La Vuelta a España starts from inside the Burgos Cathedral and the riders exit the Gothic building through its main entrance to enter a first ascent at approximately 5%. A short drop and the route continues on another climb of almost 1 kilometre, but this one is steeper. The course then levels out shortly only to serve a 900 metres climb at 6,1% to the Castle of Burgos. The first part is particulary steep, while there’s also a cobbled sector of 200 metres.
Following a descent the last 4 kilometres of the time trial are played out on the flat. The race returns to the Cathedral for a finish outside of the building.
It’s the first ever Grand Salida in Burgos, although La Vuelta visited the town in northern Spain dozens of times. Burgos hosted fifteen stage starts and seventeen stage finishes. The last time was six years ago, when the 17th stage saw Tom Dumoulin storm into the red jersey with a commanding ITT victory on an undulating parcours of 38.7 kilometres.
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The first rider starts at 17.11 and the last rider is expected to finish around 20.30 – both are local times.
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