Vuelta 2017 Route stage 2: Nîmes - Gruissan (fra)

Vuelta 2017 stage 2Sunday, 20 August 2017 - At 203.4 kilometres, the route of stage 2 in the Vuelta a España leads from Nîmes to Gruissan. So that's yet another French affair. Chances are the race will come down to a bunch sprint as the route is extremely flat, but windy!

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).

Read also: favourites to win the 2nd stage.

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