Vuelta 2019 Route stage 9: Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp

Vuelta 2019 route stage 9Sunday 1 September 2019 - La Vuelta's first week of action culminates in a brutally hard stage in Andorra. Five climbs in less than 100 kilometres and an off-road section just before the final haul to pep things up.

Once the flag is dropped the riders tackle the Coll d’Ordino – 17.6 kilometres at 5.4% and emblematic for what the day holds up its sleeve. A long descent leads to the foot of the Coll de la Gallina, which is a monster of 11.8 kilometres with an average gradient of 8.3%. The Gallina was the final ascent of the 2018 Vuelta, so Simon Yates sealed his overall victory on these slopes, while Enric Mas climbed to the stage win.

Following yet another long descent, the riders face a brutal finale with three consecutive ascents. The Puerto de Cornella and Puerto de Engolasters are almost immediately followed by the Cortals d’Encamp, so it is fair to say the final haul up is a grinding task of 22 kilometres. There is hardly any distance between the respective climbs. Furthermore, 4 kilometres on dust road precedes the final climb on Cortals d’Encamp. The toil to the summit amounts to 13.2 kilometres at 7.3%, while the steepest ramps are 15%.

La Vuelta used the Cortals d’Encamp climb for the time as a finish in 2015. Mikel Landa took the win in a long-range solo move.

Vuelta a España 2019 stage 9: route, elevation, more

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