Vuelta 2021 Favourites stage 7: Hilly classic with trying finish
image: Cor VosOn a compact route of 152 kilometres the riders tackle five intermediate clims before the finish climb serves 4.4 kilometres at 8.2%. Breakaway day or GC clash?
In order of appearance the riders tackle the intermediate ascends up the Puerto la Llacuna (10 kilometres at 6% and ramps up to 17%), Puerto de Benilloba (5.7 kilometres at 3.9%), Puerto de Tudon (7.3 kilometres at 5.2%), Puerto El Collao (8.6 kilometres at 4.9%), and Puerto de Tibi (6.4 kilometres at 4.9%).
A huge battle for the breakaway is to be expected on the wildly irregular Puerto la Llacuna. The riders reach the summit after 17 kilometres before entering an undulating phase in the race. The second peak, Puerto de Benilloba, is crested at kilometre 60.7. By now, the breakaway should be firmly established.
The finale happens on the ascent to the Balcón de Alicante. The climb is similar to the Arrate Sanctuary climb, which served as the finale of last year’s 1st stage. Back then, Primoz Roglic took the win by outperforming a group of six with a late attack in the slightly downhill last kilometre. Richard Carapaz finishes in second, Dan Martin in third.
The Balcón de Alicante is a 4.4 kilometres climb at 8.2% with large chunks going up at double digits. The climb ramps up to 17% in the midde section, while the last 600 metres are a false flat downhill.
The big question remains: breakaway day or GC clash?
Favourites 7th stage 2021 Vuelta a España
*** Wout Poels, Gorka Izagirre, Thymen Arensman, Gino Mäder
** Primoz Roglic, Richard Carapaz, Giulio Ciccone, Egan Bernal
* Ion Izagirre, Omar Fraile, Mauri Vansevenant, Jan Hirt, Quinn Simmons
Another interesting read: route 7th stage of the 2021 Vuelta.
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Route stage 7: Gandía - Balcón de Alicante - Vuelta 20 The Route - Vuelta 20 Riders - Vuelta 20 Withdrawals - Vuelta 20 Favourites - Vuelta 20 GC Favourites - Vuelta 20 More articles
Tour de France 2024: The Route
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 1: Florence - Rimini
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 2: Cesenatico - Bologna
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 3: Piacenza - Turin
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 5: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Saint-Vulbas
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 7: Nuits-Saint-Georges - Gevrey-Chambertin
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 8: Semur-en-Auxois - Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 9: Troyes - Troyes
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 11: Evaux-les-Bains - Le Lioran
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 12: Aurillac - Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 14: Pau - Pla d'Adet
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 15: Loudenvielle - Plateau de Beille
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 16: Gruissan - Nîmes
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 17: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Superdévoluy
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 18: Gap - Barcelonnette
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 19: Embrun - Isola 2000
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 20: Nice - Col de la Couillole
Tour de France 2024 Route stage 21: Monaco - Nice
Giro 2024: The Route
Giro 2024 Route stage 1: Turin - Turin
Giro 2024 Route stage 2: San Fransesco al Campo - Oropa
Giro 2024 Route stage 3: Novara - Fossano
Giro 2024 Route stage 4: Acqui Terme - Andora
Giro 2024 Route stage 5: Genoa - Lucca
Giro 2024 Route stage 6: Viareggio - Rapolano Terme
Giro 2024 Route stage 7: Foligno - Perugia
Giro 2024 Route stage 8: Spoleto - Prati di Tivo
Giro 2024 Route stage 9: Naples - Naples
Cycling Calendar 2024
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!