Vuelta 2019 Route stage 5: L’Eliana – Javalambre

Vuelta 2019 route stage 5Wednesday 28 August 2019 - The 5th stage sees the Vuelta a España dive inland to the remote region of Teruel. The summit finish near the Javalambre Observatory is even more remote. Starting in L’Eliana, the route amounts to 165.6 kilometres.

The 5th stage is oldschool Vuelta. A number of minor intermediate climbs before the action boils down to a beast of a final clim.

The riders click into their pedals in L’Eliana and start to climb Puerto de Alcublas, which they crest at kilometre 39. The Alublas lies at en elevation of 1,000 metres and the route continues at around that altitude until the last climb appears. It is called Pico del Buitre, or Peak of the Vulture.

At almost 12 kilometres, the Pico del Buitre leads to the Javalambre Observatory at an altitude of 1,929 metres. The average gradient is 7.3%, which is a biased statistic. The first 4 kilometres are less than 5%, while the rest of the route climbs at almost 10%. At 11.6%, the ninth kilometre is steepest.

Vuelta a España 2019 stage 5: route, elevation, more

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