Sandwiched between mountains and vast orchards with olive trees lies Jódar. A typical Andalusian village, of course equipped with castle and old church.
The pack leaves south. The road is going up and down, but the first mountain points are to be gathered after 87 kilometres of racing at a climb taking the riders from the village of La Peza to Puerto de los Bian Cares. After descending they pass through Granada. Dominating the city is the famous Alhambra, a huge palace and fortress of Moorish origin.
The stage continues along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Although we are in the deep south of Spain, in wintertime this area is populated by skiers. However, this thought will bring no coolness to the riders whatsoever. It’s August and probably baking hot.
May be the mountains bring some relief with a closing climb in the Sierra Nevada. The climbs totals 18.7 kilometres while rising at an average grade of 5.4%. But that’s just a number, as a flat section of a few kilometres brings the average down. The last 12 kilometres are toughest, with a steepest section at 14% with around 1 kilometre left.
Basically, arrival place Capileira is the end of the world. Further north is only wild nature and high peaks. The road stops here and most riders will say: thank god for that.
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