaos as the wind is always there around Zaragoza.

Stage 5: Fraga-Tremp
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A long steady climb in the middle will decide the destiny of this stage, the small climbs after it the winner.

Stage 6: Oliana-Mirador de Gresolet
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Already stage 6 and one of the hardest stages of this vuelta, constantly up and down finishing with the steep Pradell and moderate climb to the finish.

Stage 7: Ripoll-Vic
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To calm down from the hard stage there is a flat stage, but there are many obstacles on the way to the finish in Vic

Stage 8: Vic-Sant Cugat del Vallès
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Stage 9:Vilanova i la Geltru-Lo Port
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We end the first week with a mountain top finish outside of Tortosa, already used in Catalunya for example in 2017 when Valverde won it.

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

Stage 10: Torrent-Albacete
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After the restday we start easy with a flat stage to Albacete, will the climbs influence the finish, or will the wind play it's part?

Stage 11: Albacete-Cortijos Nuevos
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A sort of stage inbetween medium mountain and mountain, in the Sierra de la Segura the winner will probably come for the break, but will the gc guys go for it.

Stage 12: Cazorla-Tetica de Bacares
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After the kind of mountain stage of stage 11 it's time to get into the real mountains, the finish is at the Tetica de Bacares, which is just about further than the Alto de Velefique.

Stage 13: Granada-Valdepeñas de Jaen
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Stage 13 will take the peloton from Granada to the ultra steep slopes in the streets of Valdepeñas de Jaen.

Stage 14: Linares-Campo de Criptana
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A long flat stage in the saddle to move up north

Stage 15: Toledo-Puerto del Pico
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To cap of the 2nd week there is a medium mountain stage in the Sierra de Gredos, The last 60-70km is constantly up and down and although the slopes aren't hard the stage will be.

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Stage 16: Salamanca-Medina de Rioseco
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The last chance for the sprinters of this Vuelta, the small hills in the finale won't make the difference probably.

Stage 17: Palencia-Lagos de Covadonga
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A long mountain stage, the long descent will make the average speed pretty high and the break hard to control.

Stage 18: Corniana-Alto del Gamoniteiro
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The queen stage? Probably. All day up and down with the conclusion on the Alto del Gamoniteiro.

Stage 19: Pola de Lena-Cueto Negro
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An intermediate hilly stage, but this will no doubt create gaps among the gc leaders.

Stage 20: Bembibre-Estación de Esqui del Morredero
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The final mass start stage of this Vuelta is a mountain stage south of Ponferrada.

Stage 21: Santiago de Compostella-Santiago de Compostella
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The Vuelta will be concluded in and around Santiago de Compostella, the 3 week long Pilgrimage will end.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Hello! :augh: New user here, I would like to make a submission to this contest.

maps/tours/view/19425
21 stages, 3143km, 2 individual time trials (64km combined), 1 team time trial, 6 high-mountain stages, 5 medium mountain stages, 7 flat stages.

It complies with the rules of starting in the Burgos Cathedral and ending in the Santiago Cathedral, having the first three stages in the Burgos province and the Gamoniteiro present in the route; in fact, it's the only horse catégorie I included. Besides that, I also included all 15 regions of peninsular Spain in at least a start or end of stage along other minor topics we'll see analyzing each stage individually.
Spoiler!
Stage 1: Burgos-Burgos (TTT)
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A short team time trial to begin with. Something that, albeit not a fixed tradition, has happened plenty of times in the last years. The first part of the stage is flat through wide avenues, while at the end there is the climb to the castle and descent back to the cathedral. With this distance, the stronger teams should make differences while the stage still feels like a prologue.

Without including this year stages, Burgos still has been one of the most visited cities by la Vuelta, hosting the arrival and/or departure of 33 stages. The most recent winner was Tom Dumoulin in the 2015 ITT.

Stage 2: Atapuerca-Aranda de Duero
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The only inconvenience of team trials in stage 1 is that secondary classifications jerseys cannot be awarded. This first flat stage solves that issue including two mountain climbs. Awarding time bonus in intermediate stages of the first flat stages also involves sprinters in the fight for the red jersey, something that makes these stages more interesting, but more dangerous too.

Atapuerca, known for its archaelogical site, has never hosted a Vuelta stage. Aranda de Duero was the starting point of two stages in 2019 and 2006 (casually both of them ending in Guadalajara).

Stage 3: Santo Domingo de Silos-Miranda de Ebro
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Another short and mostly flat stage that should end with a massive sprint.

Santo Domingo de Silos had never hosted any Vuelta stage until this year. Miranda de Ebro has been neglected from Vuelta routes for 34 years (and still counting), although it was a pretty popular location in the 70's.

Stage 4: Vitoria-Alto de la Cruz de la Demanda
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I felt that including the first mountain stage the third day was too precipitated; better wait until the fourth. I have included in this Vuelta a few climbs that were pretty popular around 20 years ago but suddenly disappeared from routes. Cruz de la Demanda, the highest point of this Vuelta, is one of them. Due to its geographical situation, it's a climb doomed to "unipuerto" stages, but I still tried to create a first half of the stage hilly enough to keep it interesting in its full length and not just the last 8km.

Vitoria has hosted the departure of a Vuelta stage 18 times, the most recent in 2015. La Cruz de la Demanda has been the end of a stage 4 times, the last time in 2001, with victory for José María Jiménez.

Stage 5: Villava-Roncesvalles
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After a long transfer, next stage departs from Miguel Induráin's hometown heading to Roncesvalles, typical starting point for pilgrims who want to complete the Camino de Santiago. Between the two Navarrese villages, a high-mountain Pyrenaic stage, going through a French area systematically neglected by the Tour de France, which rarely goes western of Aubisque in its visits to the Pyrenees; in this case, borrowing these French mountains seems perfectly fine.

There is one precedent of a Vuelta stage beginning in Villava, in 1979. There are no precedents for Roncesvalles nor any of the 1st category climbs of this stage.

Stage 6: Sangüesa-Zaragoza
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After two consecutive high mountain stages, it's time for a flat one. This Vuelta was nicknamed the "Vuelta of cathedrals", so this stage goes further on the topic finishing in front of the cathedral of Zaragoza.

Sangüesa hosted the beginning of one stage in 1972. Zaragoza has been present in la Vuelta since its first edition in 1935, although it hasn't been a stage end since 2008, with victory for Sébastien Hinault.

