The bunch leaves Salvaterra de Miño, Galician town famous for Operation Peseta. In 2011 local retailers accepted Pesetas one again in response to the Euro crisis. It gave the town a yielding trade as a consequence and a lot of publicity.
Back to the stage – a mountain stage, as far as the organization is concerned. But according to Vuelta standards it’s a very modest one. ‘Only’ two category 2-climbs and the finish is flat.
After 55 kilometers the first ascent begins and the top is reached at 87.0 kilometres. Alto do Monte Da Groba is located at an altitude of 625 meter. Last year stage 2 had a top finish here, but after an ascent from the other side. Nicolas Roche won.
The second climb is shorter and steeper, starting at 160 kilometer and crested at 165.0 kilometers. Alto do Morrazo is located at 450 altimeters.
Following the descent the final 19 kilometers are on flat terrain in the direction of Cangas, a coastal town on the mouth of River Vigo. The best beaches are said to be nearby, but no rider will mind. Tomorrow the tough mountain stage to Ancaras awaits them.
Both Salvaterra de Mino and Cangas make their debute in as host city in the Vuelta.
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The finish is expected around 17:40 (CET).
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