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Vuelta a España 2013

Date range:
August 24 - September 15, 2013
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      27.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova de Arousa
      End location:
      Sanxenxo (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      177.7km
      Start location:
      Pontevedra
      End location:
      Alto Do Monte Da Groba
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      184.8km
      Start location:
      Vigo
      End location:
      Mirador de Lobeira
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Lain
      End location:
      Fisterra
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174.3km
      Start location:
      Sober
      End location:
      Lago de Sanabria
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Guijuelo
      End location:
      Caceres
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.9km
      Start location:
      Almendralejo
      End location:
      Mairena de Aljafare
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      166.6km
      Start location:
      Jerez de la Frontera
      End location:
      Alto Peñas Blancas (Estepona)
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      163.7km
      Start location:
      Antequera
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      186.8km
      Start location:
      Torredelcampo
      End location:
      Alto Hazallanas
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Torredelcampo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      38.8km
      Location
      Tarazona (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      164.2km
      Start location:
      Maella
      End location:
      Tarragona
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Valls
      End location:
      Castelldefels
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      155.7km
      Start location:
      Baga
      End location:
      Collada de la Gallina
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      224.9km
      Start location:
      Andorra
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      146.8km
      Start location:
      Graus
      End location:
      Aramón Formigal
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Calahorra
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      186.5km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      181km
      Start location:
      San Vicente de la Barquera
      End location:
      Alto Naranco
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      142.2km
      Start location:
      Aviles
      End location:
      Alto de L´Angliru
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      109.6km
      Start location:
      Leganés
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 09, Stage 16: Graus - Aramón Formigal 146.8km

By:
Peter Cossins
Published:
August 20, 2013, 3:20 BST,
Updated:
August 29, 2013, 9:55 BST

Parcours preview

Distance: 147.7km
Category: High mountains
Highest point: 1,795m

The third Pyrenean stage may be the easiest of the trio but it still packs quite a finishing punch on the long climb up to the resort of Formigal. Given what's gone just before, the GC contenders are likely hold back until the final climb and may not concern themselves with chasing down the break of the day, which will give an opportunity to those teams that have hitherto missed out. None of the day's climbs are especially testing, although Formigal is significant as it was the location of the Vuelta's first road stage summit finish back in 1972, when José Manuel Fuente's triumph put him on the way to overall victory. The race has been back twice since, Spaniards winning again on both occasions.Last year's Vuelta also featured a stage on the plains of Aragón to Jaca, where Joaquim Rodríguez led up the final steep ramp.

Yvon Ledanois: "We'll have a team with a lot of strong riders like Pinotti, Gilbert, Santaromita, Kohler and Eijssen and, although this stage doesn't suit them entirely, one of these stages will go to a breakaway. Will this be our day? Those teams without a GC rider will hope so."  

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