Stage 7: Motorland Aragón (Alcañiz)-Morella
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Middle mountain stage to visit the village of Morella, one of the first locations where la Vuelta rehearsed their tradition of finishing in "muritos". Morella is far from being the steepest or hardest one, but in terms of sight-seeing it's still on top.

Alcañiz has precedents hosting one start and one finish in la Vuelta, both of them in the last decade. Morella hosted the end of a stage in 2000 and 2004, won by Roberto Heras and Dennis Menchov respectively.

Stage 8: Peñíscola-Salou
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Flat stage through the Catalan coast, with an incursion into the hinterland to dodge the dreadful sight of a nuclear plant. That middle climb shouldn't prevent a massive sprint in the end.

Peñíscola hosted the end of a stage and the departure of the following one in 1981. Salou has hosted 8 arrivals in la Vuelta, the last two in the Port Aventura theme park in 2000 and 2001. Actually, this stage is pretty similar to the 2000 one, which was won by Alessandro Petacchi.

Stage 9: Barcelona-El Tibidabo (ITT)
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The long time trial in the middle of the race. A pretty unconventional one, beginning in the cathedral of Barcelona, with a first half almost entirely flat with the exception of the explosive climb to the Montjuïc castle, and a second half that always goes up, although the slopes aren't very steep, until the temple on top of Tibidabo. Therefore, a time trial which is neither suited for specialists nor climbers, but for more all-around riders.

Barcelona has been present since the first edition of la Vuelta in 1935, with the last precedent being 9 years ago. The last time trial was sector B of stage 11 in 1978, which was 3.5km long and won by Bernard Hinault.

REST DAY

Stage 10: Cartagena-Carboneras

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A flat stage that hides some traps, with many kilometres riding literally next to the sea and hilly last 15 kilometres. Even if it should end with a massive sprint, the last part of the stage could be thrilling.

Despite being a very populated city, Cartagena has only hosted the arrival and/or departure of 4 stages in the history of la Vuelta, being three of those stages in the 1976 edition, the most recent precedent. Carboneras has never hosted a Vuelta stage.

Stage 11: Roquetas de Mar-Cáñar
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A high mountain stage through the Alpujarras area, going through many roads never visited by la Vuelta. The firt chance for climbers to revert the results of stage 9.

Roquetas de Mar hosted two arrivals in 2002 and 2018, and a departure in this year edition. The climb to Cáñar shares a few kilometres with the first half to Capileira, visited in 2015, although the last 5km are as unprecedented as most of the stage.

Stage 12: Granada-Valdepeñas de Jaén
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Medium mountain stage finishing in one of the most popular "muritos" in la Vuelta routes. Differences will be made among GC riders, although they'll be just seconds.

A Vuelta stage has begun in Granada 25 times, the most recent one precisely to visit Roquetas de Mar in 2018. Valdepeñas had hosted the end of three stages before this year, which has been the first time a non-Spaniard has won there.

Stage 13: Córdoba-Don Benito
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A long flat stage in which the main enemy of the riders will be the heat. The last chance for a massive sprint in this Vuelta should be more affordable for sprinter teams than my initial proposal.

Córdoba first appeared in la Vuelta in 1959, and it has been present in 20 editions, many times hosting more than one stage, the record being three in 1997. Don Benito had never hosted a Vuelta stage; it has had this year its debut as a starting point.

Stage 14: Herrera del Duque-Toledo
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Toledo also has a nice cathedral, but it's located among very narrow inaccessible streets and the end that works in that city is the cobbled climb to the Alcázar. Therefore, a flat stage not meant for a convenetional sprint.

Herrera del Duque is another village which has never been a Vuelta seat. Toledo has hosted 9 stage ends. The most recent precedent was in 2019, with victory for Rémi Cavagna.

Stage 15: Talavera de la Reina-San Lorenzo del Escorial
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The typical medium mountain stage through the mountains of Madrid and Ávila, this time rescuing the long forgotten climb to Abantos, not as the finish line but as a passing point 35km before the end, in a short and explosive climb in San Lorenzo del Escorial.

Talavera de la Reina has hosted the departure of six stages, one of them heading to the same finish of this stage in San Lorenzo del Escorial in 2011. That's the only precedent of a stage finishing in that village, which has also hosted three departures, with victory for Joaquín Rodríguez.

REST DAY

Stage 16: Laredo-Torrelavega

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Santander province has lots of terrain for medium mountain stages like this one. Albeit short, it has all the ingredients of a classic-like stage, with some hard climbs in the middle, a couple hills near the end and the finish line inside the Óscar Freire velodrome in Torrelavega, the most suitable place in case the successful breakaway has more than one rider who have to decide the winner in a sprint.

Before this year's edition, Laredo had only been present in la Vuelta in 1974, with the end of stage 15 and the beginning of the following one. Torrelavega has more history in la Vuelta, with nine finishes there, many of them in time trial stages, like the last one, in 2018, won by Rohan Dennis. The end in the velodrome was used in 2001, with victory for David Millar.

Stage 17: Unquera-Museo Jurásico (Colunga)
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The longest stage of this Vuelta is a high mountain one. It begins with an over-an-hour-long climb to San Glorio, followed by five more categorized climbs with very few flat kilometres between them. After descending el Fito, riders will still have to climb to the Jurassic Museum, an unimpressive hill if they hadn't spent over six hours on their bikes.

Unquera hosted its first Vuelta stage in the 2021 edition. There is one precedent of la Vuelta visiting the Jurassic Museum of Colunga, although it was for a departure in 2016 towards Peña Cabarga.

Stage 18: Oviedo-Alto del Gamoniteiro
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The expected Asturian colossus shows up at the end of the shortest stage. Despite that, the last 60km of it are really hard, with the successive climbs to Viapará, Cordal and the also unknown Collado de Espines, which shares most of its ascent with Cobertoria and Gamoniteiro, and the descent with Cordal. Including such a short loop near the end of the stage forced its length reduction, but I believe it's worth it.

Oviedo has hosted the beginning of 20 stages, although the most recent time it was visited by la Vuelta it was an end of a stage in 2019. Obviously, the climb to Gamoniteiro is unprecedented.

Stage 19: Salas-Mirador de San Roque (Viveiro)
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The hardest "murito" of this Vuelta appears after a stage with two clearly differentiated parts. The first one explores part of the mountains of Northwest Asturias, while the second one goes close to the Galician coast until the final climb in Viveiro. A stage for breakaways although GC riders won't have a relaxing day with that final climb at the end.

Before this year, Salas had only hosted the beginning of one stage, in 1993. Despite this well-known climb in Viveiro (which is certainly fitting for the race), la Vuelta has never used it; Viveiro has only hosted two departures so far.

