The peloton leaves from Castellón, in the 2015 edition the finish of a flat stage. Surprisingly Kristian Sbaragli outpowered top-favourite John Degenkolb.
Today tells another story. A tough challenge at 177.5 kilometrs with Alto de Desierto de las Palmas, Alto de la Sarratella and Puerto de Benasal as a warm up to an impressive finale. Alto Más de la Costa is a 3.8 kilometres climb at 9.9% and with a steepest stretch at over 21%.
Arrival place Llucena is also commonly known as Lucena del Cid. It’s a municipality in the province of Castellón, nicknamed ‘la perla de la montaña’, a.k.a the pearl of the mountain.
At the finish wait 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three riders, and 3, 2 and 1 seconds can be gained at the intermediate sprint after 168,6 kilometres.
Results/race report 17th stage, 2016 Vuelta.
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