The only other longer transfer sees the rider start the stage from Calahorra, which hosts a stage start for the second year in a row. Unlike last year, when the race headed to Zaragoza, this time the peloton is westward bound and will end up in Burgos. Despite the category three el Alto de la Pradilla after 115 of the 178 kilometres, the sprinters are once again expected to battle it out for the stage glory.
Burgos hosts a Vuelta finish for the 10th time. Burgos is the capital of the province of Burgos, with about 151.3,000 inhabitants. The laws of Burgos ("Leyes de Burgos") were declared here in 1512. Those laws were invented with regards to treatment of the American native Indians by the Spanish settlers.