Into the mountains: Vuelta a Espana hits first summit finish on stage 5

28 August 2019 01:12
The Vuelta a España's first trio of key mountain stages kick off with Wednesday's lengthy incursion inland from the coast to a tougher-than-usual first-week summit finish at Javalambre. Situated deep in the sierras of the remote region of Teruel, the 11-kilometre Alto de Javalambre has several 16-per cent 'ramps', making it a fearsome challenge. Stage 6 on Thursday will be through relentlessly rolling mountain terrain, finishing with the lengthy third category grind to Ares del Maestrat. Then Friday's stage culminates with the brutally steep Mas de la Costa ascent.ADVERTISEMENT That's nearly 10,000 metres of vertical climbing and three summit finishes in three days of the first week of a Grand Tour, representing a major challenge. EF Education First manager Juanma Garate tells Cyclingnews that rather than focusing on a single day, the trio of tough stages should be taken as a whole. "The three days form a very hard block of climbing for the first week of a Grand Tour," Garate said. "OK – we saw them going for it quite a bit on stage 2, but Javalambre is going to be the first big occasion to see all the GC favourites in action. "Then, on the second day, normally there should be a break after the favourites have opened up some big gaps on the GC on Javalambre, because even if it's a good stage for the overall riders, they'll be aware that they've got a lot of challenges coming up afterwards. So they may ease back." Urán well positioned in third overall Going for time bonuses Race leader Roche's predictions You can read more at

Source: Cycling News