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Stage 1: Burgos (Catedral VIII Centenario 2021)–Catedral

On such a technical course with constant turns and uphills in the opening half, the stage winner will likely be a rider with high power output and climbing skills.


Stage date
AUG 14, 2021
Stage distance
7.1 KM
Stage terrain
Time Trial

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Inside a cathedral

Burgos, a city of 175,000, is this year celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of its world renowned cathedral. The Vuelta is honoring this historic event by starting the stage 1 time trial at the entrance of the cathedral facing the Plaza de Santa Maria — with the blessing of its archbishop! The course then passes through the city’s narrow streets before starting a stair-step ascent to Burgos Castle, 80 meters (262 feet) above the start. The 1.2-kilometer climb at a 7.1-percent grade has been given a Cat. 3 ranking to decide the Vuelta’s first holder of the KOM jersey.

The second half of the 7-kilometer circuit is downhill and flat before finishing outside the cathedral. On such a technical course with constant turns and uphills in the opening half, the stage winner will likely be a rider with high power output and climbing skills, rather than a pure time trialist. So, this prologue-style TT could see an initial battle between GC favorites Primož Roglič and British rookie Tom Pidcock, fresh off his Olympic mountain-bike gold medal, could use his outrageous bike-handling and climbing skills to beat them both.