Stage 20: Viveiro-Fonsagrada
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The last mountain stage of this Vuelta. I initally made it another Asturian mountain stage, but it didn't make much sense with the route to go back to Asturias after just having left it the previous stage. It still features seven first and second category climbs in over 200km and the same finish line in Fonsagrada, just that now the key points are in Galician soil. Plenty of terrain for climbers to try their luck far from the finish line one last time.

As mentioned before, Viveiro was the starting point of two stages, in 2007 and 2016. Fonsagrada has never hosted the arrival of a Vuelta stage, only the beginning of another epic mountain stage in 2006.

Stage 21: Padrón-Santiago de Compostela (ITT)
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This Vuelta has been really hard, so the last time trial is relatively short, but still long enough to flip a few positions in the GC. From Padrón to Santiago in the most straight line, although I added a few more cobbles than the real route to the final access to the Cathedral.

As we've been reminded many times, there is one precedent of an ITT beginning and ending in the same locations, in the last stage of 1993, won by Alex Zülle; it was 44.6km long.

Bonus seconds awarded:
Intermediate sprints with bonus and finish line:

1st: 12"
2nd: 8"
3rd: 4"

Green jersey points awarded:
Intermediate sprints and ITT

1st: 20
2nd: 15
3rd: 11
4th: 7
5th: 5

End of regular stages
1st: 25
2nd: 20
3rd: 16
4th: 12
5th: 10
6th: 8
7th: 6
8th: 4
9th: 2
10th: 1

King of Mountains points awarded:
3rd category

1st: 3
2nd: 2
3rd: 1

2nd category
1st: 6
2nd: 4
3rd: 2
4th: 1

1st category
1st: 12
2nd: 8
3rd: 4
4th: 2
5th: 1

Gamoniteiro
1st: 25
2nd: 16
3rd: 10
4th: 5
5th: 3
6th: 2
7th: 1
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Is this the last contest of this season?
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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I would like to present my Vuelta:
For this contest I tried to stick to the model of the Vuelta of making all the important stages to be top finishes, ends that frequently are in short-steep climbs, so I sticked to this plan but not forgetting to have terrain to make far attacks, Thais for watching
Spoiler!
HIGHLIGTS:
First week:
Start with an ITT at Burgos, that is mostly the same as the Vuelta one, then a flat stage and the first MTF at the Picón Blanco, I’ve maintained it because I think is the hardest climb in the Burgos province and I also like it, then I’ve done another flat and transition stage, and then the Valencia part. The first stage only has 3 third categories, including the finish at Ermita de Santa Lucía, but then the second one has got 3 thirds’, 2 seconds’, and the hard end in the wall of Mas de la Costa, the third Valencian stage has got 3 thirds’, and a very hard second wich is the Garbí, the last Valencian stage flows through the west highlands and has got some approximation climbs preceding the last wall of Xorret de Catí. And finishing the first week we’ve got the first stage with an HC, it’s a flat terrain the first 100kms, but then we have the ascent to the Collado Bermejo (1st), with a small flat part betweeen climbs and then a very unknown climb wich is the Sierra de Carrascoy, 9.6kms at 9.5%
Second week:
The second week’s got no break, the 10th stage is allredy medium mountain with an end in an explosive climb for puncheurs, the next stage’s got a flat start through a highway, but then it’s got the ascent of Blancares, El Purche and Hoya de la Mora from Hazallanas. Stage 12th, has got many surprises, starting from the first wall, then the pass through the finish line, and the tour that has got a climb of 12kms at 5.5%, and with some sterratto sectors. Later on, there is located a transition stage from south to north between Andalucía and Extremadura going before another great mountain stage in Avila, having the Puerto del Pico and the Alto del Travieso as harder climbs. The last stage of this second week is the last chance for sprinters
Third week:
Another moved start after the break day, a hilly stage between the provinces of León and Asturias, with an end in the Alto del Naranco, after this stage comes the queen stage of my Vuelta, having the climbs of: Corredoira (1st), Marabio (1st), Cobertoria (1st), Cordal (2nd), and the end in the Gamoniteiru (HC). But this isn’t the end for the high mountain because after comes another stage in Asturias, with two climbs to El Acebo(including the end), and the ‘twin’ climbs of Connio and Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas. When we come into Galicia we find two different stages of medium mountain but both over 200kms, the first hosted in a ‘serrucho’ shape in the Ribeira Sacra, and the last line stage with same start and finish as the real Vuelta one but only having the same last climb, the last ITT at Santiago I’ve made it harder with more climbs

