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The profile of the 10th stage

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 30, 2020
Will the sprinters still be at the party this Friday? The day after a stage devoid of any difficulty and before a weekend in the high mountains with arrivals at the top of the Alto de la Farrapona this Saturday then the terrible Alto de l’Angliru this Sunday to conclude the second week of the race , the course by the sea between Castro Urdiales and Suances seems made for sprinters. As soon as they leave the starting town, the peloton will follow the Cantabrian coast with mostly flat roads despite some ascending sections which will not do much harm to the less comfortable riders in the mountains. A profile that will not change during the first 114 kilometers, which will see the Vuelta pass in the suburbs of Santander. A field that should give ideas to the most daring backpackers.

A single difficulty to disrupt the plans of the sprinters?

Once in Mogro, after 100 kilometers of racing on the coast, the peloton will return to land and the road will rear up for the only difficulty of the day. With a summit 60 kilometers from the finish line, the Alto de San Cipriano (3rd category, 4.3km at 5%) could be a launching pad for those who absolutely want to avoid a sprint finish and give themselves a chance to win at Suances. After the intermediate sprint in Cabezon de la Sal, there will be a new uphill section not listed before a rapid descent to reach the seaside in Comillas and start the return to Suances, already crossed shortly after passing through Mogro. A final which will not be easy to tackle, the last two kilometers being on an uphill slope which promises a final for a strong sprinter.