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The race’s second rest day is followed by a different type of test for the peloton, with the flat, fast individual time trial providing 31.1 kilometers of opportunity for the specialists against the clock.
Elche had an important historical role during Roman times and indeed earlier than that, and last featured as a start town 27 years ago. Alicante has hosted six previous finishes at the Vuelta and is well known to the pro riders as a pre-season training area.
Training will be far from the minds of those targeting the stage; the TT will provide opportunity to those hunting a stage win but also to the GC contenders who may have lost a little time in the mountains, or indeed who may be looking to consolidate gains made.