Here is the link of my route:
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Spoiler!
Description:
1st stage: Burgos > Burgos (ITT):
This is the great start of the race and it’s equal to the real Vuelta one, so there is not much more to say about it
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2nd stage: Burgos > Briviesca (Flat):
Is a stage hold in the Burgos province with some small hills in the final part that won’t difficult the sprint
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3rd stage: Briviesca > Picón Blanco (High mountain):
The first great MTF, starting with the Altotero climb and continuing with some steep hills that would make the approximation to the climb hard and in the final climb there can be some gaps between the GC riders, but it would do harm to the riders that haven’t prepared well the race, they’ll suffer in slopes that reach 18%
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4th stage: Miranda de Ebro > Ejea de los Caballeros (Flat):
This is totally a transition stage, but it’s the first one to get over 200kms, and the wind can blow and have an important role
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5th stage: Alcañiz > Ermita de Santa Lucía (Hilly):
Hilly terrain entering in the Comunitat Valenciana, 3 third categorised climbs and the end in a short, but hard climb, that can make some gaps between GC riders, it’s the first clear final for a breakaway, some puncheurs can get also into the fight in the maximum slopes of 23%
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6th stage: Oropesa del Mar > Mas de la Costa (High mountain):
This is a stage for GC men to mark differences, at the immediate start we have gotten a 2nd category climb in wich there are going to be lots of movements for catching the breakaway, then we have 3 3rd categories, that would make damage on the peloton’s strength, before the last two ascents, in the Salto del Caballo, there can be some tactical movements preceding the wall of Mas de la Costa (3.9km - 12.3%//Maximum 22%), in wich GC riders shall show whet they’re made of
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7th stage: Vila-Real > Port de Sagunt (Medium mountain):
This is an opportunity for breakaways or for a sprint between GC riders, at the start we’ve got some flat terrain before the 3 3rd categorised climbs, then, we’ve got the Garbí, of 2nd category that can have surprises in it’s 22% of maximum slope, after the descent and the 20kms of flat road will decide who wins the stage
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8th stage: Requena > Xorret de Catí (Medium mountain):
We will have 100kms flat, before a hilly terrain of approximation to the wall of Xorret, there might be important movements in its 3.9kms at 11.6%, with máximums of 22%, the, a technical descent and the finish line
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9th stage: Elche > Sierra de Carrascoy (High mountain):
This is a complex stage in the peloton because we have 100kms flat and then the climb to the Collado Bermejo of 20kms, and then a long and technical descent to Alhama de Murcia before the super hard climb or Carrascoy (9.6km - 9.2%//Maximum 21%) it’s the first HC of the Vuelta and it would for sure make important gaps
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10th stage: Caravaca de la Cruz > Cazorla (Hilly):
This is the first stage after the break day and it is important to keep concentrated in the race because we’ve got two climbs of second category before the last short climb in La Iruela, where is located the finish line, in wich GC riders or puncheurs would fight for the win in the last 2kms at 8.2% with some cobbled sectors
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11th stage: Baza > Hoya de la Mora (High mountain):
This is one of the key stages in my Vuelta, it’s flat in the start but then it comes Blancares (10.3kms - 3.2%/3rd), El Purche (8.8kms - 7.7/Maximum 18%/1st), and the de es I’ve climb to Hazallanas/Hoya de la Mora (22.1kms - 6.9%/Maximum 22%/HC)
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12th stage: Granada > Valdepeñas de Jaén (Medium mountain):
This could be one decisive stage in this Vuelta, because probably you can’t win the Vuelta here, but you can lose it. The first surprise of the day is the Alto de Moclín (3.6kms - 11.8%), then we’ve got the pass through Locubín (8.6kms - 5.2%) and the finish line (1km - 9.4%/Maximum 23%), then it comes a long descent to Jaén and we return to Valdepeñas through a 2nd category called Haza de las Cuestas (12.4kms - 5.4%), that has 4kms of sterratto, then a technical descent to Valdepeñas and the final km at 23%
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13th stage: Córdoba > Herrera del Duque (Flat):
After the exciting stages of Andalucía I’ve included a transition flat stage of nothing to say bought it’s 195kms of length
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14th stage: Talavera de la Reina > Alto del Travieso (High mountain):
Difficult stage in the Ávila province, with a change in the climb format, short steep climbs for large regular climbs, in this stage we’ve got the Puerto del Pico (1st category), Parador de Gredos (3rd), Puerto de Peña Negra (2nd), and the Puerto del Tremendal (2nd), before the last hard climb of 13.8km at 6.7% and maximum of 15% to the Alto del Travieso, a day for moving the race and attack in the final climb
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15th stage: Salamanca > León (Flat):
The last stage for sprinters, thy won’t miss the chance, it’s a straight line crossing out the Castilla y León community, it would reach 200kms
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16th stage: Cistierna > Alto del Naranco (Medium mountain):
This is a quite important stage after the rest day, transiting between León and Asturias through Tarna, then climbing La Colladiella (1st), San Tirso (3rd), El Pardún, Manzaneda (3rd), and some movements just to probe the other GC riders in the Naranco (2nd)
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17th stage: Grado > Alto de El Gamoniteiro (High mountain):
This is the queen stage, starting from Grado (near Oviedo), and transiting through The Valley of the Balmonte river before climbing the Corredoira (7.3km - 8.6%/Maximum 18%/1st), Marabio (11.8km - 6.8%/Maximum 18%/1st), Cobertoria (7.9km - 8.7%/Maximum 14%/1st), Cordal (8km - 5.8%/Maximum 10%/2nd) and the terrible climb to the Gamoniteiro (14.6km - 9.8%/Maximum 17%/HC)
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18th stage: Tineo > Alto de El Acebo (High mountain):
The last pure MTF, starting from Tineo following the Narcea valley to go up to the first climb to the Acebo (5.7km - 10.1%/Maximum 18%/1st), that has some sterratto sectors after the climb, then the Connio (11.5km - 6.4%/1st) and the Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas (10.6km - 7.4/last 5kms over 10%/1st) before another climb to the Acebo (8.3km - 9.8%/Maximum 16%/HC)
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19th stage: Becerreá > Luintra (Hilly):
The last chance for breakaways, in this shape of ‘serrucho’, it’s not a trascendental stage for GC riders but not discarded that someone tried something in this stage, the largest one (211km), taking account that is near to the end and the forces hear are damaged
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20th stage: Sanxenxo > Mos. Castro de Herville (Medium mountain):
The last chance for watching movements to win the Vuelta from the climbers to win time against the ITT specialists, a very hard stage including 6 categorised climbs, the first one is the Chan de Arquiña (5.9km - 9.0%/Maximum 19%/2nd), then there is a non categorised climb of 1.2km - 11.3% that would make damage to the forces of GC riders, then the Cebeiro (5.3km - 7.4/with cemented part up to 24%/2nd), the climb to the Vigo University (5.9km - 7.9%/Maximum 15%/2nd), before the climbs of Portavedra (3rd) and Malvas (non categorised). Then the two hardest climbs that are the Monte Aroia (8.4km - 6.5%/Maximum 21%/1st category) and the Castro de Herville, an irregular climb of 9.4km at 5%, but with lots of zones over 18%
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21st stage: Padrón > Santiago de Compostela (ITT):
The last stage of the vuelta is an ITT of 35kms in a ‘serrucho’ profile, including some not categorised climbs that are hard and would decide the Vuelta’s winner
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Stats:
Total distance: 3,584.21
Top finishes: 10
Total high mountain stages: 7
Mountain top finishes: 7
Total medium mountain stages: 8
Hill top finishes: 3(+2 no categorised climbs)
Total flat stages: 4
Total individual time trail stages: 2
Total kms in individual time trail: 41.94
Total KOM sprints: 58
Total HC: 4
Total 1st category: 15
Total 2nd category: 18
Total 3rd category: 21
Queen stage: Stage 17th(Grado > Altu d’El Gamoniteiru), 173.24kms

Bonus seconds awarded at finish lines:
+10 seconds first place
+6 seconds second place
+4 seconds third place

Bonus seconds awarded at bonificated sprints:
+8 seconds first place
+5 seconds second place
+3 seconds third place

Green jersey points awarded at finish lines:
+50 points flat stage
+30 points hilly or medium mountain stage
+25 points ITT
+20 points mountain stage

Green jersey points in sprints:
+20 points first place
+15 points second place
+10 points third place

