Following a predominantly flat opening the route begins to climb at shallow gradients after 46 kilometres. The riders descent into Arenas de San Pedro before entering the Alto de la Centenera. The climb totals 15.1 kilometres and averages 5.5%. The last 4 kilometres are harder – 8% on average and peaking out at 11%.
The riders descend into Mombeltran, only to start climbing again on the first slopes of the Puerto de Pedro Bernardo. It’s a 9 kilometres ascent with an average gradient of 4.2%.
The penultimate climb appears after almost 140 kilometres. The Puerto Mijares adds up to 20.4 kilometres, while the average slope sits at 5.4%.
A downhill of 25 kilometres takes the riders to the foot of the last climb. The Puerto San Juan de Nava is 8.6 kilometres long and averages 3.8%. The ensuing descent into El Barraco is 5.4 kilometres long.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds. Furthermore, 3, 2 and 1 seconds are available at the top of the Puerto San Juan de Nava.
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