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Stage 17: Aracena – Monastère de Tentudia, 162.3km

It’s probable that a breakaway group of decent climbers will form in the opening two hours before they reach the heart of the stage.


Stage date
SEPT 7, 2022
Stage distance
162.3 KM
Stage terrain
Hilly

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Making a first-ever departure from the town of Aracena, the 2022 Vuelta a España becomes the first edition of the race to visit all eight Andalucian provinces. It begins in one of the most biodiverse-rich areas of Spain and concludes 162.3 km later at a finish line by the 13th century Tentudía Monastery, which is also making its race debut.

While the second cat final climb is the only categorized ascent on the stage, there are plenty of uphills on what will be a difficult day likely exacerbated by high temperatures. A breakaway is almost certain, and with the final ascent being just 10.3 km in length and averaging just five percent, such a move may well stay away to the finish.

Notwithstanding its average gradient, the last climb is however sufficiently steep in places to put any wearying GC contenders under pressure.