Vuelta 2018 Route stage 8: Linares - Almadén
Saterday 1 september 2018 – The route of the Vuelta a España's 8th stage sets off in Linares to roll in northwesterly direction. Amounting to 195.1 kilometres the race finishes in Almadén on a gentle slope with a 7% kick just before the line.
In the 2015 Vuelta the route also moved through this part of Spain. The riders cut through Linares on their way to Cazorla, where an intriguing battle for the overall lead was played out by Esteban Chaves and Tom Dumoulin. The Colombian not only won the stage, he also took the red jersey from the Dutchman.
Now the route goes the other way and enters the Parque Natural Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro. In the Natural Park the riders tackle the Alto de Españares, a 3rd category KOM-climb of 10.3 kilometres with an average gradient of 3.6%. No downhill though, the route follows a gradual and rolling descent to the sweltering plains north of Córdoba.
Following a flat section of 10 kilometres, the finale begins 6 kilometres before the line with a 2.4 kilometres slope at 3.4%, while the last 2 kilometres are averaging 3.8% and also feature a 7% kick with 200 metres to go.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 123.6) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 8th stage of the 2018 Vuelta a España starts at 12:28, and the finish is expected around 17:20 – both local times (scheduled times).
– favourites 8th stage
Vuelta a España 2018 stage 8: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom.
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
No comments yet, your opinion is most welcome.
Related articles Withdrawals - Vuelta 20 Route and stages - Vuelta 20 Preview - Vuelta 20 GC Favourites - Vuelta 20 Recent Winners - Vuelta a España More articles
Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 1: ITT in Málaga
Vuelta 2018 Favourites stage 1: ITT specialists for first red jersey
Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 2: Marbella – Caminito del Rey
Vuelta 2018 Favourites stage 2: Uphill sprint, or opportunity for attackers
Tour of Britain 2018: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2018: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2018: The Route
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route TTT - women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Teams TTT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route ITT – women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Riders ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Favourites ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route road race – women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Riders Road Race - men
Cycling Calendar 2018
Quick Results Service