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Stage 15: Martos – Sierra Nevada Alto Hoya de la Mora.Monachil, 153km

The last climb, a Cat. 3, summits 5.4 kilometers from El Barraco, so expect to see a finishing sprint between a reduced group of favorites.


Stage date
SEPT 4, 2022
Stage distance
153 KM
Stage terrain
Mountains

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Yet another uphill finish, yet another day for the GC riders. The olive-centered town of Martos is making its debut in the Vuelta, while the Sierra Nevada Alto Hoya saw Vuelta action once before in 2017 when the Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Ilnur Zakarin.

The early roads are constantly up and down, including the category three Puerto del Castillo (km 33.8), with a more humane sector just after the halfway point preceding the cat one Alto del Purche (km 110.4). This features three points of 15 percent or above along its 9.1 km ascent, and may see probing attacks prior to the day’s big concluder.

The Sierra Nevada Alto Hoya is a staggering 19.3 km in length and while the average gradient is a touch under eight percent, the early slopes include ramps of 17, 18 and 20 percent. There is another section of 11 percent inside the second half of the climb, something which may light the fuse more than five kilometers from the summit.

Over 4,000 meters of climbing plus likely hot temperatures could make this one of the hardest of the stages in this year’s race.