Mountain climb points:
Hòrs Categoriè
+20 points first place
+10 points second place
+5 points third place
1st categories
+10 points first place
+5 points second place
+3 points third place
2nd categories
+5 points first place
+3 points second place
+1 point third place
3rd categories
+3 points first place
+1 point second place
Hope you like, and if is possible enjoy my Vuelta :beer:
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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La Vuelta de España 2021
by benoît.guillot


Key caracteristics :
- 21 stages : 7 high moutain stages, 5 medium moutain stages, 4 hilly stages, 4 plain stages, 1 ITT
- 2 rest day : In Madrid after stage 9 and in Santander after stage 15
- 3502,02 km including 34,02 km against the clock
- 83 KOM sprints with 3 HC, 12 1st category, 16 2nd category, 34 3rd category and 18 4th category !
- 7 top finishes : Estación de Esquí de Valdezcaray (1st cat), Miranda do Douro (4th cat), Torre de Moncorvo (3rd cat), Port-Ainé 2000 (HC), Oviedo - Naranco (3rd cat), Alto d'El Gamoniteiru (HC) and Monte Xiabre (HC)

Key stages
- Stage 1 : Circuit stage around Burgos climbing the 3rd category climb of alto del castillo
- Stage 3 : Moutain top finish in Estación de Esquí de Valdezcaray
- Stage 5 : Hilly top finish in Miranda do Douro.
- Stage 6 : The portugues stage. Medium mountain and top finish.
- Stage 8 : Medium mountain stage to Ávila.
- Stage 9 : High moutain stage to Real Sitio de San Ildefonso
- Stage 11 : Medium mountain stage to Cariñena
- Stage 13 : Hilly finish in Banyoles
- Stage 14 : First pyrenean stage to La Molina
- Stage 15 : Second pyrenean stage with top finish in Port-Ainé 2000
- Stage 16 : Moutain stage to the very small village of Tresviso
- Stage 17 : Moutain top finish in Oviedo (Naranco)
- Stage 18 : Queen Stage to Alto d'El Gamoniteiru
- Stage 19 : Medium mountain stage to Quiroga
- Stage 20 : Last mountain stage to Monte Xiabre
- Stage 21 : First and only ITT for the final stage
Philosophy
This 2021 edition of La Vuelta was designed to contrast with the Giro and the Tour de France. While the Giro has bet a lot on the long mountain stages, that the Tour has once again crowned a rider / climber, this Vuelta is punchy with difficult mountain stages, new passes and above all a red jersey that will be able to being lost almost every day. The sprinters will still have a piece of the cake and can especially compete for the green jersey during the intermediate sprints, often placing in a favorable way for them. Each stage also includes a bonus sprint placed between 50 and 20 kilometers before the finish, either on an uncategorized climb, or mid-slope of the final ascent, or simply on the flat before the finish. These bonus sprints save 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Spoiler!
Stage 1 : Burgos - Catedral > Burgos // 201,83 km // Hilly

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This first stage will take place in the form of an urban criterium of 17 km which climbs the coast of the Alto del Castillo 10 times. The first wearer of the red jersey will surely be the result of a few riders who left late and have kept a lead close to a minute compared to the peloton.


Stage 2 : Burgos > Baltanás // 161,09 km // Plain

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Second stage and first chance to shine for the sprinters. The stage will serve as a transition for the leaders before the difficult stage the next day.


Stage 3 : Lerma > Estación de Esquí de Valdezcaray // 145,73 km // High Mountain

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Although not the most complicated, the first mountain stage should give a first glimpse of the forces present for the final general classification. The stage is short and will be won on the slopes leading to Valdecaray after a 15km climb at 5% average


Stage 4 : Soria > Cuéllar // 190,41 km // Plain

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The second massive sprint should take place in Cuéllar after a fairly long but almost flat stage.


Stage 5 : Valladolid > Miranda do Douro (PT) // 176,63 km // Plain

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The stage will be flat again but this time the punchers will not leave the victory to the sprinters on the final climb at Mirando do Douro. La Vuelta arrives in Portugal and will stay there for 2 more days.


Stage 6 : Miranda do Nouro (PT) > Torre de Moncorvo (PT) // 165,93 km // Medium Mountain

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The 100% Portuguese Stage of this Vuelta will be a decisive stage because it is difficult. The final sequence of several regular but long climbs will weigh on everyone's bodies and could well put some leaders in the zone.


Stage 7 : Freixo de Espada à Cinta e Mazouco (PT) > Alba de Tormes // 156,39 km // Plain

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We leave Portugal for one of the last pure plain stages of this Vuelta. One of the last massive sprints that seems unavoidable. But after the difficult stage of the day before, who will know if the teams will not let a small group slip away for the victory?


Stage 8 : Salamanca > Ávila // 164,16 km // Medium Mountain

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During this 8th stage, before two climbs in the last 50 kilometers, the riders will tackle a famous dirt road of the region. This stage WILL hurt especially as the efforts made here will weigh on the legs the next day.


Stage 9 : Ávila > Real Sitio de San Ildefonso // 181,39 km // High Mountain

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Second mountain stage just before the first rest day. Again, not the most complicated but the bodies will be tired and some riders may well suffer in the double ascent of the Puerto de Navacerrada before the long descent to Real Sitio de San Ildefonso


REST DAY IN MADRID


Stage 10 : Guadalajara > Molina de Aragón // 167,20 km // Plain

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Starting from the Madrid region, the peloton should fight this first stage of the second week in a bunch sprint. One of the last of the race.


Stage 11 : Molina de Aragón > Cariñena // 196,40 km // Medium Mountain

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The road to the Pyrenees continues with a stage marked by a battered final that could either crown a punchers, or a long break while leaving the possibility to a leader to attack from afar to recover some time lost.


Stage 12 : Zaragoza > Tàrrega // 184,66 km // Plain

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The stage may seem flat but the last 40 kilometers are slightly uphill until the finish line. However the sprinters will fight for their last chance for a clear victory


Stage 13 : Manresa > Banyoles // 162,96 km // Hilly

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Here the sprinters should let their chances pass. The last climb that will probably be ridden at full speed should not allow the trains to get organized properly and it is probably a big group of about thirty riders who will be able to sprint for the victory.


Stage 14 : Figueres > La Molina // 198,82 km // High Mountain

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The tone is set in this first Pyrenean stage. Long and hard, the riders will pass through many passes and small roads. Coll de la Creueta should allow those who can to isolate themselves to go win at the end of the descent.


