The Pombar is crested with 3.6 kilometres remaining. Following its peak the route continues on the flat before the riders fly down the hill to a 500 metres false flat run-in the line.
Actually, the finale is similar to the stage itself, as the route is trying from start to finish. Following the departure in Mombuey the course takes the KOM climbs up the Puerto de Padornelo, Alto de Covelo, Alto de Trives and Alto del Mirador de Cabezoas and a host of non-classified hills. No insane slopes though, the average gradients hover between 3 and 4%, while the Cabezoas is the longest drag up. The 15.5 kilometres climb is crested 17.8 kilometres before the line.
As said, Yates takes attacked on the Pombar. He gobbled up breakaway boy Mathias Frank and soloed to victory. Yet, it is far from impossible that the break lasts until the line this time…
Favourites 11th stage 2018 Vuelta a España
*** Bauke Mollema, Michal Kwiatkowski, Davide Formolo, Dylan Teuns
** Simon Yates, Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde, Wilco Kelderman
* Valerio Conti, Mark Padun, Omar Fraile, Davide Villella
Vuelta a España 2018 stage 11: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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