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This stage is the first high mountain day in the 2022 Vuelta a España and the concluding summit finish is guaranteed to reshuffle the general classification. The climb of the Ascensión al Pico Jano. San Miguel de Aguayo is being used for the first time ever as a Vuelta finish and should spark fireworks. It is 12.6 km in length, averages 6.55 percent and has three stretches of 11 percent or over.
Before then, there is plenty to soften up the field. An undulating opening hour and a half of action is followed by the second category Puerto de Alisas (km 77.7), 8.7 km in length and 5.8 percent gradient. A long mainly flat section acts as a bridge between that and the start of the day’s middle climb, the category one Collada de Brenes (km 145.8). This averages 8.2 percent over 6.8 kilometers but includes pitches of 15 percent, providing a possible platform for attacks prior to the day’s summit finish.
The stage will give the best indication thus far as to who are the strongest riders in this year’s Vuelta.