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Stage 19: Talavera de la Reina – Talavera de la Reina, 138.3km

There have been no “easy” stages in this Vuelta, so after perhaps the toughest one of all, most of the peloton will be looking for some respite.


Stage date
SEP 9, 2022
Stage distance
138.3 KM
Stage terrain
Hilly

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Talavera de la Reina is one of the most important cities in the La Mancha region and was a place of considerable importance during the Middle Ages. It has been declared the City of Pottery and has hosted six previous starts of the Vuelta.

Those looking closely at stage 19 will notice two interesting aspects. The start and finish are both in this city, and the stage is comprised of two laps of a large circuit taking in the Puerto del Piélago. The category two climb is 9.3 km in length and 5.6 percent average gradient, with the second of those ascents being followed by 42.2 largely downhill kilometers to the finish.

It will likely be a day of consolidation rather than change in the general classification but with Madrid fast approaching, challengers to the red jersey will nonetheless seek opportunity to attack.