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Stage 5: Irun – Bilbao, 187.2km

If the winds kick up, look for powerful teams such as INEOS Grenadiers to join forces with the sprint teams from Belgium.


Stage date
AUG 24, 2022
Stage distance
184.4 KM
Stage terrain
Hilly

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Continuing the trend of a literal ramping-up of the difficulties, stage five departs Irun for the fifth time in Vuelta history and travels 187.2 difficult kilometers to the popular finish town of Bilbao. The latter is hosting a stage end for the 44th time in history and the road there and before will be thronged with passionate Basque fans. 

The first half of the stage is flat to rolling, but things become considerably more difficult after that. There are five categorized climbs in all; these begin with the third category ascents of the Puerto de Gontzagarigana (km 95.6, 5.3 km at 4.5 percent), the Balcón de Bizkaia (km 102.4, 4.2 km at 5.6 percent) and the Alto de Morga, which is 125.4 km after three start, and averages 3.5 percent over 8.6 km. 

There are then two ascents of the second category Alto de Vivero climb, at km 144 and again at km 173, 14km from the finish line. This climb averages 8 percent and is 4.6 km in length. With the descent concluding just two kilometers from the finish line, there could be some high stakes racing all the way to the conclusion of the stage.