Stage 15 : Ripoll > Port-Ainé 2000 // 166,93 km // High Mountain

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Second altitude finish in Port-Aîné 2000. Just before the second and last rest day, it will be time for the leaders to establish their domination on the general classification.


TRANSFERT AND REST DAY IN SANTANDER


Stage 16 : Santander > Tresviso // 161,55 km // High Mountain

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Cantabria has broken the piggy bank to offer Tresviso, a village of only 60 inhabitants, one of the most isolated in Spain, a grandiose finish of a stage that promises to be Dantesque. The main course of the day, the very difficult and long Jitu de Escarandi, will mark the stage and the entire Vuelta of his brand and no one will be able to pretend that day.


Stage 17 : Arenas de Cabrales > Oviedo - Naranco // 167,22 km // Medium Mountain

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Between two mountain stages, the Vuelta calms the game with a puncher stage that will lead to the heights of Oviedo. It is a safe bet that the leaders of the general standings let slip of the breakaways and the victory so many other stages will require their attention over the last few days.


Stage 18 : Morea > Alto d'El Gamoniteiru // 163,51 km // High Mountain

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The queen stage of this edition of the Vuelta will lead the riders to the Alto d'El Gamoniteiru. The stage, very hard, will first pass by the dirt roads of the Puerto de Vegarada before going to look for the Alto de la Cobertoria. After the descent, the riders will have the same climb but on a different slope and this time they will continue to the final summit.


Stage 19 : Cangas del Narcea > Quiroga // 194,78 km // Medium Mountain

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The last transition stage will lead to Quiroga after 194km of hilly terrain during which the last victorious breakaway should give itself a lot of joy.


Stage 20 : Monforte de Lemos > Monte Xiabre // 202,77 km // High Mountain

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Last mountain stage which should be summarized with the final climb of Monte Xiabre even if the previous climb will surely have already done some damage. Between keeping forces for the time trial or attacking to grab seconds, the strong men will have a lot to do on these difficult slopes.


Stage 21 : Pedrouzo > Santiago de Compostela - Catedral // 34,02 km // ITT

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The last stage, the only time trial of this edition, will start in Pedrouzo, the last stage on the Camino de Santiago. This timed test will be hard, with two short ascents and will lead all the riders, one by one, to the grandiose cathedral of Santiago di Compostella, the end of this Vuelta.
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Spoiler!
Stage 1 : Burgos - Catedral > Burgos // 201,83 km // Hilly

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This first stage will take place in the form of an urban criterium of 17 km which climbs the coast of the Alto del Castillo 10 times. The first wearer of the red jersey will surely be the result of a few riders who left late and have kept a lead close to a minute compared to the peloton.


Stage 2 : Burgos > Baltanás // 161,09 km // Plain

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Second stage and first chance to shine for the sprinters. The stage will serve as a transition for the leaders before the difficult stage the next day.


Stage 3 : Lerma > Estación de Esquí de Valdezcaray // 145,73 km // High Mountain

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Although not the most complicated, the first mountain stage should give a first glimpse of the forces present for the final general classification. The stage is short and will be won on the slopes leading to Valdecaray after a 15km climb at 5% average


Stage 4 : Soria > Cuéllar // 190,41 km // Plain

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The second massive sprint should take place in Cuéllar after a fairly long but almost flat stage.


Stage 5 : Valladolid > Miranda do Douro (PT) // 176,63 km // Plain

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The stage will be flat again but this time the punchers will not leave the victory to the sprinters on the final climb at Mirando do Douro. La Vuelta arrives in Portugal and will stay there for 2 more days.


Stage 6 : Miranda do Nouro (PT) > Torre de Moncorvo (PT) // 165,93 km // Medium Mountain

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The 100% Portuguese Stage of this Vuelta will be a decisive stage because it is difficult. The final sequence of several regular but long climbs will weigh on everyone's bodies and could well put some leaders in the zone.


Stage 7 : Freixo de Espada à Cinta e Mazouco (PT) > Alba de Tormes // 156,39 km // Plain

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We leave Portugal for one of the last pure plain stages of this Vuelta. One of the last massive sprints that seems unavoidable. But after the difficult stage of the day before, who will know if the teams will not let a small group slip away for the victory?


Stage 8 : Salamanca > Ávila // 164,16 km // Medium Mountain

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During this 8th stage, before two climbs in the last 50 kilometers, the riders will tackle a famous dirt road of the region. This stage WILL hurt especially as the efforts made here will weigh on the legs the next day.


Stage 9 : Ávila > Real Sitio de San Ildefonso // 181,39 km // High Mountain

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Second mountain stage just before the first rest day. Again, not the most complicated but the bodies will be tired and some riders may well suffer in the double ascent of the Puerto de Navacerrada before the long descent to Real Sitio de San Ildefonso


REST DAY IN MADRID


Stage 10 : Guadalajara > Molina de Aragón // 167,20 km // Plain

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Starting from the Madrid region, the peloton should fight this first stage of the second week in a bunch sprint. One of the last of the race.


Stage 11 : Molina de Aragón > Cariñena // 196,40 km // Medium Mountain

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The road to the Pyrenees continues with a stage marked by a battered final that could either crown a punchers, or a long break while leaving the possibility to a leader to attack from afar to recover some time lost.


Stage 12 : Zaragoza > Tàrrega // 184,66 km // Plain

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The stage may seem flat but the last 40 kilometers are slightly uphill until the finish line. However the sprinters will fight for their last chance for a clear victory


Stage 13 : Manresa > Banyoles // 162,96 km // Hilly

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Here the sprinters should let their chances pass. The last climb that will probably be ridden at full speed should not allow the trains to get organized properly and it is probably a big group of about thirty riders who will be able to sprint for the victory.


Stage 14 : Figueres > La Molina // 198,82 km // High Mountain

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The tone is set in this first Pyrenean stage. Long and hard, the riders will pass through many passes and small roads. Coll de la Creueta should allow those who can to isolate themselves to go win at the end of the descent.


Stage 15 : Ripoll > Port-Ainé 2000 // 166,93 km // High Mountain

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Second altitude finish in Port-Aîné 2000. Just before the second and last rest day, it will be time for the leaders to establish their domination on the general classification.


TRANSFERT AND REST DAY IN SANTANDER


Stage 16 : Santander > Tresviso // 161,55 km // High Mountain

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Cantabria has broken the piggy bank to offer Tresviso, a village of only 60 inhabitants, one of the most isolated in Spain, a grandiose finish of a stage that promises to be Dantesque. The main course of the day, the very difficult and long Jitu de Escarandi, will mark the stage and the entire Vuelta of his brand and no one will be able to pretend that day.


