The route is not entirely flat, but the ascents are not very demanding. Moreover, the hardest climbs appear with still a long way to go.
Laredo is known for its kilometres long beach, but the riders don’t get a taste of it. They do follow the coast line for awhile though – yet, without seeing much of the Cantabrian Sea – and after almost 70 kilometres the route turns inland and 35 kilometers later the first classified climbs of the day appears.
The Alto de Hijas – 5.1 kilometres at 5.1% – and Alto de San Cipriano – 5.5 kilometres at 4.4% – are crested within 15 kiometres before the route continues as before. That is, on flat to undulating terrain.
The 16th stage of La Vuelta starts 12.49 and the race is expected to finish around 17.30 – both are local times.
Vuelta a España 2021 stage 16: profile & more
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