As the crow flies Nîmes and Gruissan are 150 kilometres apart. The route runs parallel on the coast of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, so strong winds could play a role. Last year, stage 11 of the Tour de France finished in this area after a race that was marked by echelons. Eventually Peter Sagan took the win after a late attack with Chris Froome. If cross winds stay away, there really is only one option – a bunch sprint.
Weather forecast: Beaufort force 4 is predicted. Echelons could play a role, especially in the section from kilometer 100 to kilometre 170.
Arrival place Gruissan is a picturesque fishing village on the shores of Étang du Gruissan and close to the Mediterranean Sea. The line is at the end of a slightly descending (1%) last kilometre.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 174.7) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 2nd stage of the 2017 Vuelta leaves at 12:43 and the finish is expected around 17:40 – both local times (scheduled times).
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