The 7th stage is a prototypical Vuelta race. The route is far from flat, which makes sense as Spain is, after Switzerland, the most mountainous country in Europe. Yet, the steep slopes are absent – or, let’s say, the organization keeps them up its sleeve until the second of third week of action. Still the finale is something to look forward to.
With 12.7 kilometres to go the riders are to crest a 4.5 kilometres climb at 5.4% before tackling a 1.7 kilometres hill at 7.8% with 6.8 kilometres out. The final 5.5 kilometres are a false flat.
Chances are BORA-hansgrohe will set the pace in the finale to drop fast men with the intention to increase the odds of a Peter Sagan sprint victory. Yet, Michal Kwiatkowski is also riding La Vuelta and the Pole is another fast finisher after a tough finale.
Or is the breakaway able to hold off the chasing peloton until the line?
Favourites 7th stage 2018 Vuelta a España
*** Peter Sagan, Michal Kwiatkowski
** Thomas De Gendt, Pierre Rolland, Danny van Poppel
* Giacomo Nizzolo, Nacer Bouhanni, Tosh Van der Sande, Phil Bauhaus
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