A short day with long-term consequences: The Vuelta a Espana hits the heights in Andorra

Cortals d’Encamp
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Eight stages in, and the 2019 Vuelta a España remains a game of inches. Just 27 seconds separate the four men who have established themselves as the favourites for overall victory, but one day in Andorra has the potential to open fissures among them. 

Stage 9 from Andorra La Vella to Cortals d’Encamp is a mere 94.4km, but with five mountain passes and a total of 3,370 metres of climbing, this stage could prove an outsized one in terms of the final destination of the maillot rojo.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.