The racers will finally enjoy a relatively flat day after the stress in the mountains. But there are two category three climbs, the Puerto del Oroel and the Alto de Casas de Expe, to allow breaks to go clear. The sprinters' teams will try to let the gap not grow too much. This would allow for the traditional sprint finish in Zaragoza.
Zaragoza has much experience with hosting finishes in the Vuelta. It as done so for 47 times now. Last year it did come down again to a bunch sprint, with Erik Zabel winning ahead of Allan Davis and Paolo Bettini.
Zaragoza is also hosting another big event at the same time, the Expo Zaragoza 2008. The International Expo "Water and Sustainable Development" will still run until September 14. Some 140 pavilions host exhibitions all around the important water. Exhibitions include countries like Russia, which has too much rain at times, and many African countries. The latter are obviously especially interested in a sustainable usage of water.