Vuelta 2022 Favourites stage 7: For sprinters with climbing legs
image: Cor VosHilly opener, huge mountain, flat finale. That's La Vuelta's 7th stage in a nutshell. A bunch sprint with fast men who survive the only climb is the most likely scenario.
Another option is that the teams with a sprinter don’t feel like controlling the breakaway. In that case a sprint with the strongest attackers is to be expected. Or, a late attack from the breakaway could prove to bear fruit.
The climb up the Puerto de San Glorio is the focal point of the race. Following a hilly opener the route begins to run false flat uphill after some 80 kilometres. This goes on for tens of kilometres before it gradually gets steeper. Eventually the Puerto de San Glorio is a 22.4 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 5.5%.
There are 63 kilometres remaining after the San Glorio ascent. The 10 kilometres descent continues onto predominantly flat terrain – with some minor climbs – before the ultimate 20 kilometres of the route are entirely flat.
Favourites 7th stage 2022 Vuelta a España
*** Mads Pedersen, Ethan Hayter, Jake Stewart, Fred Wright
** Danny van Poppel, Bryan Coquard, Daniel McLay, Nikias Arndt
* Luis León Sánchez, Lawson Craddock, Thomas De Gendt, Jetse Bol
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