Vuelta 2021 Route stage 8: Santa Pola - La Manga del Mar Menor
Saturday 21 August - At 163.3 kilometres, the 8th stage on La Vuelta is mainly payed out on the Costa Cálida or, hot coast -, east of Murcia. The route between Santa Pola and La Manga del Mar Menor is flat.
The Spanish Grand Tour never before visited Santa Pola, a former fishing village turned beach resort on Spain’s southern Costa Blanca. The riders head south along the Mediterranean coast to move through Torrevieja after 23 kilometres. The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean remain on their left until they reach Cartagena after 94 kilometres.
The inland spin in the last 70 kilometres features a number of small climb, but presumably not enough to thwart a bunch sprint form happening.
It’s been 41 years since La Vuelta last visited La Manga del Mar Menor. In 1980, the town hosted the Big Start and Roberto Visentini won the ITT on the first day of action. In 1977, Freddy Maertens won his second of a total of thirteen stages that year, while he also took the overall. More recently, in 2018, Nacer Bouhanni outsprinted Danny van Poppel and Elia Viviani in nearby San Javier.
Another interesting read: favourites 8th stage 2021 Vuelta a España.
The 8th stage of La Vuelta starts 13.18 and the race is expected to finish around 17.30 – both are local times.
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