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The profile of the 13th stage

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 3, 2020
After the second day of rest of the 75th Tour of Spain in Galicia (in La Coruña), it’s time for the only individual time trial on the menu for this 2020 edition. If the 11th stage, between Villaviciosa and the Alto de La Farrapona (Lagos de Somiedo), then the 12th, between Pola de Laviana and the Alto de l’Angliru, put the bodies to the test, the 13th stage should still be a little quieter for the 151 riders still in the running. Indeed, this Tuesday, they will have to travel “only” 33.7 kilometers, between Muros and Mirador de Ezaro (in Dumbria). A seemingly quiet stage which should see the riders have an advantage over the pure climbers, with this rather flat profile. However, with this course by the sea during most of the course, the wind could well change the situation somewhat. In addition, the end of the stage hides a big surprise with a formidable climb to finish.

A bad surprise to finish

Classified in category 3, the Mirador de Ezaro still represents a climb of 1.8 kilometers at 14.8% and a drop of 278 meters.. A difficulty which should make some differences between the favorites. A change of bike, from the one for the backstop to the one for the road, as during the 20th stage of the Tour de France between Lure and La Plance des Belles Filles, is also an option probably to be favored for the different teams. While there will only be four stages left before the arrival in Madrid, this profile seems to suit Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) perfectly. Currently 2nd ten seconds behind Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and still in search of redemption after his huge failure on the Grande Boucle, the Slovenian will be the big favorite of the day, but will also have to be wary of the French Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar).