Vuelta 2021 Route stage 14: Don Benito - Pico Villuercas
Saturday 28 August - At 159.7 kilometres, the 14th stage on the Vuelta travels from Don Benito to a summit finish at Pico Villuercas. The climb to the line adds up 16.5 kilometres, while the average gradient sits at 6.5%
After an uneventful and probably hot first half of the race the riders enter a demanding, and probably still hot, second half.
The riders reach the base of the first climb in Cañamero, after 79 kilometres of racing. The Puerto Berzocana is a steady climb of 6.1 kilometres at 5.5% and it is shortly followed – and with no descent in between – by the Alto Collado de Ballesteros. Which is a short and sharp ascent on a narrow concrete track. The 2.9 kilometres climb serves an average percentage of 13.5%.
The 13 kilometres descent is simultaneously a reckon of the finish climb. When they are almost down the pilots move through Guadelupe to enter a lumpy local circuit of 35 kilometres.
Once back in Guadelupe the route returns to the Collado de Ballesteros. But instead of flying down the hill the riders climb up the slopes. When they reach to summit a lefthander takes them even higher up the mountain and they continue to the Pico Villuercas.
The finish climb is 16.5 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 6.5%. The second half is hardest and features 1 kilometre at 10%. On the narrow road leading to the abandoned military installations at the top the gradient kicks up to 15%.
At an elevation of 1,570 metres, Pico Villuerca is the highest peak of the Sierra de Guadalupe and also the highest point of the greater Montes de Toledo system.
The 14th stage of La Vuelta starts 12.50 and the race is expected to finish around 17.30 – both are local times.
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