The route is somewhat similar to the ITT course in Tokyo, where he won gold ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis. The route is going either up or down, but virtually always at shallow gradients. Kilometre 12 is a bit steeper, but usually the slopes do not exceed 4% – and are effectually false flats.
Favourites 2st stage 2021 Vuelta a España
*** Primoz Roglic
** Jan Tratnik, Nelson Oliveira, Josef Cerny
* Ion Izagirre, Lawson Craddock, Chad Haga, Andrea Bagioli
Another interesting read: route 21st stage of the 2021 Vuelta.