Stage 17 : Arenas de Cabrales > Oviedo - Naranco // 167,22 km // Medium Mountain

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Between two mountain stages, the Vuelta calms the game with a puncher stage that will lead to the heights of Oviedo. It is a safe bet that the leaders of the general standings let slip of the breakaways and the victory so many other stages will require their attention over the last few days.


Stage 18 : Morea > Alto d'El Gamoniteiru // 163,51 km // High Mountain

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The queen stage of this edition of the Vuelta will lead the riders to the Alto d'El Gamoniteiru. The stage, very hard, will first pass by the dirt roads of the Puerto de Vegarada before going to look for the Alto de la Cobertoria. After the descent, the riders will have the same climb but on a different slope and this time they will continue to the final summit.


Stage 19 : Cangas del Narcea > Quiroga // 194,78 km // Medium Mountain

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The last transition stage will lead to Quiroga after 194km of hilly terrain during which the last victorious breakaway should give itself a lot of joy.


Stage 20 : Monforte de Lemos > Monte Xiabre // 202,77 km // High Mountain

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Last mountain stage which should be summarized with the final climb of Monte Xiabre even if the previous climb will surely have already done some damage. Between keeping forces for the time trial or attacking to grab seconds, the strong men will have a lot to do on these difficult slopes.


Stage 21 : Pedrouzo > Santiago de Compostela - Catedral // 34,02 km // ITT

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The last stage, the only time trial of this edition, will start in Pedrouzo, the last stage on the Camino de Santiago. This timed test will be hard, with two short ascents and will lead all the riders, one by one, to the grandiose cathedral of Santiago di Compostella, the end of this Vuelta.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Here is my Vuelta for this contest : maps/tours/view/19469
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Stage 1 : Burgos – Burgos, 14,5km TTT

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No surprise for this first stage with a team time trial beginning with the Alto del Castillo de Burgos (600m à 6%) but globally very flat and favorable to the big men. Teams will need to be careful in the descent of the Alto del Castillo de Burgos but no other difficulty.


Stage 2 : Burgos – Burgos, 192km, flat

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Victory should reward a sprinter but nothing is certain with a road like this one. The climb of Lagunas de Neila (4,8km at 9%) is far from the arrival but hard enough to make explode the peloton, especially with the Alto de la Cruz (5,5km à 5,3%) after, 56km from Burgos.



Stage 3 : Villadiego – Aranda de Duero, 177 km, flat

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Sprinter will play the win today. Nothing hard enough to trick them, even if the road id not always flat.


Stage 4 : Valladolid – Cercedilla, 181km, medium mountain

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It’s the start of the mountain of this Vuelta. Not arrival at the top but at Cercedilla, already city of the arrival of the stage 20 in 2015. Its slopes (2,8km at 4,2%) isn’t too hard but will arrive
after the tough climb of Navacerrada (7,1km à 7,4%). Climbers will have a perfect way to make gaps.


Stage 5 : Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu) – Tomelloso, 211,5km flat

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Flat stage but tricky stage. The last 130km of the fifth stage is exposed to the wind and will probably provoke some echelons. If it splits far from the line, gaps could be huge…


Stage 6 : Valdepenas – Ubeda, 186,5km, medium mountain

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It’s the type of stage typic of the Vuelta. Too hard to sprinters or puncheurs, too easy for climbers… A perfect day for breakway but the winner should be a good climber because the hard slopes of the climb to Iznatoraf (2,1km at 12,5%) will make big differences. Be careful too of the last kilometer, cobbled and in climb (800m at 7%).


Stage 7 : Pozo Alcon – Murcie, 220,5km, flat

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Impossible to not go to Murcia and pay homage to Alejandro Valverde. It will be at the term of the longest stage of the Vuelta but one of the easiest too. It will be flat and even in descent in more than the half of the day.


Stage 8 : Elche – Alto de Aitana, 193,5km high mountain

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First big arrival at the top with the come back of the Alto de Aitana, not seen since 2016. The climb of 16,2km at 6,4% will conclude a day really difficult with another long ascent (26,8km at 3,5% of the Alto del Torno) but six climbs between them two. Tough day and big gaps possible.


Stage 9 : Benidorm – Parcent, 146,5km medium mountain

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Hard day there too with 11 climbs but everything should be played ine the last three ascents, the tougher one. The enchainment of Coll del Pi (6km at 7,5%)-Portet de Castells (3,8km at 11,9%)-Mirador dels Collados (5,2km at 7,1%) will make some differences and, with no flat section in the last 30km, offensives riders will be rewarded.


REST DAY



Stage 10 : Vilanova I la Geltru – Castelldefels, 117km medium mountain

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It’s the type of stage that Vuelta has never seen so far. With three very long dirt roads, the favorites may be in danger today. The Alto del Garraf (4,6km at 9,7%), at 36km of the arrival, will probably be the key point of the stage but not the only highlight.


Stage 11 : Barcelona (Camp Nou) – Barcelona (Montjuic), 36,5km ITT

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It’s the first individual time-trial of the Vuelta and the longest too. The 36,5km of this time-trial are totally flat during 30km before to climb to the Castell de Montjuic with a road of 1,8km at
8,2%. Riders will next descend to Plaza Magica. Climbers will be in danger against the specialists of the exercice.


Stage 12 : Girona – Rasos de Peguera, 211,5km high mountain

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It’s maybe the queen stage of the Vuelta, with three 1re cat climbs and two Especial climbs. An hard day where the toughest part is not the final but the section between 86km and 38km of the arrival. A section where we will find the Coll de Jou (5,1km at 7,9%), the Coll de Pradel (6,5km at 10,4%) and the Coll de Fumanya (5,6km at 9%). Riders will go down next to arrive to the foot of the final climb to Rasos de Peguera (15km at 7,5%). Big day in the race for the final victory.


Stage 13 : Solsona – Huesca, 213km flat

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One of the easiest day of the Vuelta and an stage obviously for sprinters.


Stage 14 : Huesca – Pampeluna, 176,5km flat/medium mountain

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Sprinters ? Breakaway ? Tough choice for a stage difficult but not impossible to win for a sprinter. But the two little climbs in the final (600m at 4,5% and 500m at 7%) will make their task harder.


