The stage of the day: high mountains in Venta Luisa and Velefique

The Collado Venta Luisa and the high end in Velefique mark a high mountain day before the first day of rest. Roglic expects battle soon.


The Vuelta closes its first block of stages before the rest day with high mountains. The race arrives in Almería on a day of maximum demand (about 4,500 meters of accumulated unevenness) and three passes in the last 80 kilometers, including the highest points of this Vuelta. El Collado Venta Luisa, 57 kilometers from the finish line, crowns its 29 km at 4.4% at an altitude of 1,970 meters; While the Alto de Velefique, a very tough climb of 13.2 km at 6.4%, is the highest goal of this edition, at 1,800 meters.

“Battle before the final ascension? We already saw it on the way to the Balcón de Alicante ”, assures a Roglic who does not trust and entrusts himself to his team. For the Slovenian, leader of La Vuelta, confidence is breathed in the Jumbo: "I think the boys are doing well and I also have good legs."

When looking at a rival, he does not choose between Ineos and Movistar, who seem a priori the strongest blocks capable of preparing an ambush. Bernal, despite the fact that the altitude should favor him, plays by mistake: "I'm going to try not to waste time." And at Movistar, the idea is to follow the same offensive line. "The feelings are good, we have to continue like this," says a Superman who already knows what it is to win in these mountains: in Calar Alto in 2017.

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