Vuelta 2019 Route stage 19: Ávila - Toledo

Vuelta 2019 route stage 19Friday 13 September - The 19th stage of La Vuelta is played out to the west of Madrid. The 163.4 kilometres route, which runs from Ávila to Toledo, is predominantly flat.

Both the start and the finish of the race are in historical cities. Ávila is a fortified city at elevation of 1,127 metres and the route climbs higher shortly after the start. The riders tackle the Alto de la Paramera, which is a long ascent to 1,145 metres. Not steep though. The Paremera is 18.2 kiometres long and slopes at 1.6%. The hardest kilometres are almost 6%.

The route drops down to travers the plains west of Madrid. With flat to rolling roads for most of the day the route is tailor-made for a sprint finish in Toledo. The finale is demanding though as the final 4 kilometres into the medieval city are gradually rising. The riders enter Toledo on a bridge spanning the river Taag. A right-hander takes them onto a slightly uphill last kilometre.

The more punchy sprinters are likely to turn out on top. In 2010, Philippe Gilbert took the win ahead of Tyler Farrar and Filippo Pozzato.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 134) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

The race starts at 13.34 and is expected to finish around 17.35 – both are local times.

Vuelta a España 2019 stage 19: route, profile, more

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