Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 11: Mombuey - Luintra
Wednesday, 5 September - The 11th stage of the Vuelta a España travels from Zamora to Luintra, where Simon Yates soloed to victory in 2016. The hilly route amounts to 208.8 kilometres.
It’s been two years since the Vuelta visited Luintra. That finale was marked by the Pombar-climb, a 2 kilometres ascent at 5%. Simon Yatres went out on his own, gobbled up early attacker Mathias Frank, and soloed to victory. Following the Pombar-climb there were 3.3 kilometres remaining, while the final kilometre rose with an average gradient of 3%.
The finale of 2018’s 11th stage is exactly the same.
But before that the riders face a long, hard and hilly day in the saddle. The Puerto de Padornelo is the first climb – 6.5 kilometres at 3.7% -, and on it goes via the Alto de Covelo, Alto de Trives, Alto de Santigueiro, and a host of non-categorized hills.
The Alto de Santigueiro is crested with 18 kilometres remaining before a descent runs to the mentioned finale.
The backdrop in the last kilometres is breathtaking. The narrow road meanders next to the River Sil. The area is known as Ribeira Sacra, famous for its wines.
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