Vuelta a España peloton braced for first full mountain stage - Preview

ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo - Visma red leader jersey, David De La Cruz Melgarejo of Spain and UAE Team Emirates and Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain Victorious compete while fans cheer during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021, Stage 3 a 202,8km stage from Santo Domingo de Silos to Espinosa de los Monteros - Picón Blanco 1485m / @lavuelta / #LaVuelta21 / #CapitalMundialdelCiclismo / on August 16, 2021 in Espinosa de los Monteros, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Vuelta a España's first full mountain stage of 2021 will be stage 7 (Image credit: Getty Images)

And so it begins. After nearly a week of final climb skirmishing and fraught flat finishes, the Vuelta a España tackles its first full mountain day with stage 7 on Friday deep in the Mediterranean region of Valencia.

The Vuelta have criss-crossed the hills and mountains of southern Valencia on numerous occasions and their variety and difficulty ranges all the way from the short, punchy coastal ascent of Cumbres del Sol, one-time scene of a memorable duel between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin, to the interminably long, exposed inland ascent to the military base of Aitana.

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