The race takes entirely place in the province of Álava, while it is predominantly played out on lumpy terrain. The route includes two KOM climbs – Puerto de Opakua (5 kilometres à 6.9%) and Puerto de Herrera (7.3 kilometres at 4.8%) – , while the finale also runs uphill. It’s a punchy finish of 800 metres at almost 10%.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is a regular host of the Itzulia Basque Country. Year in year out, a stage starts in one of the greenest cities in Spain, while it has been only two years since the last visit of la Vuelta. Back then, the race went to Villanueva de Valdegovía, and Michael Woods took the spoils. The Canadian outgunned Omar Fraile, Alejandro Valverde, Nans Peters and Guillaume Martin in a compelling finale.
Contrary to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Laguardia does not see a lot of pro-pelotons.
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