The organisers of the Vuelta a España continue to provide a punishing parcours for the final Grand Tour of the season. The 2017 edition is packed with summit finishes - including the legendary Angliru on the penultimate stage.
The mountains begin early, with stage 3 traversing Andorra en route from the opening stages in Nîmes to the first stage on Spanish soil in Catalunya on stage 4.
It's not going to be a beach holiday for the bunch, however, as a transfer to Valencia sees another lumpy stage with a category 3 finish in Ermita Santa Lucía on stage 5.
The serious climbing comes at the end of the second week, as the race heads into the Sierra Nevada with two major summit finishes before the second rest day.
An 800km transfer awaits the riders after this test, as they fly to the other side of the country to Logroño for a flat stage, then two minor summit finish stages (17 & 18) and one lumpy stage leading into the decisive Angliru finish.
Final GC of the 2016 Vuelta a España
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team||83:31:28|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||0:01:23|
|3||Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange||0:04:08|
|4||Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team||0:04:21|
|5||Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac||0:07:43|
|6||Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange||0:08:33|
|7||David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step||0:11:18|
|8||Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team||0:13:04|
|9||Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac||0:13:17|
|10||George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:14:07|