The stage of the day: the first grand final in Villuercas

Extremadura is experiencing its big day at La Vuelta with the first high finish in its history in the race at the demanding Pico Villuercas (14.5 kilometers at 6.2%).

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La Vuelta had been going for eight years without having Extremadura as the protagonist and, after yesterday's arrival in Villanueva de la Serena, today it will live its big day. For the first time in history, a day of the Spanish round will end in Alto Extremadura and it will also be in a port of the highest importance, Pico Villuercas. An ascent that begins in the Monastery of Guadalupe and that leads through its 14.5 kilometers at 6.2% to its summit, at 1,580 meters of altitude, to an old communications center whose antennas have become the symbol of this climb. Final section in which there are also the hardest ramps at 15% .

It will be the high point of this second week of the race. Because the day will not only have that final pass, but before, halfway through the stage, you will climb Berzocana and, above all, Collado de Ballesteros, an authentic wall of almost three kilometers that reaches 20%. Everything to live the fight for the leadership. The Norwegian Eiking seems doomed to give up the red jersey and among the candidates to succeed him, it will be necessary to see if Guillaume Martin, the French climber of the Cofidis placed at 58 ", is able to assault the first position while defending the identical income that owns with Roglic, the virtual race leader.



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