Stage 15 : Pampeluna – Sanctuario de Urkiola, 169,5km medium mountain

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It’s Pays Basque time ! After 76km of flat, hard slopes will begin with the Zumarraga wall (2,3km at 10,3%) and 34km later by the climb of Izua (3,5km at 9,9%). But the real things will starts in the climb of Balcon de Bizkaia and its 6,4km at 9,2% and slopes somethings harder than 15%. But be careful to the descent to Durango, technic and narrow in the first part. For the final climb, riders will rediscover the ascent to the Sanctuario de Urkiola (5,6km at 9,2%), not seen in race since 2010 and never taken by the Vuelta.

REST DAY

Stage 16 : Santander – Monte Deva, 193km hilly

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A Vuelta is not a Vuelta without monstruous slopes. It will be the case today with one of the toughest climbs in Spain. Monte Deva will offer a final climb of 2,3km at 13,8% and some slopes at more than 25% !!


Stage 17 : Gijon – Alto de Gamoniteiru, 126km high mountain

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To make Gamoniteiru more tempting and a nicer explanation between leaders, the race is easier. But I choose to conserve Cordal before, because its descent are tricky and could offer tactical options.


Stage 18 : Oviedo – Leon, 189,5km flat

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Even if the Puerto de Ventana (15,8km at 6,5%) will probably make explode sprinters, there will be time after that climb to allow them to come back. And the final suits them pretty well, even if the climb of Carbajal (1,3km at 7,9%) will offer some attacks, for sure.


Stage 19 : Astorga – Ponferrada, 208km high mountain

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It’s the last very high mountain stage of this Vuelta but it’s very hard. Breakaway will probably make itself in the Alto del Mojon (12,3km at 4%) but the big war between favorites will start in the new climb of Fonte de Cova and its 22,8km at 6,5%. A long climb but globally regular slopes. Exactly the opposite of Llano de las Ovejas. A climb of 18km at 6,3% with final 6km at 9,5%. Very hard climb before to descent to Ponferrada via a last climb, Lombillo de los Barrios (2,8km at 8,4%). A big day. A day of big gaps ?


Stage 20 : Quiroga – Monforte de Lemos, 111km medium mountain

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Last chance for the favorites to overthrow the general classification and the stage is perfect for launching big offensives. The first climb of the Alto de Boe (11km at 6%) should make possible to place men at the front but the top names should wait for the sequence of the Alto de Rochela (3.3km at 10%) and the Alto da Cruz (8.2km at 8.9%) to blow everything up. There will still be 45km at the top of the latter and a final ascent, the Alto de Sober (6.7km at 5.8%) before reaching Monforte de Lemos.


Stage 21 : Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela, 13,5km ITT

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Final day and final time trial, short but barely flat with some hard slopes and even a 900m cobbled climb at 6%.
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Hi everyone

This is my vuelta for this contest. Hopefully you like it! I tried to find lots of new and spectacular climbs that haven't featured yet or only very few times!
maps/tours/view/19482


One of the stages finishes in Valverde's home town, as a way to honour him as he is a true Spanish godfather of cycling!
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Re: Contest #8 - La Vuelta 2021 [Cat. 1]

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Vuelta: maps/tours/view/19388

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Stage 1 (ITT)

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I used the Castillo, just as the real Vuelta, only from the other side and in the end instead of the start to make sure the riders have to bring some thought in how they handle the ITT: conserve energy or go all out on the climb?

Stage 2

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I expect a bunch sprint here. The final two climbs will probably be too hard for the pure sprinters and the peloton won't let a stage win to an early breakaway this soon in the Vuelta. It might get an unpredictable end, a breakaway on one of the climbs could be a possibility as well.

Stage 3

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A classic Vuelta profile. A small test for the climbers. Not a really heavy final climb, but some tiny punches may get dealt already. Great to mix up the standings a bit, but not so big that the Vuelta is over by stage 3.

Stage 4

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Just as this years Vuelta, we go to Molina de Aragón. The route is a bit harder, but this should be the first real mass sprint regardless.

Stage 5

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A bit similar to stage 2, but with a small difference, which may be key: after the downhill, there's a short 1km climb with only 2km left. Should the (thinned out) peloton get disorganized, a solo attack might get the victory.

Stage 6

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A medium mountain to end the stage. Not too hard, so hill specialist may hang on and chase for the win.

Stage 7

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Should be a mass sprint, but you never know what wind in the side may do here.

Stage 8

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GC stage in the South of Spain. It also marks the start of a two-day GC battle with both stages having a loop. The length of this longest stage will add some difficulty to the route.

Stage 9

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An overall harder stage, but the main focus is on the last 20km. Which GC contender can't handle a whole day of up-and-down and breaks on the final climb?

REST DAY AND TRANSFER TO TOLEDO

Stage 10

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Mountain stages after a rest day are always interesting to see if someone can't handle the sudden activity after a day of rest. The Puerto de Mijares isn't that hard, but makes up for that in length.

Stage 11

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A small bite in the end may surprise some sprinters. The annoying thing for them is the plateau in top, which makes that there's no immediate recuperation period. Could be a chaotic sprint here.

Stage 12

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A revenge sprint for a rider that got surprised yesterday. And with this being the halfway point of the Vuelta, we're back in the area of Burgos. But we continue North, to Basque Country.

Stage 13

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A hilly stage. The final climb goes up to 15%. Flèche Wallone specialists should grab their chance here.

Stage 14

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The Balcon is a weird climb: very easy beginning, but the last 3km are hellish: up to 17%. With this being a short stage, the action will be intense and unprepared rides will definitely fall through.

Stage 15

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Once again, the steep slopes come into picture. The final 50km should be one of the highlights of this years Vuelta.

REST DAY 2 AND TRANSFER TO SANTANDER

Stage 16

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If a team wants to make action on the Brennes, expect a small group to battle it out. The final hill can be a launching pad for an all out attack.

Stage 17

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Sprinters have to take their chance here. Stage 20 might lead to one, but that is far from set in stone. So this could be the last one.

Stage 18

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Don't think I have to say much about this one, except: pain.

Stage 19

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An exhausting stage: long and up-and-down. This is where a GC contender that has nothing to lose should make a move on La Bobia or even earlier. With the hardest part in the middle of the climb, La Bobia could extend leads if someone breaks in the middle.

Stage 20

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Any team that hasn't won a stage has no excuse to not be in the long breakaway for this one. Probably too hard for sprinters and a chance to rest for the GC contenders.

Stage 21: ITT

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Not an easy final ITT. The first part has 4 uphill portions, then the riders enter a relatively slow and technical downhill portion, only to end up with 2 smaller hills with straighter roads to open the gas again. Anyone can break at any point.
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